DUBAI, June 4 (Xinhua) — The Address Downtown Dubai hotel has reopened after more than three years of renovation works following a fire on New Year’s eve in 2015, Emaar Hospitality Group said on Monday in a statement.
The hotel is part of the Emaar Hospitality Group, a subsidiary of United Arab Emirates (UAE) developer Emaar Properties.
The 302-meter-tall Address Downtown hotel with its 220 rooms and suites is located in the heart of the Gulf Arab sheikhdom near the world’s tallest building, the 828-meter-tall Burj Khalifa (also a property of Emaar).
Olivier Harnisch, Chief Executive Officer of Emaar Hospitality Group, said “working with world-leading designers and consultants, the all-new Address Downtown ushers in an exceptional lifestyle choice and sets new standards in luxury hospitality.”
On December 31, 2015, a blaze engulfed the building and destroyed much of the outer façade and parts of the resort’s interior, just hours before the New Year countdown.
The fire incident, which attracted global media attention, left 16 people injured, while one died of a heart attack.
The tragic incident was caused by an electrical short circuit between the 14th and 15th levels and subsequent sparks from cables connected to the hotel’s light system, an investigation by Dubai Police said days after the incident happened.
In February 2017, Emaar was cleared for insurance claims worth 1.22 billion dirham (332 million U.S. dollars) as it came to light that the light wiring was faulty, according to Dubai Police, while the hotel’s façade cladding fueled the blaze.
Shares of market bellwether Emaar Properties were valued 1.70 percent higher in late Monday trading on the Dubai Financial Market