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Global Village rides still shut after death

Global Village rides still shut after death
February 8, 2013

Rides at Dubai's Global Village amusement park remain closed this week after the tragic death of a 37-year-old Emirati who died after being hit by a falling iron rod that came off a Ferris wheel on 24th Janaury.

Since then, three operators have been arrested wil the attractions has remained closed.

Global Village Chief Executive Saeed Ali bin Redha explained this week that "the investigation is ongoing and Global Village management is working closely with the concerned authorities, providing full support, following the tragedy."

Officials have not been informed about when the investigation might be completed and the area will be open to the public.

A Dubai Municipality spokesman said its officials had "approached the investigation team many times" but were unable to issue a statement as to what the results of the investigation might indicate. It is not yet known which parties will be held responsible, with no charges yet laid.

The results of the investigation will be made public as soon as the enquiry is complete as to who was responsible and what can in future be done to avert such fatal disasters, authorities said.

Dubai Municipality officials said they will soon issue a memorandum to owners and operators of amusement parks, whether indoor or outdoor, permanent or temporary, urging them to go through the proper inspection procedures.

That includes ride operators obtaining clearance certificates only from inspection authorities that are approved by the conformity assessment department at the municipality.

The amusement area at Global Village is managed and operated by Freij Entertainment.

7th May 2012 - FREIJ ENTERTAINMENT TO BUILD HIGHEST FERRIS WHEEL


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