The father preferred his daughter die rather than she be touched by a strange man, Emirates 24x7 reported on Sunday.
The incident took place when the family holidaying in Dubai went for a picnic and fun at the beach.
"The girl suddenly started drowning while swimming. She was screaming for help but his father stopped life guards to rescue her." said Lt. Col Ahmed Burqibah, Deputy Director of Dubai Police's Search and Rescue Department.
"She died unfortunately, at a time when she had a chance to live, especially that the rescue men were so close to her to pull her out of the water," added the statement.
Victim's father's belief, his delay and fight with life guards cost the girl her life. She died.
The Asian father was later arrested by police and prosecuted.