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Fire breaks out near Dubai's New Year fireworks display

Published 31/12/2015

Firefighters raced to the scene as a blaze broke out at a residential building near the Burj Khalifa
Firefighters raced to the scene as a blaze broke out at a residential building near the Burj Khalifa

Fire has broken out in a residential building near Dubai's massive New Year's Eve fireworks display.

It was not immediately clear what caused the fire, which ran up at least 20 storeys of the building near the Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest skyscraper.

Burning debris rained down from the building as fire engines raced to the scene.

It was not immediately clear if anyone was wounded in the blaze.

Dubai planned to wow spectators with three separate firework displays.

The show was to begin at the Burj Khalifa, which organisers said was fitted with 400,000 LED lights. They said 1.6 tons of fireworks would be used in the display.

From there, the fireworks were to light up the sky around the sail-shaped Burj Al Arab and later down near the Dubai Marina.

F ireworks also will be on display in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the country of seven emirates.

While the fire was still raging, the Dubai Media officer declared on Twitter: "New Year celebrations in Dubai will continue as scheduled."

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