Boy found dead in ho­tel hot tub

Fa­ther tells how week­end trip turned to tragedy

7 Days in Dubai - - FRONT PAGE - By Is­mail Se­bug­waawo @is­mailsebu

A three-year-old boy drowned af­ter fall­ing into a hot tub in his fam­ily’s ho­tel room in Dubai.

The in­ci­dent oc­curred when the Emi­rati fam­ily, who live in Al Ain, had trav­elled to Dubai to spend the long week­end in a ho­tel.

Po­lice said the par­ents, their four chil­dren and their house­maid ar­rived for their stay on Thurs­day af­ter­noon.

The fam­ily had booked a du­plex apart­ment. It was not stated in which part of Dubai the ho­tel is lo­cated.

It’s be­lieved that an hour af­ter the fam­ily had checked in, the child, who was named as Saif Al Nuaimi, wan­dered off to the bal­cony where he fell into the hot tub.

His fa­ther told au­thor­i­ties that Saif slipped and fell into the hot tub that was on the bal­cony of one of the rooms in their suite.

“We had booked a dou­ble-floor suite in a ho­tel, for me and my fam­ily,” said the fa­ther.

“And dur­ing the first hour of our ar­rival and be­fore check­ing out the en­tire suite, the house­maid went up­stairs along with three of my sons, aged six and seven.”

The fa­ther says the maid and the chil­dren opened the door to the bal­cony to check out the hot tub and didn’t close it after­wards.

Po­lice said Saif wan­dered out onto the bal­cony, slipped and fell in. He was found by the fam­ily. The fa­ther com­plained to the au­thor­i­ties that there were no bar­ri­ers around the hot tub to pre­vent chil­dren from ac­cess­ing it. He also said there was no warn­ing in the room to alert par­ents.

Po­lice are still in­ves­ti­gat­ing the in­ci­dent.

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