Suicide at the Burj Khalifa

20 May 2015…my last day in Dubai before leaving the following morning for South Africa…lunch in the Dubai Mall with a young student from Scotland who also lived at the Abidos Hotel, a book she had just bought for herself…her own search into Islam…her desire to mix with the locals…like Laura many years earlier. She gave it to me instead…Laura Vanessa Nunes_Laura's Voice Whispers from an Angel_Suicide from the Burj Khalifa_Leona Sykes IMG_2457.JPG

From Laura…

From Laura…

‘Suicide at the Burj Khalifa’, the book, which I have been wrestling with for nearly three and a half years, hard to write when I relive what she went through, but getting closer to completion. This book contains the facts and documents relating to her death. How the government of Dubai (and I include businessmen from Dubai because they have all worked for the government at some stage of their careers), concealed her death, and after the Daily Mail expose, they denied that she had fallen to her death from the Burj Khalifa.So this book is to set the record straight.

“She fell to her death from the 14th floor of her Jumeirah Lakes Towers apartment”, part of the misinformation given to the government controlled media by the Dubai police. I am still trying to work out how my daughter’s body managed to travel 24.6 kilometres, to land outside the balcony of Amal Restaurant which is part of the Armani Hotel, on the third floor of the Burj per the Coroner’s Report issued by the government of Dubai. Laura had been staying in Room 309 Abidos Hotel Dubailand, and the Dubai police knew that.

The question remains. Why did the government of Dubai go to such extremes to cover-up Laura’s death from the Burj Khalifa? I don’t expect to receive any answers from them. I have drawn my own conclusions!
This book is about the truth…nothing more, nothing less!!!

Over the years Laura sent many links of music videos to Mubarak. These are the final two on 3 November 2014…thirteen days before her death. For you Mubarak…

1:47:59 AM

1:48:38 AM

17 August 2013…included in an email to Mubarak…page 216 from Laura’s Voice Whispers from an Angel…’But for now in this realm we have to part, but it’s not goodbye…Just for now and a short space of time…


25 July 2018…from wikipedia…


Within 17 months of the building’s official opening, a man described as “an Asian in his mid-30s” who worked at one of the companies in the tower, died by suicide on 10 May 2011 by jumping from the 147th floor. He fell 39 floors, landing on a deck on the 108th floor. Dubai police confirmed the act as a suicide, reporting that “[they] also came to know that the man decided to commit suicide as his company refused to grant leave.”[125]

The Daily Mail reported that on 16 November 2014, Laura Vanessa Nunes, a Portuguese national who was in Dubai on a tourist visa, fell to her death from Burj Khalifa’s “At the Top” observation deck on the 148th floor.[126] However, on 18 May 2015, Dubai police disputed the report made by the Daily Mail on this incident and said that this incident took place in Jumeirah Lakes Towers.[127] A Dubai coroner’s report stated her body was found on the third floor of the Burj Khalifa.[128] Emails obtained under the Freedom of Information act from Portugal’s embassy in the UAE also confirmed that she had committed suicide from the 148th floor of the Burj Khalifa.[129]

From Suicide at the Burj Khalifa. To Asim (name changed to protect her identity). 15 April 2014, she was back in Dubai. Speaking about Mubarak..,

“And after three weeks I was here I told him I was here…but still did not see him…nor want to right now! If I am meant to be with him it will happen. But Allah brought me back here so will see and be patient meanwhile.”

19 March 2015

I was wandering aimlessly around the Dubai Marina, trying to follow in Laura’s footsteps. Which apartment block had she been living in 2012? I only had internal photographs which she had sent to me at the time. Whilst in Dubai, on her facebook, I found images which she had taken from inside the apartment, the views, but I still couldn’t locate it.

Beginning 2017, my mind more focussed, I finally found the apartment block due to one very distinctive feature. In July 2018, as I was going through the photographs of my trip to Dubai, did I realise that I had stood across the water from where she had been staying. A photograph of the lounge.Laura Vanessa Nunes_Burj Khalifa suicide_Suicide at the Burj Khalifa_Laura's Voice Whispers from an Angel_Leona Sykes 10408841_10153168872028633_1318050968006739162_n

16 March 2015, a photograph taken by the Algerian who befriended me on the ground floor of the Burj Khalifa. More memories for the book, the chapter, ‘Visit to Dubai’.

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19 May 2015. Part of an email I sent to Dana Moukhallati of The National, United Arab Emirates, following the lies and denial from the government of Dubai.

“Major General Khalil Ebrahim Al Mansouri is a liar. The CID know exactly where my daughter was staying at the time of her death, something they tried to conceal from me, but I eventually found out. If he can lie about a major detail like this, his statement is totally discredited.”

“As the chairman sits in his office on the 152nd floor of his blood soaked tower, he should reflect…”

27 September 2015, a message to Maktoum. Needless to say I never received a reply from him…

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‘Suicide at the Burj Khalifa’ is the temporary title for this book.

9 January 2015…an email I sent to Mubarak…”What happened to my daughter on 16 November?” From the chapter, ‘The Dusky Pink Handbag’.

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From Laura…1 March 2009…

Who can turn raindrops into sunshine…and teardrops into smiles!!? From ‘Laura’s Voice Whispers from an Angel’.

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I had to go to Dubai to see the CCTV footage of her on the observation deck on the 148th floor of the Burj Khalifa, seconds before her death…if I had not seen it I would have gone crazy.

People asked, ‘Did you see her body?’ ‘Check the time of her death’, and the innuendo was always there that she might not be dead, or that she might have been murdered.

So I had to go there, ‘to see for myself’, as the horrible little inspector told me when he phoned me in January 2015.

And so the book needs to be finished…with the final piece of irrefutable evidence of the circumstances of her death.

I have not disappeared Dubai…and neither will Laura!!!

19 May 2017…a day after the Daily Mail expose two years ago…

The book is not forgotten…will start editing it soon. My mind has started to focus. The first book will contain the facts about my beautiful daughter’s death. The second book will be written posthumously by Laura.

I followed Laura’s footsteps before her death…her messages…her emails…her poetry. And her ghostly image when I visited Dubai in March 2015.

The book follows Laura’s destiny…and there was no sense to her ending. When the Daily Mail released the story about Laura’s death from the At the Top Sky observation deck on the 148th floor of the Burj Khalifa on 18 May 2015, six months after her death, the government of Dubai denied that she had fallen from the Burj Khalifa. The book exposes their lies and the cover up.

But the book is also about Laura. Laura loved…and I hope that with her book and her poetry, her message of love, will fill everyone’s hearts…and lives.

The tragedy of Laura.

It has been difficult to write..I kept running away from it…as I run away from editing it. But that is the next step…

Today is 11 December. I need to withdraw from Laura for a while, for a few months…to continue with my life, and to stop my mind from drifting. And then I will return to her story…

Leona Sykes

Leona Sykes

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