Report: Suicide off tallest skyscraper in Dubai

I suppose there is no “good” way of committing suicide, as one must be in a real state of despair to do so. But I would think that the “best” way of ending one’s life (once the decision has been reached) would be the swiftest. Jumping is definitely not fast, as those several seconds in the air must feel like hours. What’s worse, while over the edge, a person may think of changing their mind, but it’s too late.

Either way, suicide is definitely a sad affair. A former colleague of mine fairly recently committed suicide with a firearm. This guy was a calm, level-headed, middle-aged, Harvard graduate with a family. I suppose one never knows what demons lurk in a person’s mind… TGO

Refer to story below. Source: Associated Press

Photography: Reuters

Tue May 10, 11:31 am ET

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – A man committed suicide on Tuesday in a plunge of 39 floors from a segment of the world’s tallest skyscraper in Dubai, according to the its owner and reports in the local media.

Emaar Properties, the owner of the towering Burj Khalifa said in a brief statement “an incident involving a male” was reported at the tower’s site at 9:00 a.m. Tuesday.

“The concerned authorities have confirmed that it was a suicide, and we are awaiting the final report,” Emaar’s statement also said. It did not elaborate further.

The media reports quoted security officials as saying the man fell from the 147th floor of the 2,717 foot-tall (828-meter) Burj Khalifa and landed on a deck on the 108th floor. It is the first known suicide from the landmark tower, which opened in January 2010.

Reports on the websites of the Gulf News and 7 Days newspapers say the man jumped Tuesday after a dispute with his company.

Police did not immediately reply to calls by The Associated Press for further details.

According to Emaar, the skyscraper has 160 habitable stories. An observation deck is located on the 124th floor and a restaurant — billed as the highest in the world — is located just two floors bellow.

The tower was designed by Chicago-based Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, which has a long track record engineering some of the world’s tallest buildings, including Chicago’s Willis Tower, the tallest in the U.S. formerly known as the Sears Tower.

Burj Khalifa ranks not only as the highest building but also as the tallest freestanding structure in the world, according to its developer.

In March, a French skyscraper climber successfully climbed the tapering metal and glass tower in downtown Dubai in six hours. The 48-year-old climber, Alain Robert, used a rope and harness to comply with organizers’ requirements in the Gulf sheikdom.

Late last year, actor Tom Cruise was seen dangling from the Burj during stunt filming for the latest installment of the “Mission: Impossible” series.

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