Fire raging in Dubai skyscraper after fireworks

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Two minutes preceding the countdown, a light display will sweep through Downtown Dubai creating intricately designed patterns on the façade of The Dubai Mall.

The building is also close to the world's tallest building, Burj Khalifa, where people are gathered to watch New Year's Eve fireworks.

Television pictures showed pieces of blazing debris raining down from the building.

It is unclear how the blaze began, but officials said it started on the exterior of the 20th floor, according to CNN.

Meanwhile, Travelex's most recent report reveals that Dubai is the most expensive city in the world to bring in the New Year, topping London, Paris and even NY, reveals a news report by The National. Started from a terrace & raced up.

Dubai planned to wow spectators with three separate firework displays this evening.

This year, Dubai will be dazzled by a 24-minute fireworks show that will flow from Burj Khalifa at midnight on a 23km journey to the Burj Al Arab and then down to The Beach at JBR for the finale. "The flames burst out really big and before we knew it the whole of the Address Hotel was covered in orange flames".

The Dubai government's media office tweeted that civil defence teams were working to evacuate the 300-metre hotel and tackle the fire. From 6pm, Al Saada Street, as well as the road from the Murooj Rotana to the Burj Khalifa, will be closed. They said 1.6 tons of fireworks would be used in the display.

Almost an hour after the fire began, some onlookers began to leave while others stood, pressed against crowd barricades, watching the blaze. "I do feel suspicious of when a fire breaks out on New Year's Eve", he said.

"It's pretty scary stuff", she said.

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