‘People were shoving each other down the stairs and climbing over each other’: Panic in Dubai as inferno rips though 63-storey hotel… but fails to halt New Year firework celebrations just 500 yards away

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The Address Downtown caught fire at about 9.30pm Dubai time, with the flames appearing to reach from the ground floor up another 40-or-so storeys of the 63 floor building. Those who escaped described how people climbed over each other in their rush to escape the burning building. However, the authorities decided to still go ahead with the fireworks display planned at the Burj Khalifa, just a few hundred feet fromthe burning hotel.

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