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. eliza guillott

    Wow!.... this muslim fellow must've been very hard broken by bin Laden's death!...

    May 11, 2011 at 7:17 pm | Report abuse |
  2. scott warren

    "Man dies in jump from world's tallest building"
    Thanks CNN, coming soon, "Man survives in jump from worlds shortest building."

    May 11, 2011 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Ed

    there are thousands of Philippines and other asians trapped almost as slaves in Dubai and other muslim countries. No one should be working for these evil tyrants . They (the muslims) use the laws they twist to keep philippine workers from ever being able to go home and see their children and families. This needs to be brought to light by the media.

    May 11, 2011 at 10:52 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Moe

    He Wasn't thinking with Portals!!

    May 12, 2011 at 12:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Pintu

      Sad truth is that Dubai offers good salaries to Asians like Indians, Pakis, Sri LAankans,etc and when they arrive,the company confiscates all travel papers including passports.Then they make them work as slaves.Obviously this guy wanted out but they wouldn't let him.He would rather die than work for that stupid "salary"

      May 12, 2011 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
  5. Cupio

    I wonder if he was disappointed prior to impact...it was over too quick

    May 12, 2011 at 4:59 am | Report abuse |
    • GrooveMonkey

      I just thought that myself.

      May 13, 2011 at 7:11 am | Report abuse |
  6. fran glass

    ugh. PLEASE stop posting about sky diving. How many times can people say the same thing?

    May 12, 2011 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
  7. Guilty Light

    Why jump? Certainly there were reasons that he shouldn't jump? I feel as though he died with no real direction to his life. I hope that the family copes with this well and that the man is at peace (But hey if your gonna commit suicide, might as well make a headline out of it right? Die big or die alone

    May 12, 2011 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
  8. FreddieK

    I bet he doesn't have the Guts to do it again.

    May 12, 2011 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
  9. uhgrad82

    I guess the guy worked it out and got his "leave". Like "leave" the earth...

    May 12, 2011 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  10. DeeDahDeeDahLifeGoesON

    Okay which one of you are already on a plane to apply for his job?

    May 12, 2011 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  11. 2faced

    If he needed to get to China – the plane would have had a better view!

    May 12, 2011 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  12. PSAGuy

    Nice company....$$$ are king I guess.

    May 12, 2011 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  13. jl

    suicide seems like a cop-out as well as an impulsive deciision.

    May 12, 2011 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  14. probably a slave

    Probably one of the millions tricked into modern slavery over there who couldn't get back home because all of his credentials were being witheld.

    May 12, 2011 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  15. martin

    Allah be praised that he didn't fall all the way to the ground. He was very fortunate.

    May 12, 2011 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse |
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