June 12, 2021

Third Dubai fire in days raises questions about Gulf cladding safety

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By Sylvia Westall and Noah Browning, Reuters From Business Insider

DUBAI (Reuters) – A small fire broke out a Dubai hotel on Monday, forcing guests and staff to leave, in the third such blaze in the United Arab Emirates tourism and trade hub in less than a week.

Several fire engines and an ambulance were deployed at the Movenpick hotel near the Marina district as scores of people gathered outside.

A video of the hotel posted on social media showed thin clouds of smoke wafting around a lower floor.

The hotel said on its official Twitter account that the fire was “swiftly brought under control and guests and staff were safely evacuated.”

Civil defense workers gave the all-clear for people to return inside and there were no reports of injuries.

A blaze shot up the side of a nearby residential tower on Friday, and local media reported that a smaller fire was quickly put out at a neighboring building on Sunday. No injuries were reported in either of those fires.

The series of fires in tall buildings in the UAE has revived questions about the safety of cladding materials used in the Gulf region and beyond.

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IMAGE: Damaged to the Torch Tower is pictured after a fire engulfed the residential skyscraper in the Dubai Marina pictured on February 21, 2015 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Warren Little/Getty Images

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