A large fire, on Wednesday, at a luxury hotel in Dubai

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A large fire erupted at a luxury Dubai hotel on Wednesday. Guests and staff were forced to leave. Several fire engines and police cars were deployed at the five-star Swissôtel Al Murooj hotel in downtown Dubai. Videos posted on social media showed giant orange flames leaping out of the ornate roof . Smoke and thik were sent into the sky. Emergency workers battled the blaze for around an hour.Access was permitted in the building. Fortunatelly, no injuries were reported. However, this fire was not a good fact for the reputation of tourism industry in the UAE. Dubai is home to more than 900 completed high-rises, 88 of which exceed 180m.

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A series of fires in tall buildings occurred in the last years. One of them was ar at the 48-story Abbco Tower in Sharjah, neighboring Dubai. Another building hit was the Torch tower, and even twice. A fire occurred on New Year’s Eve 2015 at Address Downtown, a popular high-rise hotel in Dubai situated near the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building. The reason for the blazes, building and safety experts say, is the material used for the buildings’ sidings, called aluminum composite panel cladding. Similar cladding systems have contributed to comparable incidents in other countries such as Australia, France, Turkey and China. In response to such incidents, new UAE fire safety regulations introduced rules recquiring that fire-retardant cladding must be fitted to all new buildings, but there is no specification to retrofit older buildings in this way.