Abu Dhabi hotel is to blame for girl's death
An Abu Dhabi hotel and two of its employees have been ordered to pay Dhs200,000 in compensation to the parents of a girl who fell into a swimming pool and drowned.
Abu Dhabi Civil Court made the ruling yesterday after hearing that there were no lifeguards on duty when the Egyptian girl fell into the pool.
The girl’s parents filed a lawsuit against the hotel, one of its lifeguards and a manager following the September 2010 incident. The family demanded they be paid blood money of Dhs200,000 and Dhs21,000 compensation.
The family said the hotel and its two employees were responsible for monitoring the swimming pool and safeguarding hotel visitors.
The defendants 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. Abu Dhabi Criminal Court and an appeal court found the hotel and its employees guilty and ruled that they pay blood money of Dhs100,000 to the family - half of the usual Dhs200,000 blood money since the victim was female.
The court of cassation upheld the ruling that the defendants were to pay only Dhs100,000 blood money rather than Dhs200,000 and ruled out any further appeals in the case.
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 jointly pay Dhs200,000 in compensation.