Massive Fire Engulfs Dubai Hotel Skyscraper

A fire engulfs The Address Hotel in downtown Dubai in the United Arab Emirates

An inferno engulfed a luxury hotel in downtown Dubai in the United Arab Emirates on Thursday night as New Year's Eve revelers gathered nearby for the annual fireworks display. "The flames burst out really big and before we knew it the whole of the Address Hotel was covered in orange flames".

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

From the cityscape to the marina, fireworks will illuminate the Jumeirah coastline which covers Kite Beach, public beaches alongside Jumeirah Beach Road and finally, the Burj Al Arab just nine minutes after the stroke of midnight.

It was not immediately clear what caused the blaze, which the Associated Press reports affected at least 20 stories of the building.

The 63-story Address Downtown building was completed in 2008, and contains 196 luxury hotel rooms and more than 600 apartments, according to its website.

This is the second massive skyscraper fire to strike Dubai this year.

Dubai's Media Office wrote on its official Twitter account that four teams of firefighters were working to put out the blaze. Word on the street is that venues such as Five Guys, Fortnum & Mason and even Tim Horton's, are charging almost AED1,000 per table because of the great views of the Burj Khalifa fireworks that customers will get to see from these locations.

The Telugu film star and his family are in Dubai for New Year's eve. They said 1.6 tons of fireworks would be used in the display. "It spread so quickly when it started", he said.

The Dubai Media Office said that Dubai's tourism department would provide guests evacuated from the building with alternative hotel accommodation. She too was concerned about threats from extremists like the Islamic State group.

"Sometimes it makes me feel unsafe", she said.

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