A massive fire has broken out in a high-rise apartment building and hotel in central Dubai, close to the world’s highest skyscraper the Burj Khalifia.
Burning debris could be seen cascading down from the 300 meter high, 63-storey structure,known as The Address Downtown Dubai.
Authorities say the building has been evacuated and the fire is under control, one person is confirmed dead and over a dozen injured.
According to witnesses the entire building was swamped in flames.
It is unclear what caused the blaze.
Thousands of extra security personnel were already in position ahead of a spectacular New Years fireworks display.
Despite the huge blaze officials decided to go ahead with the pyrotechnics .
As many as two million people were expected to attend the festivities.