Dubai fireworks kick off as nearby tower burns

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Dubai welcomes in the New Year with a spectacular fireworks display even as a luxury hotel fire rages nearby. Vanessa Johnston reports.

Dubai fireworks kick off as nearby tower burns

The fireworks went off without a hitch, dazzling crowds in downtown Dubai…

Despite a massive fire raging at a 63-story hotel and apartment block just across the plaza.

The fire broke out shortly before midnight near the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa.

But officials vowed the show must go on.

The hotel was successfully evacuated and 14 people suffered light injuries, the police chief said.

But a medic on the scene — who declined to be identified — put that number at more than 60.

The Dubai of government says the blaze started on the 20th floor, on the outside of the skyscraper.

So as fire crews greeted 2016 by battling to quell the flames…

… these revelers kept their eyes fixed on the sky, for one of the world’s largest pyrotechnic displays to usher in the New Year.

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