Emirati Girl Drowns in Pool: Dubai Court Cancels Deportation for 5 Hotel Employees, Orders Dh200,000 Blood Money

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Girl Drowns in Dubai Pool: Court Hands Verdict

A court in Dubai has cancelled a deportation order for five hotel employees found guilty of negligence that led to the drowning of an Emirati girl in the hotel’s swimming pool.

The Dubai Court of Appeal also ordered the five employees, which included the hotel manager and two lifeguards, to pay the girl’s family a joint blood money of Dh200,000 as compensation.

Each of the five employees were given a two-month suspended jail sentence and also fined Dh10,000 each.

The case dates back to August 2 last year when the three-year-old girl drowned in the swimming pool of the hotel in Al Barsha Heights.

Records showed that the girl was alone for six minutes. CCTV footage showed one of the lifeguards talking with guests when the girl drowned.

Further investigation showed that the children’s play area and the adult swimming pool lacked a barrier, and also did not have enough signage to warn guests. ICA/Expat Media

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