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Rt News – “Pictures emerge on Twitter showing 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.Â Â Â
Burning debris rained down from the building as firetrucks raced to the scene.
Nobody was injured in the fire, a civil defense official told Al Arabiya.
The hotel and residential compound has nearly 200 rooms and over 600 apartments.
Local media say that The Address has been evacuated, and people are being moved out of the Dubai Mall located nearby.
Currently, there are at least four firefighting brigades at the site to deal with the blaze and ensure the safety of the public, according to the Twitter account of the Dubai governmentâ€™s media office.
The fire broke out as Dubai was preparing to celebrate New Year.
Officials say they plan to go ahead with the festivities, which include three displays beginning at the Burj Khalifa. The skyscraper is decorated with 400,000 LED lights, while the fireworks display will feature 1.6 tons of pyrotechnics.”