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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"

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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.

Dubai

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

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