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'French Spiderman' Climbs Dubai's Burj Khalifa

At this point, with more than 120 sky scrappers under his belt, it's almost become routine. Still, we'll mark it, because the self proclaimed "French Spiderman" Alain Robert is, right now, climbing the world's tallest building in Dubai.

Normally, he does it without permission and lots of times he's been arrested, but this time, while he attempts to climb the 160 story, 2,716.5 foot Burj Khalifa, he is doing it with permission and with a rope and harness, reports Al Jazeera.

The Gulf News is keeping a live blog of the adventure and spoke to him right before he began his climb:

"It seems there is a little challenge because today is a windy day and it will make things a bit more difficult," Robert told Gulf News, hours before his ascent.

"It might be a little freezing as I'll reach the top around midnight so my climb will partly be in darkness."

The pictures are astounding and terrifying:

French climber Alain Robert scales the 828 meter World's tallest tower Burj Khalifa in Dubai. i
Marwan Naamani/AFP/Getty Images
French climber Alain Robert scales the 828 meter World's tallest tower Burj Khalifa in Dubai.
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French climber Alain Robert scales the 828 meter World's tallest tower Burj Khalifa in Dubai on March 28, 2011. i
Marwan Naamani/AFP/Getty Images
French climber Alain Robert scales the 828 meter World's tallest tower Burj Khalifa in Dubai on March 28, 2011.
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French climber Alain Robert scales the World's tallest tower in Dubai. i

French climber Alain Robert scales the World's tallest tower in Dubai. Marwan Naamani/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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French climber Alain Robert scales the World's tallest tower in Dubai.

French climber Alain Robert scales the World's tallest tower in Dubai.

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