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Fire destroys popular Dubai restaurant

Flames were seen coming from the building housing Ravi Restaurant in Bur Dubai this afternoon

Fire destroys popular Dubai restaurant

A fire has broken out in the Bur Dubai area, in a building housing Ravi Restaurant, one of Dubai's most popular restaurants.

Flames engulfed the building in the Al Musalla area of the city on Tuesday afternoon at around 3:30pm and were captured by several Twitter uses in the area.

While the fire has now been extinguished, it is not immediately clear what caused the fire or if there were any casualties or injuries.

The outlet is one of the most popular restaurants in Dubai among residents and tourists.

“There's something quite loveable about Baithal Ravi's,” a 2011 TimeOut Dubai review said of the restaurant. “You'd be forgiven for walking past it and dismissing it as just another cheap curry house, but step inside this lively Pakistani cauldron and you’ll be treated to a delicious marriage of spices,” it added.

Fans took to social websites to voice their concern over the incident: “OMG NOOOOOOO RAVI SET ON FIRE,” one fan named Mahnoors tweeted.

The full name of the Bur Dubai restaurant is Baithal Ravi Restaurant and it serves Pakistani and Indian cuisine. It is not related to another legendary Dubai institution, Ravi's Restaurant in Satwa, which has completely different owners.

Waheed Abdul Hameed, owner of the Ravi Restaurant in Satwa tweeted: "Thanx everyone for your concerns, but the fire
happened at Beit Al Ravi, Bur Dubai. No connection to the original Ravi
Restaurants."

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jon 6 years ago

That last paragraph? Really?

Are you a serious news publication or a teen's Facebook page?

If I wanted meaningless quotes off people with nothing constructive to say I'd read The Gulf News.

Mahnoor THE GIRL QUOTED 6 years ago

Hi Jon. Firstly, u ar such a sassy, meanie pants bcz it was not a meaningless quote... I was sad, depressed and devestated due to the loss.
Secondly, if you read the article properly, it said it was "tweeted"... you can't tweet on facebook Jon!!!

I am very hurt and sad by your remarks. :'(

Don 6 years ago

Hi Jon,

I am disgusted by your snide, insensitive remarks in response to Mahnoor's tweet. It is apparent that she was deeply upset by this incident and your comment highlights the lack of empathy in today's society. I would advise you to apologise for the cruel, hurtful language you have used towards an upset teenager during a time of sorrow in her life.

Furthermore, I would assume that you acknowledge that including information from different segments and stakeholders of the restaurant including teenage girls helps to provide a balanced perspective with regards to the incident. Thus, your interpretation of the inclusion of Mahnoor's comments being "meaningless" are, in fact, invalid.

As Mahnoor pointed out in her reply to your unjustified comment, you cannot tweet on Facebook, thus, before making such a foolish, sweeping statement, learn the conventions of the platform you choose to lambast.

Observer 6 years ago

Hey, take it easy girls.

Saad 6 years ago

hahahahaha welldone mahnore :P

Nuetral 6 years ago

jon, Well said. I liked the 'gulf news' part, especially. cheers :)

Jawad Sultan 6 years ago

Ohh SO sad news.