Matthew Garrett was working on Floor 7 of The Address Hotel, in Dubai, entertaining at the owner Mohamed Alabbar’s New Years Eve party, when the building caught fire.

Matthew writes:

At 9.30pm guests were looking up at a fire. I left via the staircase immediately amazed others weren’t doing the same. Saying they had only just arrived! I was outside by 9.31. Just 2 minutes later half the building was on fire!

The images that he posted on his Facebook account are terrifying. The authorities are still trying to find out what caused the huge fire to break out which engulfed the 63-storey luxury hotel.

Matthew Garrett – Photos from Matthew Garrett’s post | Facebook

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Firefighters managed to subdue the blaze however it is being reported that parts of the hotel are still smouldering even now. It is believed that no one has been killed, although 16 people were hurt, including one person who had a heart attack.

At Magic Daily, we are very pleased to hear that Matthew got out safely, if a bit shaken.


You can see the fire starting as captured by Warren Chang on his phone:

The start of the fire at the Address Hotel Downtown Dubai during New Year’s Eve

This is the full video of the fire from my vantage point at the Address Hotel Downtown. Our table was at the outside terrace at Zeta Lounge and we turned around to see that the fire had just started and was quickly running up the facade of the hotel.


Other Reports:

Dubai hotel fire: The Address Downtown hotel engulfed in flames – BBC News

Dubai’s The Address Downtown hotel is engulfed in flames, hours before the city’s New Year’s Eve firework display.

Gordon Drayson

Professional Magician, working in the South London area. Close up magic, double act cabaret as well as UK Childrens Entertainer of the Year 2016/2017. Founding member of Magic Daily.

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