x Abu Dhabi, UAE Thursday 20 July 2017

Three arrested over Global Village Ferris wheel death in Dubai

Three people have been arrested for the death of a man hit by a rod that fell from a ride at Global Village. All rides are shut and the fun fair section has been cordoned off until further notice.

Sheikh Mohammad Bin Saud Bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Crown Prince of RAK, (second from left) has offered his condolences to the family of Ferris wheel victim Abdullah Al Habsi. WAM
Sheikh Mohammad Bin Saud Bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Crown Prince of RAK, (second from left) has offered his condolences to the family of Ferris wheel victim Abdullah Al Habsi. WAM

Three people have been arrested for the death of a man hit by a rod that fell from a ride at Global Village on Thursday, Dubai Police have confirmed.

The accident happened at about 10pm when a part of the Ferris wheel fell on the man who was standing below.

Colonel Ali Ghanem, the director of the Bur Dubai Police station said three people were arrested on the same day.

"That includes the owner, operator and engineer responsible for the ride," he said.

He said the case had been passed on to public prosecution for further investigation.

All rides were shut yesterday and the fun fair section has been cordoned off until further notice, representatives of the Global Village said.

Officials said a team of safety inspectors from Dubai Municipality are carrying out their inspection into safety measures as well.

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.