On 16 November 2014 Laura Vanessa Nunes fell to her death from the At the Top Sky observation deck on the 148th floor of the Burj Khalifa, Dubai, the tallest building in the world, scarcely a month after the deck was officially opened to the public. Her death was covered up by the government of Dubai.

On 18 May 2015, Rob Davies from the Daily Mail exposed the government of Dubai and the Emaar Property Group’s best kept secret, Laura’s suicide from the Burj Khalifa.


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Laura in Cape Town

It was promptly denied by General Khalil Ebrahim Al Mansouri, Assistant to the Dubai Police Chief for Criminal Investigation Affairs, who said that “the 39-year-old woman jumped out of her 14th-floor Jumeirah Lake Towers (JLT) apartment.” A blatant lie. Laura had been staying in Room 309 at the Abidos Hotel Apartments, Dubailand.



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Thirty-two months after the Rob Davies Daily Mail article, and on the third anniversary of Laura’s death, Mark Saunokonoko of 9new.com.au released the second article with irrefutable proof that Laura had fallen to her death from the 148th floor of the Burj Khalifa, not a 14th-floor apartment at Jumeirah Lakes Towers as was reported by the news media in Dubai.


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Laura and I in South Africa

‘Portuguese embassy emails obtained by Nine under Portugal’s freedom of information laws confirmed that Laura had jumped from the 148th floor of the Burj Khalifa’.

Luis Camara, deputy consul of the Portuguese Consulate in Abu Dhabi, had received the information from the Dubai Police a day after Laura’s death.

The truth. Laura fell to her death from the 148th floor of the Burj Khalifa.

This question still remains. On 10 May 2011, thirty-eight year old Athiraman Kannan, who came from Tamil Nadu in India, and who worked as a cleaner for Arabtec at the Burj Khalifa, fell to his death from the 147th floor of the Burj Khalifa.

Interestingly, his death was acknowledged by the Dubai Police, i.e. the government of Dubai, and the Emaar Property Group. Laura’s was covered up. Why? Athiraman was an Indian national, Laura was a Portuguese national? Why did the government of Dubai conceal Laura’s death?

And when the truth came out, the Dubai Police lied about the location of Laura’s death, and the Emaar Property Group and the Armani Hotel, Dubai, refused to comment on her death. Laura’s body was found on the third floor balcony of the Burj Khalifa, outside the Amal restaurant of the Armani Hotel. The restaurant was closed at the time of her death.

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Part of the Coroner’s Report, in Arabic and translated into English, from the government of Dubai, issued on 17 November 2014. 

Laura’s surname was not included in the report…all part of the elaborate cover-up.

This website is dedicated to my daughter, Laura, her life, and her death. My aim is to keep her story alive and to ensure that the government of Dubai will never conceal her death again, or the location of her death. I often blog about the injustices in the world and the memories of Laura. I sometimes blog about my own life.

Leona Sykes

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