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Burj Khalifa Suicide: Man Jumps Off World's Tallest Skyscraper

Burj Khalifa Suicide

AP/The Huffington Post   First Posted: 05/10/11 11:59 AM ET Updated: 07/10/11 06:12 AM ET

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- 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 reports in the local media.

The reports cite security officials 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 the tower's owner, Emaar Properties, the half-mile-high 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 below.

Emaar could not immediately be reached to comment on Tuesday's incident.

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