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Hundreds led to safety after fire at Dubai skyscraper

Hundreds of people had to be evacuated from one of the world's tallest residential buildings when fire swept through the skyscraper known as 'The Torch' in Dubai.

A witness said flames shot out from two sides of the building as glass and metal rained down from near the summit of structure, which has 79 floors above ground.

Residents of two other nearby buildings in the emirates' Marina district, home to thousands of expatriate professionals, were also evacuated, the witness said.

Authorities had no immediate word on the cause of the fire.


British motorcyclist dies in Dubai desert rally

A Dubai-based British motorcyclist has died following an accident at an international cross-country rally, the organisers of the event have said.

Cameron Waugh died in hospital after the accident at the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge.

He was found by fellow rider Jakub Przygonski, from Poland, who set off the satellite alarm and performed cardio-pulmonary resuscitation.

Two doctors and a paramedic arrived at the scene by helicopter within 13 minutes, and Mr Waugh was immediately transferred to hospital. But he was later pronounced dead, a statement on the event's website said.

Mohammed Ben Sulayem, president of the Automobile and Touring Club of the UAE (ATCUAE), the rally organisers, said Mr Waugh was a "regular competitor" who "loved the sport".

Dubai to attempt record-breaking firework display

Dubai will attempt to set a new world record when it lets off more than 400,000 fireworks in a pyrotechnic extravaganza to celebrate the new year.

Bird's-eye view of the Palm Jumeirah artificial island in Dubai Credit: REUTERS/Jumana ElHeloueh

The six-minute display will extend for more than 60 miles of seafront on the Gulf state's artificial island - called Palm Jumeirah.

Around 200 pyrotechnicians and 100 computers have been brought in to control the show, according to Gulf Business.


Prince Harry speaks Arabic at charity dinner in Dubai

Prince Harry has tested his linguistic skills at a fundraising dinner in Dubai, in aid of his charity Sentebale.

Prince Harry had spent the weekend on a whistlestop tour of Australia. Credit: PA

Speaking in Arabic, the prince wished the Emirates well in its bid to host the World Expo 2020 saying: "Thank you for your generosity and all the very best with Dubai's bid for 2020."

The dinner raised more than a million dollars to help build Sentebale's Mamohato Children's Centre of Excellence in the African kingdom of Lesotho.

Dubai police still have 'serious questions to answer'

Campaigners have hailed the return of three British men to the UK, who had been held in the United Arab Emirates over drugs possession, but said Dubai police faced "serious questions" over their alleged torture.

The release of Grant (Cameron), Karl (Williams) and Suneet (Jeerh) is welcome, but long overdue.

They were treated appallingly by Dubai police, who still have serious questions to answer.

We are glad that they are all now safely back in the UK, but the UAE's terrible record on torture must not be forgotten.

– Reprieve investigator Kate Higham

Three men allegedly tortured in Dubai return to UK

Grant Cameron, Karl Williams and Suneet Jeerh. Credit: Family handout.

Three men who allege they were tortured into confessing to drugs offences in Dubai have returned to the UK.

The charity Reprieve said that Grant Cameron, Suneet Jeerh and Karl Williams are now back with their families after the United Arab Emirates announced their pardoning.

David Cameron discussed their case with the President of the UAE, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, during a state visit in May.

Dubai offers solid gold in return for weight loss

Residents in Dubai are being offered solid gold in return for weight loss. Credit: Frank Rumpenhorst/DPA/Press Association Images

Dubai is offering residents solid gold in return for weight loss as an incentive to encourage healthy living.

'Your Weight In Gold' participants will receive two grams of gold when they shed 2kg and then a further gram of gold for each additional kilo they drop within 30 days.

A gram of gold is currently worth around £30.

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