By Staff writer
Sheikh Mohammed also praises citizens for helping Dubai to 'shine with positivity and modernity' in face of dramatic incident
Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has praised emergency services for their role in fighting the blaze that engulfed one of Dubai's most prominent skyscrapers on New Year's Eve.
Sheikh Mohammed, also Prime Minister and Vice President of the UAE, tweeted a message of thanks to the thousands of Dubai's guests who helped bring in 2016 in style despite the emergency.
On Friday, plumes of white smoke still emanated from the charred, 63-storey The Address Downtown Dubai hotel and residential block but civil defence crews had extinguished the flames which erupted around 21:30pm local time on Thursday.
In a tweet on Friday evening, Sheikh Mohammed wrote: "Proud of our police, civil defence and ambulance services. You demonstrated best in world capabilities last night."
A second tweet from the Dubai ruler read: "We are honoured to have such guests in the UAE. With you, despite last night's events, Dubai continued to shine with positivity and modernity."
Dubai police said on Thursday that the building was evacuated and 14 people were lightly injured. A medic at the scene said more than 60 people were treated for mild smoke inhalation and problems caused by crowding as they fled.
The New Year's fireworks display at the nearby Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building, is one of Dubai's most celebrated annual rites and attracted thousands of spectators - most of whom were evacuated before the spectacle went on as scheduled.
Dubai, among the most open and peaceful cities in the war-battered Middle East, prides itself as a tourist and business hub.
My 13 year old son reply to his friends in UK after the foreign media started beaming the pics of the fire in The Address Hotel on NYE .
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