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. Lindsey

    This is so sad. I worked in Dubai for several years and saw firsthand the conditions for many of the expats there. I was fortunate enough to be in upper management, but work conditions and such for front line workers are really tough. I never appreciated two-day weekends until I came back to the States. Godspeed to this man and his family.

    May 10, 2011 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  2. ELH

    "You won't grant me leave so I'll leave without the grant. Really, really leave. I'm going. Goodbye."

    May 10, 2011 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  3. smhinnc

    Wow, you all are really cold. Is there nothing that you won't make light of? Not that my comment will change that. My sympthies go out to this man's family.

    May 10, 2011 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jingoistic Drum Banger

    I like military parades ~ the russians have the best military parades.

    May 10, 2011 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • joe

      Yeah! the Russians do have the best parades.

      May 10, 2011 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Madmardigan

    Jumping from that building, I'm pretty sure you would hit terminal velocity.

    May 10, 2011 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • De-fund Congress

      "Terminal" in two senses of the word!

      May 10, 2011 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • kw

      In this case, "terminal" velocity = 0.

      May 14, 2011 at 2:16 am | Report abuse |
  6. kittybling

    Crazy thing to do!

    May 10, 2011 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Brian

    suicide my ass he got caught taking a bite out of a coworkers sandwich and decided to show them he has super powers and could fly ..................He did for a little bit at least.

    May 10, 2011 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Pedro

    Afterwards, he was fired for failing to make it to the ground.

    May 10, 2011 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Geoff Hamilton

    "You thinking what I'm thinking?"
    "Aim for the bushes"

    May 10, 2011 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mr. Science

      You shot Derek Jetah?

      May 10, 2011 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Samuel R. Preston, III

    The fall does not kill you. It's the sudden deceleration that does it.

    May 10, 2011 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  11. D23

    Its raining men, Hallelujah its raining men, AMEN!

    ...SORRY couldn't help myself..

    May 10, 2011 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
  12. You all amaze me

    You are all idiots. Don't any of you work? The comments show just how stupid you all are. You should need a license to post on any website. I hope you do not intend to have and children...basic hillbillys ooohfooship....oh sorry, wind was sucked right out of me.

    May 10, 2011 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mr. Science

      Mr. Science seem to believe you have a creature of the insect variety lodged within your discharge orifice.

      Please, lighten-up he's dead already.

      May 10, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Edwin

      Some people make jokes because they don't know the guy so don't care that he died.

      May 10, 2011 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  13. zip

    Probably slave worker, the whole city is build on slave labour.

    May 10, 2011 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • DeAguaDulce

      Exactly. He probably could get them to give him his passport back. That's very typical in the Gulf. "Deny someone leave" means they are being held against their will. Westerners who live there turn a blind eye to this because life is good for them their and the Emiratis don't dare treat them the same way they do Bangladeshis and Filipinos.

      May 10, 2011 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • DeAguaDulce

      * life is good THERE

      May 10, 2011 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  14. You all amaze me

    still being amazed at the limitless wit shown here.

    May 10, 2011 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
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