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. Jason

    Ah, so corporations drive another worker to suicide. What a surprise.

    May 10, 2011 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • JohnnyDH

      He could have quit.

      May 10, 2011 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  2. publius enigma

    Play freebird!

    May 10, 2011 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Rice Cube

    Deech is a Beech.

    May 10, 2011 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Rice Cube

    Right on, Kate!

    May 10, 2011 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Almost There

    Jumped off the tallest building, only to fall 41 stories........FAIL

    May 10, 2011 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • romuluz

      I should not be laughing but it's funny cause it's true

      May 11, 2011 at 4:00 am | Report abuse |
  6. Tcat

    Thats one way to make the headlines....

    May 10, 2011 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  7. sally

    wow... I have no respect for people that commit suicide... BUT, way to give 110 percent

    May 10, 2011 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • muhrvis

      I doubt the people that killed themselves care if you respect them... They're dead.

      May 10, 2011 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Information

    @dawn
    Nah, they're different. Absolute Zero is a temperature.

    May 10, 2011 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Eric

    This is ridiculous. A man jumps off a building and everyone is debating the physics of free-falling. I applaud you all.

    May 10, 2011 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
  10. PP

    This comment is wrong on so many levels. The blatantly racist remark is misdirected. The man was unlikely to be Arab. Arabs in the middle east generally do not find themselves in a position where they cannot get time off from work. The man was probably an immigrant laborer from South Asia who could not get time off to visit his family back home. Labor laws in the middle east are heavily stacked against the immigrant labor population. Delay in paying wages and insanely long working hours are not unusual.

    May 10, 2011 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • yokolee

      Thank you it make sense...a bit, poor man

      May 10, 2011 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
  11. innit

    @Mr. Science:

    Oh, I got the joke. It wasn't funny, period.
    It was just inappropriate as hell to post it over a story in which a man committed suicide.
    You, sir, need some compassion.
    I think we can tell why you can't maintain even an imaginary friendship.
    It sounds like you have to repeat that last phrase of your often in your workday. It must be nice to change it up with "do you want fries with that?"

    May 10, 2011 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mr. Science

      Well it seems since you are attacking and calling people names, you fall into an uncompassionate fornicator in an upright direction column yourself. (You'll get it in about an hour)

      Whilst some of us are merely having a good time at the expense of a stranger, we do it with humor.

      Unlike you, who choose to call names and belittle.

      Hello pot, my name is kettle, why lookie there, were both black. But I my friend, don't take this fecal matter so seriously.

      May 10, 2011 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Luke

    why?

    May 10, 2011 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
  13. innit

    @tapuhere:
    You can type morons. See? Moron.

    May 10, 2011 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • tapuhere

      Having typed long posts that are then "awaiting moderation" (= vaporized), I'll use that little trick whenever there's a possibility of avoiding censure. You can take your chances though. Although... I guess you don't have much to say so what's the diff?

      May 10, 2011 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
  14. tapuhere

    Oh shut up.

    May 10, 2011 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
  15. James

    @Kate. Yes they were Asians who flew into Twin Towers. They were Arab Asians.. LOL... Geography Please....

    May 10, 2011 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
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