Dubai: Fire engulfs Dubai tower before New Year celebrations

Dubai, Jan 1  (IANS) Fire broke out on Thursday in a luxurious hotel in Dubai where people were gathering nearby to watch the New Year’s fireworks show.

The fire broke out around 9.30 p.m. at the Address Downtown Dubai hotel, close to the world’s tallest building, the iconic Burj Khalifa, and near to the site of a planned fireworks show.

According to local media, the fire started at the 20th floor from the exterior of the hotel, and the fire control systems were perating to prevent the fire from reaching the interior of the building.

About four fire-fighting teams were working to stop the fire from spreading and ensure public safety.

The Dubai Civil Defence Director said the fire will not effect Burj Khalifa New Year’s celebrations.

No casualties were reported, according to Dubai General Department of Traffic.

The hotel seems well booked, with many guests seen on their balconies as fire bridges were rushing in and the fire was spreading to the high floors.


UAE: Inferno at 63-story luxury hotel in Dubai near New Year’s Eve fireworks display

UAE (AP): The Address Downtown Dubai hotel engulfed in flames. The building that hosts the 5-star hotel is 302 meters tall and is located not far from the New Year’s Eve fireworks display.


It was not immediately clear what caused the fire, which covered at least 20 stories of the building near the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest skyscraper, AP reports.

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