New Year fireworks: Dubai welcomes in 2016


Dubai went ahead with New Year fireworks despite a major fire at a hotel in the city on Thursday night.

A fire broke out two hours before midnight in the 63-story The Address hotel in the area where a massive fireworks display was being prepared.

Fireworks are seen behind the Burj Al Arab (APTN)

The five-star hotel is near the Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building at 828 meters (905 yards). There were no immediate reports of casualties.

Organisers said the Burj Khalifa was fitted with 400,000 LED lights and 1.6 tons of fireworks were used in the display.

Watch the celebrations in the video above.

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