Man dies in jump from world's tallest building
The Burj Khalifa towers above the Dubai skyline.
May 10th, 2011
02:06 PM ET

Man dies in jump from world's tallest building

A man committed suicide Tuesday by jumping off the 147th floor of the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai.

The man landed on a deck on the 108th floor of the 160-story structure, according to news reports from Dubai.

Dubai police confirmed the suicide, according to a report posted by The Gulf Today.

The man was described as an Asian in his mid-30s.

"The deceased works at one of the companies located at Burj Khalifa itself. We also came to know that the man decided to commit suicide as his company refused to grant  leave," a police official told The Gulf Today.

The Burj Khalifa is 2,716.5 feet tall and is the tallest free-standing structure in the world. It officially opened in 2010.

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  1. ptl

    Wow...that's weird. Not just the headline but the reason he jumped too! Crazy! Sad but crazy!

    May 10, 2011 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • bailoutsos

      "man landed on a deck on the 108th floor"
      What a loser, couldn't even make it all the way to the ground.

      May 10, 2011 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Weitko

    His reason for needing time off work must have been very important. What ever his reason... Shame on his company for NOT granting him time off work. Apparently, he was under a great amount of stress

    May 10, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mr. Mackey

      He has all the time off he needs now, mmkay.

      May 10, 2011 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  3. NB

    Go big or go home, as we say on the golf course. I think this counts as big.

    May 10, 2011 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Chris Henry

    Not that big- if he'd have made it to the ground it would have been big.

    May 10, 2011 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • @Mr Mackey


      May 10, 2011 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  5. pas

    My heart goes out to his family and friends. There was nothing you could do, and it's not your fault.

    A daughter of a Suicide

    May 10, 2011 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thomas

      We don't know the background so maybe there was something the family could have done and chose not to.

      Not all suicides are the same

      May 23, 2011 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
  6. Kneehall

    A lot of these contracting companies in Dubai hire cheap labor from India and work them like crazy with little time off with low-pay. These workers leave for Dubai thinking that they will make it big and send money back home to their families. Their families in turn get excited that their son/daughter is going to Dubai to make money but in reality face a lot of hardship.

    May 10, 2011 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  7. banasy

    Why is this in the news? Because it was the world's tallest building? People commit suicide for many reasons everyday, and it doesn't merit a headline. Boo, CNN!

    May 10, 2011 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bruce

      Just because it is linked on the cnn dot com page does not make it a headline. There are dozens of articles linked on that page, only about 2 are considered headlines at most. This isn't one of them.

      May 10, 2011 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • RichG

      Yeah but it's from the tallest building, so it probably hurt.

      May 10, 2011 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  8. kidd

    I hope you guys realize he was a construction worker. Meaning one of those cheap sweatshop labor. They make like 50 dollars a month in Dubai. Otherwise no, most people don't jump off buildings when denied leave.

    May 10, 2011 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  9. CND

    It's misleading....a lot of these laborers that come from India, China, etc have their passports taken away by these companies and therefore cannot return home, despite the horrible conditions they endure. They are often mislead into believing that there is good money to be made in Dubai. The sad part is that the authorities refuse to help saying that it is an issue that they must take up with the company since they are not citizens. Dubai is the eyes of a tourist or a business person!

    May 10, 2011 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  10. cel

    Sad story, sad ending. Moral, don;t do business in countries where they do not respect human life.

    May 10, 2011 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  11. PhaReal

    Crazy he didn't even make it the bottom! the 108th floor was as far as he could go. DAM!!! so sad

    May 10, 2011 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • jimbojones

      It's a reverse glass ceiling.

      May 10, 2011 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • CND

      PhaReal...why don't you see if you could do better. Hopefully you make it all the way to the bottom!

      May 10, 2011 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  12. loai

    Shame on the company first and last. I am 100% sure these workers come from very very humble backgrounds.
    When the best of Moslims peace be upon them all were under the prophets peace be upon him, their buildings were 0.01 level high but no one would contemplate a suicide. Now when this corrupt generation with plenty of resources and 106 levels, they cause somebody to jump from a building. Shame on them as they are more into show off show off show off than respect for hum dignity.

    May 10, 2011 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      He was probably a suicide diver, and failed to hit anyone else! Peace be upon THAT!

      May 10, 2011 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Canadian Jim

    How do you jump off a building and not hit bottom?

    May 10, 2011 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • jpip

      take a look at the picture. the base of the structure covers several city blocks (in order to support the massive structure)... Now look at the pinnacle. He'd have to get a hell of a running start to get to the side walk.

      though some might say, he'd have had the same result jumping from a 39 story building, but like another comment said: "go big or go home".

      May 10, 2011 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  14. CND

    PhaReal...why don't you see if you could do better. Hopefully you make it all the way to the bottom!

    May 10, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Eric

    If you any kind of research into Dubai and their labor practices you'll realize that slavery and indentured servitude are alive and well in the world. "But they chose to go to Dubai and work there" - have you considered the alternative may have been starving to death?

    May 10, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • MadMo

      It is Islam who started the slavery! It is Islam who continuing the slavery!

      May 10, 2011 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • PunkKid

      In general, I feel that no one should ever have to feel like suicide is any answer for themselves. Now that I've gotten that out of the way, I wonder what kind of slam sound was made from that drop?!?! Were any of the others in the building get distracted when he hit the deck? Wicked high!!!

      May 10, 2011 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • DeAguaDulce

      Eric, you are right. Not to mention that many Asian workers are lured there from small villages with promises of big money for their families never suspecting that they are going to have their passport taken from them and will be forced to stay. Yes, they cam voluntarily, but should have the right to leave voluntarily as well. Sorry, but Muslims truly do believe that they have the right to other people's bodies.

      May 10, 2011 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • wzrd1

      MadMo, you are a moron of the 33rd degree and should NEVER be permitted to breed.
      Eric, I agree completely. I personally witnessed such abuses, fortunately, where I witnessed such things was in Qatar and the government was very, very, very interested in correcting that and did so. I also remember a few cases of workers dying from working when the temperature required them to NOT be working, the government charged the management and supervisors with murder for them.
      I kind of respected that. I can only hope that they continue to advance after I left.
      But, since they ALSO were opening a handful of Christian churches that the government sponsored and built, to include a Roman Catholic church, I suspect they have continued.
      The REST of the middle eastern nations, not anywhere as good. Pretty much slave labor.

      May 12, 2011 at 12:49 am | Report abuse |
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