A climber dubbed ‘The French Spider-man’ will attempt to make history today when he scales Dubai’s Burj Khalifa.

Alain Robert is to try the 828m climb up the world’s tallest building during the Education Without Borders 2011 international student conference.

Robert, 48, picked up his nickname as he regularly climbs the world’s tallest buildings – having scaled 100 already – often without the aid of safety harnesses.

Robert has spoken in the past of his dream of climbing the Burj. He has already climbed the National Bank of Abu Dhabi and other UAE buildings.