UAE | Emergencies

Dubai Mall cordoned off due to smoke

Investigation continues to find out cause of incident at the second floor of mall

  • By Derek Baldwin, Chief Reporter and Noorhan Barakat, Staff Reporter
  • Published: 14:40 August 21, 2012
  • Gulf News

Smoke billows from an area on the second floor of the Dubai Mall
  • Image Credit: Ma Cleofe Maceda/Gulf News
  • Smoke billows from an area on the second floor of the Dubai Mall on Tuesday. This photo was taken with the help of taxi driver Hakim.
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Dubai: A grey haze filled the Dubai Mall’s upper southwestern reaches at midday on Tuesday after smoke is believed to have billowed out of an exhaust fan.

Dubai Civil Defence cordoned off the first and second floors of the section of the mall closest to the outdoor lake at the foot of Burj Khalifa to ensure public safety until the incident was fully contained.

By 12:20pm four large fire trucks, first-responders as well as ambulance officials had arrived at the fountain area.

Authorities couldn’t be reached for comment at press time to confirm whether a fire had broken out or if the smoke was caused by a different source. It’s not known whether there were any injuries.

Gulf News was on the scene where it appeared that the smoke emanated from the second floor near the The Waterfall and The Fountain.

Water was dripping from the ceiling of the basement entrance onto the outdoor sidewalks close to the cinema entrance of the mall nearest The Address hotel in the Old Downtown.

An Emaar spokesperson told Gulf News in a statement that the situation was under control. “An incident was reported in a restaurant at The Dubai Mall which emitted smoke, activating the alarm system.”

Employees of retail stores looked on from their workplaces as security personnel and staff shut down escalators leading to higher floors.

Escalators were taped off to prevent anyone from entering.

One bystander said the “smoke was very thick and it happened very quickly”.

Comments (7)

Were you at Dubai Mall when people witnessed smoke near the ice rink? Did you take any pictures or videos? We would like to hear from you
  1. Added 12:22 August 22, 2012

    We went there around 4pm, but we did'nt see even a mark of fire accident....we came to know only this mornng,.

    Rakesh Bisht, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 11:52 August 22, 2012

    I hope everyone's safe. This incident could have taken 100's of lives. I thank God I wasn't there and i had not faced all these problems.

    ria, dubai, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 11:39 August 22, 2012

    There was a lot of thick black smoke, but hats of to Dubai Civil Defence for immediately attending to the incident. I have my warehouse connected as well and always receive immediate response whenever there is an alarm. Keep up the good work!

    Tagore, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  4. Added 11:36 August 22, 2012

    That's right Sharif. Dubai Civil Defence has responded to this accident very quickly, preventing any major disaster.

    Jaison, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  5. Added 09:53 August 22, 2012

    Dont compare with Qatar fire. Dubai Mall was minor and everything under control. alhamdulillah. Once more Dubai fire force and other security departments did their best.

    sharif, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  6. Added 22:01 August 21, 2012

    It's very sad to know that, but we thank God everything is under control now. Dubai is best and Dubai Mall is heart of Dubai. God bless.

    MEENAXI, RAK, United Arab Emirates

  7. Added 16:02 August 21, 2012

    after Qatar, it's Dubai Mall on fire...

    varghese, dubai, United Arab Emirates

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