A fire has engulfed a Dubai hotel close to where the city is about to hold its New Year celebrations.
The Address Downtown caught fire at about 9.30pm Dubai time, with the flames appearing to reach from the ground floor up another 40-or-so storeys of the 63 floor building.
It was not immediately clear what caused the fire at the five star hotel, which is near the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest skyscraper.
Those who escaped described how people climbed over each other in their rush to escape the burning building.
Burning debris rained down from the building as firetrucks raced to the scene. It was not immediately clear if anyone was wounded in the blaze. The hotel is just moments from where the city was about to celebrate the start of 2016.
A medic has revealed that at least 60 people were hurt, many with crush injuries, with officials saying one person suffered a heart attack.