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Dubai’s Emaar hires local contractor to restore gutted hotel in “record time”

“DUTCO Group is on site and working round-the-clock”

Emaar Properties has appointed a Dubai-based local contractor to restore The Address Downtown luxury hotel, which was damaged by a massive fire on New Year’s Eve.

The developer said it would reopen the hotel “using the best-in-class design, quality and technology” in “record time.”

“A team of international consultants has already been mobilised by DUTCO Group, who are now on site and working round-the-clock,” the company said in a statement to the media on January 3.

Cleaning work has started with the mechanical, electrical and structural assessment of the building and restoration is also underway, the company added.

Earlier in the day, in another statement to the Dubai Financial Market, the developer said that The Address Downtown “building and risk of fire are covered by insurance, so there should be no material impact on the company as a result of this incident.”

“The Address Downtown Dubai is our first hotel project and it has set international benchmarks with its excellent hospitality standards. We will restore the project to its glory and even surpass its grandeur, befits the prestige of the city and Downtown Dubai. We are working with all Dubai government entities to expedite the construction work,” says Mohamed Alabbar, the chairman of the company.

The developer said it was coordinating with various government entities including the Dubai Police, Dubai Civil Defence, Dubai Municipality and Dubai Electricity and Water Authority to expedite the work. It added that the details of the work including the timelines and plans will be revealed in due course.

A massive fire broke out at the five-star luxury hotel on Thursday (December 31) near the location where several hundreds of thousands of people had gathered for the spectacular New Year’s Eve fireworks show.

The Dubai Media Office said the blaze that hit the 63-story hotel and residential building had left 14 people with minor injuries. There were no casualties.

The building, which was completed in 2008, is the 19th tallest building in Dubai and has 626 residential apartments and 196 rooms, including 25 suites.