Dubai fire: blaze at Swissotel in Downtown sends smoke over the city

No injuries or deaths reported after rooftop blaze

A fire broke out at a Dubai hotel on Wednesday, sending smoke over the Downtown area.

Images showed flames on the roof of the Swissotel Al Murooj, which is close to Dubai Mall, shortly after 3pm.

Staff at the hotel told The National that the building was quickly evacuated.

Guests gathered at a nearby assembly point while the hotel was checked over.

In a statement, Dubai Civil Defence said the blaze was first reported at 3.19pm. Crews from four stations, Zabeel, Rashidiya, Barsha and Al Ittihad responded, the first arriving within four minutes of the call.

The fire was traced to a number of air-conditioning units on the roof of the hotel. It was brought under control by 3.41pm. Crews remained at the scene to hose down the area.

No injuries or deaths were reported.

Swissotel Al Murooj comprises a cluster of buildings spread over a square block that contains hotel rooms and serviced apartments. The hotel was previously operated by the local hotel brand Roda and before that by Rotana.

Updated: April 28, 2022, 4:44 AM