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Asian man jumps to death from world’s tallest building

/ 06:27 AM May 11, 2011

DUBAI—An unidentified Asian man jumped to his death on Tuesday from the 147th floor of Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, slamming into a terrace 39 floors below, police said.

“The police operations room received a call about a suicide at the Burj Khalifa today, and investigation teams were immediately dispatched,” Dubai police said.

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He crashed onto the terrace of the 108th floor.

Police said the man was employed at a company located in the imposing 828-meter (2,716-feet) building. The National newspaper said on its website that he had asked for a holiday and been denied it.

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Local news reports said the man, believed to be in his 30s, became the first to commit suicide from the 160-storey building, which broke engineering and architectural records when it opened in January 2010.

A high-speed elevator ride to an observation deck at level 124 can cost up to 400 dirhams ($110).

An Emirati, Nasser al-Neyadi, jumped from the building in January 2010 to set a sky diving record, according to the owners.

If you or someone you know needs help, call the National Center for Mental Health hotline at 0917-899-USAP (8727); (02) 7-989-USAP; or 1553 (landline to landline, toll-free).

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