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Dubai’s Emaar appoints DUTCO to restore fire-damaged Address hotel

Restoration to be carried out ‘in record time’ after New Year’s Eve blaze

PHOTO: Dubai Civil Defence teams attending the fire. Credit: Dubai Media Office

Emaar Properties has appointed contractor DUTCO Group to undertake the clearing, assessment and restoration work of the fire-damaged The Address Downtown hotel in Dubai, according to WAM.

A major blaze swept through the 63-storey building on New Year’s Eve, causing considerable damage but no loss of life, according to authorities.

Restoration work will be carried out “in record time”, the UAE state news agency reported.

“DUTCO Group has a proven track record in mega-developments having earlier been assigned the task of building The Dubai Mall, the world’s largest mall, by Emaar. The company is also currently undertaking the expansion work of The Dubai Mall,” WAM reported.

“A team of international consultants has already been mobilised by DUTCO Group, who are now on site and working round-the-clock. Cleaning work has started with the mechanical, electrical and structural assessment of the building and restoration also underway.”

“Emaar is coordinating with the concerned government entities including the Dubai Police, Dubai Civil Defence, Dubai Municipality and Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, among others, to expedite the work.”

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Mohamed Alabbar, Chairman of Emaar Properties, said: “We are committed to expediting the reopening of the hotel in line with the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. We are demonstrating the can-do ability of Dubai with our focus on opening the hotel in record time using the best in design, quality and technology.

“The Address Downtown Dubai is our first hotel project and it has set international benchmarks with its excellent hospitality standards. We will restore the project to its glory and even surpass its grandeur that befits the prestige of the city and Downtown Dubai. We are working with all Dubai government entities to expedite the construction work.”

As soon as clearing and assessment work is completed, construction will commence “with a focus on the highest standards of quality”, WAM reported.

“To achieve our timelines, we will leverage all our resources and our proven track-record of delivering iconic projects. Every aspect of the workflow will be clearly streamlined and we will deploy the latest technology tools to ensure that we meet our timeframe,” said Alabbar.

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