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Dubai blaze raises questions on skyscraper design

Cladding widely used in exteriors of high-rises across Gulf can be flammable in some cases, experts say; cost of retrofitting buildings with safer materials deemed "prohibitive"

The Address Downtown Dubai hotel and residential block engulfed by fire near the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world, during the New Year's Eve celebrations.


A BLAZE that engulfed a Dubai skyscraper on New Year's Eve - the emirate's third high-rise fire in three years - has raised fresh questions about the safety of materials used on the exteriors of tall buildings across the wealthy region.

Hundreds of gleaming towers rose up in