x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

Dubai Police investigate man's death at Global Village

Global Village confirmed that a man was killed in the fun fair area last night, as witnesses said they saw a "pipe like structure" fall from the Ferris wheel at the park.

DUBAI // A man died last night at the fun fair section of the Global Village in a reported accident on one of the rides.

The Global Village confirmed in statement that a male visitor to the park was killed and said that Dubai Police have launched a full investigation into the incident.

Authorities said in a statement that a team of safety inspectors from Dubai Municipality were at the scene of the accident and are carrying out their investigation.

Witnesses at Global Village today said they noticed a "pipe like structure" fall from the Ferris wheel in the games area.

"I was standing next to another ride with my two children and suddenly saw someone pointing at the wheel," said AM, an Emirati who was there at around 10pm.

"Then I noticed a big pipe, a chunk, fall. I took my kids hand and started running."

According to an online message posted by AM, the pipe broke of the Ferris wheel at the Village landing on people below.

Rashid Hospital's trauma centre confirmed that they received three other cases from Global Village yesterday. According to officials, all of them suffered minor injuries and were discharged last night.

Entertainment shows at the park were closed today as its chief executive met with staff to discuss means to further help investigators.

aahmed@thenational.ae