DUBAI SUICIDE ATTEMPT: Man tries ending own life at shopping mall

A man was arrested in the United Arab Emirates after he attempted to kill himself by climbing over a barrier at one of the country’s many shopping malls. Police in the touristy emirate of Dubai arrested the man, whose name and details have not been published, after he instantly began clambering over a glass barrier on the first floor. The incident is believed to be a suicide attempt, although Dubai police said that the man was doing it for attention.

On their official Twitter account, Dubai Police tweeted that the man had tried to seek attention of nearby shoppers. He was then immediately arrested.

(c) Dubai Police/Twitter
(c) Dubai Police/Twitter
(c) Khaleej Times

The incident occurred at the Dubai Mall this past Friday, but was reported in the UAE English-language broadsheet Khaleej Times today after information was released by the Dubai police. 

Under Emirati law, suicide and attempts to kill oneself are considered a crime and arrested individuals are brought before a Court of Misdemeanours. Would-be suicides can be fined up to a maximum of UAE Dh. 5,000 (GBP £871) and potentially receive a six month prison sentence. The vast majority of victims however are usually only fined by judges. Even doctors who treat victims of suicides must inform the authorities regardless of patient confidentiality rules. Failure to do so could see them accused of aiding a suicide which is also a crime under the controversial Article 335 of the UAE Federal Penal Law. United Arab Emirates civic law largely draws its inspiration from Shar’iah religious commandments, which prohibits suicide as a form of murder.

There are few figures available on suicide rates in Dubai, but at least a few hundred have been reported per year among the emirate’s expatriate non-Arab population. Many of Dubai’s foreign-born residents are exploited by callous employers who withhold their wages and cram them into tiny roomshares in the city’s numerous construction sites. According to a study published by the International Journal of Social Psychiatry, 6.3 expatriates per 100,000 of the population end their lives compared with 0.7 UAE citizens. Suicide rates for men are three times higher than for women, and most suicide victims are from India.

In April this year, a man attempted to commit suicide by jumping off a bridge that forms part of Dubai’s main thoroughfare, Sheikh Zayed Road. The victim, described as an ‘Asian working with a governmental organisation’ survived. Dubai police attributed his survival to ‘divine intervention’.

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3 thoughts on “DUBAI SUICIDE ATTEMPT: Man tries ending own life at shopping mall

  1. BeWithUs September 8, 2013 / 4:26 pm

    Suicide is a crime, both legally and morally…but at times, I keep thinking that a person must have been in such a desperate state that taking his/her life isn’t really a hard thing to do.

    Perhaps what we can do is to just show a little concern to the ones around us at times so that they won’t have the chance to step into the path of darkness in their life…

    Thank you for sharing this article.

    Cheers!! 😀


    • halfeatenmind September 8, 2013 / 4:38 pm

      Unfortunately it’s true, as someone who himself had a very difficult life at times, I can understand the desperation that some people would face that would make them do such a drastic thing, but even in my darkest days, I realised that life is a gift from God, and suicide would mean throwing that gift back. There is always a light at the end of the tunnel.
      What you say is very true. It doesn’t take long to just sit down with someone and talk things through. Some may find talking just takes the burden off their shoulders and shows them that someone out there does care about their issues.
      A few years ago, I had a friend do suicide after her boyfriend cheated on her. She was a really sweet person, and even now I wish I could have somehow prevented it, talked her out of it you know. That’s why now I always try to be understanding to people, and help them through thick and thin. A problem shared is a problem halved.

      Sorry for the slightly depressing read, but I do appreciate you visiting and reading the article. Thank you so much and have a great Sunday.

      – HalfEatenMind


      • BeWithUs September 9, 2013 / 6:26 am

        I am so sorry about the loss of a dear friend…

        At times, all one may need is a pair of listening ears, like a rubbish bin where they can dump all those rubbish (negative thinking) into…so, within my family and circles of friends, we would always say…”Hey, you need a rubbish bin today?”

        So, may you be a good rubbish bin for all your loved ones so that their lives would be a better one!

        Cheers!! 😀


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