Viceroy Dubai Jumeirah Village catches fire

The US $373m project by real estate investment group SKAI was up in flames on Saturday, August 6 2016

The Viceroy Dubai Jumeirah Village on fire on August 6.
The Viceroy Dubai Jumeirah Village on fire on August 6.

The construction site of the 60-storey Viceroy Dubai Jumeirah Village broke out into flames on Saturday, August 6, 2016.

Sister website DesignMENA reported there were no injuries, but eyewitnesses said construction workers were evacuated by the Dubai Civil Defence through shafts.

A tweet by the Dubai Media Office said: “Fire broke out at a building under construction in Jumeirah Village Circle. No injuries reported as @DCDDubai crews are extinguishing the blaze.”

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Fire broke out at building under construction in Jumeirah Village Circle.No injuries reported as @DCDDubai crews are extinguishing the blaze

— Dubai Media Office (@DXBMediaOffice) August 6, 2016

The tower was previously reported to be on track to open in late 2017, with SKAI having registered the building design as a trade mark in 186 countries with plans to replicate similar structures in other major gateway cities around the world.

The property will have 247 hotel rooms and suites, as well as 221 one- and two-bed apartments and 33 four-bed apartments with private pools.

It will feature ‘breathable architecture’ and a vertical microclimate design containing over 500.000 square feet of flora. Green balcony-gardens and 271 sky-high swimming pools and floor-to-ceiling windows complete the design.

The tower was also awarded the ‘Tall Buildings’ prize at this year’s Architectural Review MIPIM Future Projects Awards ceremony in Cannes, France.

There will be five F&B options, including a lobby café, sports bar, all-day dining and a Chinese restaurant. Other amenities include a boutique spa, fitness centre with outdoor yoga terrace and gym.

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