A massive fire broke out at a luxury hotel and residence in downtown Dubai as New Year’s Eve revelers watched a fireworks display several blocks away.

14 people were treated for minor injuries. The entire building was evacuated quickly. The source of the Dubai hotel fire is unknown.

“They got us out calmly… quickly. We were impressed with how easy we got out of there,” Dubai resident Maha Abouelnebin told CNN.

The fire broke out on the 20th floor of the 63-story Address Hotel at 9:30 p.m. Thursday (Dubai time).

As firefighters battled the blaze, revelers cheered the fireworks display at midnight at the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa.

The Burj Khalifa was outfitted with 400,000 LED lights for its annual fireworks display.

One tourist couldn’t decide whether to watch the Dubai hotel fire or the fireworks display.

“I was torn; do I watch the fireworks, or do I continue to watch the fire?” said Bruce Szczepanski, who watched the scene unfold from his balcony at a nearby hotel.

The Address Hotel blaze is the 2nd skyscraper fire in Dubai this year. A skyscraper called the Torch went up in flames in February. There were no casualties.

Happy New Year everyone! Be safe and drink responsibly.


  • Monday

    Dang

    Well Happy New Year everyone and definitely be safe

  • <—Doesn'tTalkToStrangers

    Happy New Year Roses.???????

    We’re heading out for drinks and dinner, and we’ll definitely be back home before midnight. And yes, I look like Ah Trillion Bucks #youcare 😀

    ???Everyone be safe, and make sure you have a designated driver :rules:

  • Mz.Capricorn

    @AsGoodAsIt. I knew the woman who supposedly shot her daughter in St.Cloud, Fl by “accident” was lying. It sounded suspect to me when i first heard the story. Thats why i didn’t comment about it. The case has now been declared a homicide. Smh.

  • BubblingBrownSuga

    What? I thought it was suspicious too that she would shoot knowing it could have been her daughter.

  • Mel

    Somebody ain’t trynna go into work that’s what really happened. Probably tried to call out sick and the manager said nerp take an Advil and bring ya arse in … Next thing you know fire started smh

  • BubblingBrownSuga

    Lol! They couldn’t pay me enough to work there. Just looking a pictures taken from the top floor made me dizzy. It’s so high in the sky that you can see the curvature of the Earth.

  • BubblingBrownSuga

    Lol! They couldn’t pay me enough to work there. Just looking a pictures taken from the top floor made me dizzy. It’s so high in the sky that you can see the curvature of the Earth.

  • http://Bossip.com/ ohplease

    rofl

  • http://Bossip.com/ ohplease

    rofl

  • 1/8

    Maybe one of their competitors started the fire.

  • Renee Bee

    Happy New Year DTTS!

  • Ant Hill

    Why did this building not collapse due to intense heat like they said the Word Trade Center did?