Dubai: Residents of Dubai’s Duja Tower, which caught fire on Thursday night, have been provided alternate accommodation at nearby hotels, Gulf News has learnt.
One resident, who did not want to be named, said, “The building management and authorities are doing the best they can to ensure we are fine and safe. We are waiting for an intimation on when we can go back into our apartment.”
Another resident said, “It was an eventful night but we are doing fine.”
A tweet by another resident thanked an adjoining hotel for making arrangements to put them up.
Soon after the fire, Dubai Media Office on Thursday said, “Dubai Civil Defence is extinguishing a fire on the external facade of Duja Tower on Sheikh Zayed Road. The building has been evacuated to ensure the safety of all residents and no injuries have been reported.”
Statement from Duja Tower Management
"Dear Resident. Together with Dubai Civil Defence, Engineering and Security services teams, we are working around the clock to return Duja Tower to safety for residents to return.
"In the meanwhile, access to the building is still restricted pending the Authorities investigation to ensure it is safe for residents to return. They have however allowed families needing to collect medication, pets or passports, to retrieve this only under escort of the Police and building security services. Should you need to retrieve any of these essential items, you may do so after 9am until noon.
"The Owners and Management wish to assure you, that your safety as well as that of your family will always take priority. Once the Dubai Authorities have certified it safe for your return, we will advise you accordingly.
We appreciate and thank you for your patience during this difficult time, and extend our sincerest apologies for the inconvenience you have to endure."