In another sad addition to the unfortunately long list of high-rise deaths in the UAE this year, two men died in separate mishaps on Sunday in Jebel Ali.
A 40-year-old Russian lost his life as he fell from the balcony of his 34th-floor apartment in Jebel Ali on Sunday, according to a report in 'Al Khaleej'.
Meanwhile, an Afghani worker fell to his death at a construction site in Jebel Ali. He suffered serious head injuries and died on the spot.
Brigadier Khalil Ibrahim Al Mansouri, Director-General of Inquiries, Criminal Investigation Department, Dubai Police, said initial investigations in the case of the Russian's fall from the 34th floor of an apartment reveal no criminal evidence behind the death. The body has been transferred to the forensic department for detailed probe.
After a spate of balcony deaths in the UAE this year, several parents have requested authorities to pass a law allowing them to erect higher railings in balconies to protect their kids.
Last month, a four-year-old Arab girl left alone at home fell to her death from a 15th floor apartment in Al Qasimya area of Sharjah. The child, sleeping alone at home, apparently woke up at about 1.30am and walked towards the window, from where she fell down.
Earlier in September, Dubai saw a double tragedy occur when an Iranian mother jumped to her death after her five-year-old child died after falling from the window of their 8th floor apartment in a high-rise building in Jumeirah Lake Towers.
In September itself, three UAE deaths related to high rises occurred under tragic circumstances, with two involving adults. A week prior to the JLT incident, a woman in Ajman plunged from a hotel balcony when she lost her balance; she was lucky to survive the fall, but her unborn baby wasn’t so lucky.
Prior to that, two other tragedies occurred in Sharjah in September, one involving an Egyptian mother of two who also lost her footing in the balcony and plunged to her death from the 20th floor because the railing was at a much lower height.
The other death involved ateenager who fell from the 21st floor of a tower in Sharjah when attempting to snap a picture of the Khalid Lagoon.
In August, a four-year old Egyptian boy, left alone at home, died after falling from the eighth-floor balcony of his building in Ajman.
Earlier this month, a 30-year old man fell from the balcony of his 11th floor apartment in Al Qusais while trying to escape four friends who were attacking him, after allegedly raping his girlfriend.