The DUTCO Group has been hired to restore The Address Downtown Dubai, after a fire ripped through the 63-storey building on New Year’s Eve. An investigation is underway following the blaze at the five-star hotel in the emirate.
CNN reported local officials claiming the blaze, which took four fire crews 20 hours to put out, started on the 20th floor of The Address Downtown Dubai, which sits in the city centre opposite the Burj Khalifa tower.
Dubai authorities have not reported any fatalities in the fire, but confirmed that 16 people were injured, suffering mostly minor injuries, and two, including a pregnant woman, remained in hospital overnight for observation.
The nearby Palace Hotel was also evacuated.
Dubai’s New Year fireworks show went on as scheduled, however.
Emaar Properties, which operates The Address, pledged to reopen the hotel, but have, so far, not given a date for that. The company hired the Dubai-based DUTCO Group to clean and restore the building which, they said, was fully insured for fire.
“As soon as clearing and assessment work is completed, construction will commence as per a tightly scheduled calendar,” an statement by Mohamed Alabbar, chairman of Emaar Properties, said. He added: “We are committed to expediting the reopening of the hotel in line with the directives of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. We are demonstrating the can-do ability of Dubai with our focus on opening the hotel in record time using the best in design, quality and technology.
“The Address Downtown Dubai is our first hotel project and it has set international benchmarks with its excellent hospitality standards. We will restore the project to its glory and even surpass its grandeur that befits the prestige of the city and Downtown Dubai. We are working with all Dubai government entities to expedite the construction work.”
Emaar’s hospitality division accounted for 12% of the firm’s revenue in the nine months to 30 September, 2015, its financial statements show.
The hotel’s website claims the venue “set international benchmarks with its excellent hospitality and service standards”.
It was not immediately clear whether the hotel’s large ballroom or meetings spaces suffered serious damage in the fire.
Confidence in the emirate as an overseas event destination does not appear to be shaken. CN contacted teambuilding specialists Wildgoose’s Dubai-based licensee, Rob Day, director of Turnaround. He said: “Dubai is and will continue to be a great location for the events market, with some of the best hotels and most up to date conference facilities in the world. For us it’s business as usual. We’ve had a tremendous start to the year and expect it to continue.”