Fire in Dubai hotel: Owners promise restoring to former glory

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Owners of The Address Downtown Dubai, Emaar Properties, promised to restore the previous magnificent state of their 63-storey luxury hotel, which was significantly damaged in a blazing fire on New Year’s Eve.

Mohamed Alabbar, the chairman of the Dubai property giant, told on Saturday that they would rebuild the structure to such a new height of glory that would surpass even the previous architectural standards. He promised to reveal further plans and schedules upon finalization.

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The hotel was caught on fire on the New Year’s Eve, when the Dubai skyline was bursting with firecrackers from the Burj Khalifa, the highest building in the world. It started around 9:30pm local time and engulfed the entire building before midnight. However, neither the authorities nor Mr. Alabbar cast any light on the cause of the fire. “Security services are investigating the causes and circumstances of the fire,” said Dubai authorities on Friday.

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The fire was huge and the sight of the building looked frightening with thick smoke racing over the sides and covering the skyline above. However, the authorities quickly evacuated the building and avoided any major casualty. Only 14 people suffered minor injuries, said the Dubai officials, though medics counted the number to 60.

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The Dubai authorities went ahead with the fireworks display, thinking it to be a great way to overcome the frightening scenario.

Dubai has recently been suffered from a number of harrowing fire incidents in grand buildings and skyscrapers. A similar fire broke out Dubai’s 86-story Torch tower in February while another fire damaged a high-rise residential tower in Sharjah’s Emirati city in October.

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