Residents affected by Dubai Marina fire offered free hotel stay

Residents affected by the fire at The Torch tower in Dubai Marina have been offered a free 20-day stay in luxury apartments by a hotel company.

DUBAI // Residents affected by the fire at The Torch tower in Dubai Marina have been offered a free 20-day stay in luxury apartments by a hotel company.

“Ten studios is what we can do, I wish we could do more,” said Nehme Imad Darwiche, the chief executive of Jannah Hotels & Resorts.

“We owe it to each other to take care of our fellow citizens and I hope that others will follow our path.”

Tower residents who cannot return to their apartments and would like to take up the hotel’s offer can e-mail reservations.jpdm@jannah.ae

“We are looking forward to welcome them in our hotel,” Mr Darwiche said.

Investigations continue into the cause of the fire on February 21 that sent more than 1,000 people fleeing their homes after flames enveloped sections of the 87-storey tower.

“All owners and tenants that will not be able to return to their apartments for the foreseeable future will be notified by the management,” the building management company said last week.

Oman Insurance Company, the insurer for The Torch, had said 101 apartments of 676 were still not accessible. The affected owners and tenants were offered rooms at a hotel in Internet City by the building management after the fire.

Cafes in Dubai Marina and Jumeriah Lakes Towers provided free pizza, pasta, sandwiches and coffee to residents immediately after the fire.

Other Dubai residents used social media to offer rooms in their homes to those affected.

rtalwar@thenational.ae

Published: March 2, 2015 04:00 AM

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