A fire broke out in a high-rise residential tower in Dubai Sports City on Monday morning.
Dubai Civil Defence said its operations room received the report at 4.06am, after which emergency services were quickly sent to the building.
Emergency personnel from Al Barsha Fire Station arrived at 4.12am.
No injuries were reported in the incident.
"Around 4am we had to leave the building," one of the building's residents, Tijana Markowbic, from Serbia, told The National.
"At first I thought that it was a false alarm but we smelt fire. I was calm but I was afraid. We don't know where we're gonna go but they told us we have to wait here for three or four hours, so we don't know yet."
Support from surrounding stations was then called in from the Dubai Investments Park Fire Station and Jebel Ali Fire Station.
Firefighters moved residents to safety and tackled the blaze, which was described as "moderate".
Another resident, Sadia Jawad from Pakistan, said she and her husband could see the flames reflected in the windows of a nearby tower.
"It was clear this was an emergency," she said.
"We packed valuables and joined the others rushing downstairs."
She said they boarded an air-conditioned bus operated by the Roads and Transport Authority.
The fire was brought under control by 5.23am, the incident field commander said. It was completely distinguished by 6.38am.
Cooling operations are under way.