Huge Fire Sweeps Through Hotel Near World’s Tallest Building in Dubai

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A picture taken on December 31, 2015, shows the Address Downtown hotel burning after a huge fire ripped through the luxury hotel near the world's tallest tower, in Dubai.Photo: Karim Sahib/AFP/Getty Images

On Thursday night, a luxury hotel in Dubai burst into flames, igniting at least 20 stories of the 63-story building. The five-star Address Downtown Dubai is right next to the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world. 

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Photo: KARIM SAHIB

People were starting to gather near the 160-story building, one of the most recognizable and renowned in the United Arab Emirates, for a giant fireworks display. Despite the scary scene, the New Year’s festivities will reportedly continue as planned. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, 1.6 tons of fireworks will be used during the event. 

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It’s not clear what caused the fire, which is taking place on an especially windy night, but it reportedly began on the 20th floor. The hotel was evacuated; no casualties have been reported yet. Earlier this year, a massive fire engulfed the Marina Torch in Dubai, a 79-story residential building. 

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Smoke from a fire that ripped through the Address Downtown hotel billows past the Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest tower, in Dubai.Photo: Karim Sahib/AFP/Getty Images