Abu Dhabi hotel to pay out $55K after girl drowned

Hotel & two staff blamed after tragic death of girl who fell into pool

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An Abu Dhabi hotel and two of its employees have been ordered to pay AED 200,000 (US $55,000) in compensation to the parents of a girl who fell into a swimming pool and drowned.

Abu Dhabi Civil Court made the ruling after hearing that there were no lifeguards on duty when the Egyptian girl fell into the pool, 7Days reported.

The girl’s parents filed a lawsuit against the hotel, one of its lifeguards and a manager following the September 2010 incident and demanded they be paid blood money of AED 200,000 ($55,000) and AED 21,000 ($5,700) in compensation.

The defendants are reported to have denied playing a part in the child’s death and accused the father of being negligent for leaving her alone and near the swimming pool. Court records did not state how old the child was.

Previously an Abu Dhabi Criminal Court and an appeal court had found the hotel and its employees guilty and ruled that they pay blood money of only AED 100,000 ($27,227) to the family - half of the usual Dhs200,000 blood money since the victim was female.

This led to the family’s lawyer to file a compensation suit at the civil court, which found the hotel and its employees guilty of negligence that caused the girl’s death and ordered the defendants to jointly pay Dhs200,000 (US $55,000).

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