DUBAI — The Dubai Mall, which counts numerous designer stores as well as Bloomingdale’s, Marks & Spencer and Galeries Lafayette as tenants, reopened today following the New Year’s Eve fire at the nearby Address Downtown Dubai Hotel.
Observers said smoke billowed from the hotel throughout the day today as firefighters continued to try to put it out. The fire reportedly injured 14 people, none seriously, including one person who suffered a heart attack. The hotel, the mall and all nearby streets were evacuated Thursday as the fire raged. The cause has yet to be determined, although the government’s media office said on Twitter that the blaze began outside the hotel’s 20th floor and that internal fire security systems had prevented it from spreading further.
The hotel, like the mall, are both owned by Emaar Properties. No one at Emaar could be reached for comment today about damage to the hotel or its impact on business at the Dubai Mall.
The mall reopened as usual this morning and retailers said that they have been busy with shoppers. However, while most of the mall has reopened, restaurants that face the Address Hotel, which is in the same complex, remained closed.
The 63-story hotel is also close to the world’s tallest skyscraper, the Burj Khalifa, where a major fireworks display had been scheduled to welcome in the New Year, but was cancelled because of the fire. Giorgio Armani opened his first hotel in the world in the skyscraper in 2010. The Armani Hotel occupies eight floors of the soaring tower. The 160-room hotel boasts eight restaurants, a spa and three retail outlets.