A huge fire, which source is yet unknown, has broken out in a high-rise hotel in central Dubai close to the world’s tallest skyscraper, the Burj Khalifa.
Burning debris are said to have fell from the 300m-tall (1,000-feet) building as firefighters arrived at the scene.
Reports say it erupted ahead of a major New Year’s Eve fireworks display which was to be held at the Burj Khalifa.
. The decision to build the building Burj Khalifa, which construction started in 2004 and the exterior completed in 2009, reportedly based on the government’s decision to diversify from an oil-based economy, and for Dubai to gain international recognition.
The building was named in honor of the ruler of Abu Dhabi and president of the United Arab Emirates, Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan; Abu Dhabi and the UAE government lent Dubai money to pay its debts. The building broke numerous height records.