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Fire breaks out at Palm Jumeirah mega hotel

A luxury hotel on the massive man-made Jumeira Palm Island off the Dubai coast has been hit by a huge fire in its lobby.

Dubai Police confirmed the fire broke out in the under-construction Atlantis Hotel’s lobby as labourers were carrying out maintenance work. The hotel is due to open to the public on 24 September.

No deaths or injuries have been reported so far and there was limited damage to the external roof and lobby dome.

Local press reports have quoted Brigadier Abdul Jalil Mahdi, deputy director of Dubai Police’s Criminal Investigation Department (CID) for Preventative Security as blaming the fire on welding activities or an electrical fault.

Dubai is rapidly gaining a notoriety for construction fires. In January 2007 two workers were killed and dozens were injured when fire broke out in the 35-storey Jumeirah Lakes Towers.

The hotel will be the first to open on The Palm, a man-made island off the coast of the UAE that is shaped like a palm tree. It was touted as one of the emirate's most extravagant hotels to date, featuring a water park, aquarium, 1,500 guest rooms and 16 restaurants.

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