Despite massive hotel fire, Dubai’s New Year’s show goes on

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Dubai goes ahead with an impressive fireworks display to ring in 2016 despite a massive fire at a nearby hotel. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

Despite massive hotel fire, Dubai’s New Year’s show goes on

ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION)

Dubai residents rang in the New Year at midnight local time on Friday (January 1) even as a massive fire continued to burn at a 63-storey skyscraper in the city’s downtown.

The hotel blaze burned near the world’s tallest building on Thursday night, but the block was successfully evacuated and there were only light injuries, the emirate’s police chief said.

Major General Rashed al-Matrushi, general director of the Dubai Civil Defence, had told the pan-Arab television channel Al Arabiya that the Burj Khalifa festivities would go ahead despite the fire, saying: “Of course, it will not affect the celebration.”

A Reuters correspondent saw police evacuating a viewing area near the base of the Burj Khalifa, where tourists and Dubai residents were set to enjoy one of the world’s largest pyrotechnic displays to usher in 2016.

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