Fireworks and a hotel on fire…
I spent the past few years collecting my writing materials so many of my photos are backdated but they are great materials. After all , I am only started writing recently so I am inundated with backlog. The reason why I am featuring Dubai here is because it is nearing year end and I am recollecting on my best and worst memory of ushering in a new year so Dubai came to mind as a perfect subject matter.
Burj Khalifa park view at night time.
The highlight of my trip to Dubai in December 2015 was to watch massive fireworks display at Burj Khalifa from my friend’s condo which was right in front of the imposing tower. It was her last year in Dubai and she was leaving for good to Australia. My friend and I made a plan to catch up and celebrate new year’s eve in Dubai together with other friends and her guests. So, I made a transit in Dubai for a few days on my way up to London.
The dancing water fountain at Dubai Mall, Burj Khalifa Dubai.
Burj Khalifa at daytime. Stands at 828m, 830m to tip with 163 floors.
Burj Khalifa at night time.
Breathtaking sunset scenery.
Then a fire broke out at The Address Hotel adjacent to Dubai Mall opposite Burj Khalifa.
The evening started on a happy note as we were all gathering to catch up over great food, warm conversation and pleasant company whilst enjoying the fantastic view of Burj Khalifa and its surrounding with cool December breeze. Then at around nine-ish a fire suddenly broke out at The Address Hotel adjacent to Dubai Mall opposite Burj Khalifa. It cut short our merriment.We were terrified the fire could spread to Dubai Mall and other buildings nearby. Some roads within the area were already closed for the countdown.We couldnt leave the building let alone helping the hotel guests and potential fire victims so we were left petrified and feeling helpless whilst watching in horror as the hotel was engulfed in fire.
However, the party had to go on. The countdown fireworks display went on as planned with the hotel on fire in the background. Check out the video above.
Still smouldering in the morning the next day on 1 January 2016.
It was a sombre mood the next day, eerie and quiet. No fire engine was within sight until after 3 pm. Lucky the other side of the hotel was not affected. The side facing Burj Khalifa as in the photo was fully razed by the fire.
And still smouldering at sunset on 1 January 2016.
What a way to celebrate a new year’s eve. I got more than what I bargained for which I will never forget…