New Year's Eve saw a juxtaposed Dubai when a blaze broke out at The Address Downtown, just hours before the fireworks were scheduled to start. The hotel, which sits directly oppposite the Burj Khalifa in the Downtown area caught on fire just before 10pm (GMT +4) with people immediately evacuated from the building. Emergency services were on the scene and no fatalities have been reported, however the Dubai Media Office confirmed that "New Year celebrations in Dubai will continue as scheduled."
The fireworks have become a symbol of celebration and an almost obligatory component of New Year celebrations. Nowhere does that ring truer than Dubai, home to the Guinness world of records for the largest firework display with 479,651 shells released in a six-minute show when they rang in 2014.
To welcome 2016, the fireworks display moved from the biggest and largest to a more longer and more systematic display that saw the Dubai skies light up for more than 20 minutes. Downtown Dubai kicked off the celebrations at midnight, with the world-famous display at Burj Khalifa before a second display begin at Burj Al Arab at 12.09am, before the Jumeirah Beach Residence's The Beach closed the fireworks display at 12.16am.
In between, Atlantis The Palm showcased a 10-minute fireworks display, synchronised to music, including a pyrotechnic display that spelt out the word 'Atlantis' in the sky. Global Village also rang in the new year with a fireworks display that commemorated its 20th anniversary.
With a show of this scale, preparations were meticulous and detailed. Here's a behind the scenes look at the amount of effort and planning it took to set up theiconic fireworks display at the Burj Khalifa...
Our thoughts are with those people who have been affected by The Address Downtown fire.