Three arrested over Dubai Global Village tragedy

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Three people have been arrested in relation to a fatal accident at the weekend at Dubai's Global Village, according to local reports.

Dubai Police confirmed the arrests took place after the incident on Thursday, in which 37-year old Emirati Abdullah Mohammad Al Habsi was killed by a metal bar which fell from the Freij World Wheel. Those arrested were the owner, operator and engineer of the attraction.

As a result of the tragedy, all funfair rides at Dubai's Global Village were suspended until further notice.

"Global Village announces the suspension of the operations of the funfair rides area, which are owned and operated by Freij Entertainment, until further notice," said the statement posted on Friday.

"Meanwhile the investigation into the cause of the incident continues. Additionally, the entertainment programme for the day has been cancelled as a mark of respect to the family of the deceased."

A team of safety inspectors from Dubai Municipality along with other relevant authorities have visited the scene of the tragedy.

In an update published on the official Global Village website on Sunday, officials said some of the attractions would resume operation.

The Freij World Wheel is the largest travelling wheel in the world and has 42 closed gondola.

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