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Fire stricken Dubai tower to reopen in record time

The Address Dubai fire night

Emaar Properties, owner of the fire ravaged Address Downtown tower in Dubai, has appointed Dutco as the contractor to clear out, assess and carry out any repairs ”in record time”.

Emaar said that a team of international consultants had already been mobilised by Dubai-based contractor Dutco. It said that cleaning work had already started and that mechanical, electrical and structural assessments of the building and restoration were also underway.

Emaar said that it was coordinating with concerned government departments including the Dubai Police, Dubai Civil Defence, Dubai Municipality and Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, among others, to expedite the work.

Emaar Properties chairman Mohamed Alabbar said: “We are committed to expediting the reopening of the hotel in line with the directives of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. We are demonstrating the can-do ability of Dubai with our focus on opening the hotel in record time using the best in design, quality and technology.”

Alabbar said that as soon as the clearing and assessment work was completed, construction would commence to a tight schedule with a focus on the highest standards of quality.

“To achieve our timelines, we will leverage all our resources and our proven track-record of delivering iconic projects,” said Alabbar. “Every aspect of the workflow will be clearly streamlined and we will deploy the latest technology tools to ensure that we meet our timeframe,”

The owners said that the details of the work including the timelines and plans would be revealed in due course.

According to Dubai Civil Defence the fire broke out in the 63 story building at around 9pm on New Year’s Eve with initial information indicating that it originated from the 20th floor of the hotel. It said that all information about the accident would be published once an investigation was complete.

Major General Al Mazeina said that 14 people had sustained minor injuries, one person sustained a moderate injury and one person suffered a heart attack. He said there were no fatalities and all injured people were given medical assistance at the site and then transported to hospitals for further treatment.

It was reported by the commander of the accident site team that the evacuation of the majority of hotel guests at the Address Downtown was carried out in 20 minutes.

Atkins originally supplied architecture, civil and structural engineering, MEP engineering and construction supervision services for the 306m tall mixed use tower with a hotel and serviced apartments.

Readers' comments (1)

  • It is concerning that fire spread across the external cladding seems to be so fast and uncontrolled. The specification of this type of cladding must not allow fire spread so easily.

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