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Dubai's New Year fireworks go ahead despite hotel fire nearby

Dubai authorities decide to go ahead with 24-minute firework display to bring in 2016

Dubai's New Year fireworks go ahead despite hotel fire nearby

An elaborate New Year's fireworks display began in Dubai on Friday at the world's tallest skyscraper, the Burj Khalifa, even though fire was still raging at a 63-storey hotel and apartment block nearby.

Dubai authorities had said the festivities would go ahead despite the fire at the Address Hotel, which they said was 90 percent under control. The hotel was evacuated and most of the injuries were reported to be minor.

Dubai rang in the New Year with a spectacular 24-minute firework display that started at the Burj Khalifa and ended at JBR.

The display, which has been six months in the planning, saw close to 9 tonnes of fireworks fired from over 685 positions by more than 100 specialist technicians along the 23km journey from Downtown Dubai, through the Business Bay Canal, along the Jumeirah coastline leading to the Burj Al Arab before climaxing in a six minute and 20 second crescendo at The Beach JBR.

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