High-Rise Fires A Growing Risk In Arab Gulf States

May 16, 2013

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A raging fire gutted the Al Hafeet tower late last month, a 20-floor residential building in the United Arab Emirate city of Sarjah.  The incident drew uncomfortable comparisons to other recent blazes in a region known for spectacular high-rise sky-scrapers.  One expert in the United Arab Emirates has estimated that 70% of high-rise buildings in the gulf are at a high risk of catching fire.  Here to discuss this growing safety concern is Bill Law, gulf analyst for the BBC News.