Authorities say everyone has been evacuated from a luxury hotel in Dubai that was still burning early Friday.
The city's police chief says all residents were out of the 63-story hotel, known as "The Address."
The hotel had been packed with people celebrating New Year's Eve when fire broke out at about 9:30 p.m., (about 1730 UTC). At least 14 people were injured.
The hotel stands across from the world's tallest skyscraper, the Burj Khalifa. The Burj Khalifa is more than 800 meters tall. It is the center of spectacular fireworks along the Dubai waterfront for New Year's. Fireworks went on as planned.
Flames quickly moved through more than 20 stories of the hotel. It could be seen for kilometers in all directions.
Within 30 minutes, flames raced to the top of the hotel tower, and the sky was full of thick black smoke. Burning pieces of the hotel fell to the ground from the tower.
Witnesses said tens of thousands of people were crowded into the downtown area near the blazing hotel and the Burj Khalifa.
Authorities in the United Arab Emirates said earlier Thursday that thousands of security personnel were on duty because of the New Year's events.
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They were planning to evacuate the seventy American officials still in the country.
2.waterfront n. 滩，海滨；水边 adj. 滨水区的
They went for a stroll along the waterfront.
3.blazing adj. 燃烧的；强烈的；闪耀的 adv. 非常 v. 燃烧；闪耀；迸发；公开（blaze的ing形式）
The blazing magma was surging by us.
1.The hotel had been packed with people celebrating New Year's Eve when fire broke out at about 9:30 p.m., (about 1730 UTC).
pack with 塞进；挤进；塞满了东西；某地方挤满了人
To use a well-worn cliche, it is packed with information.
His room was jam-packed with fruit, flowers, gifts etc.
2.Within 30 minutes, flames raced to the top of the hotel tower, and the sky was full of thick black smoke.
race to 跑到…，快速地把…送到…
Journalists who were tipped off about the incident raced to the scene.
She raced to the door.
3.Authorities in the United Arab Emirates said earlier Thursday that thousands of security personnel were on duty because of the New Year's events.
on duty 值班，上班
There were 2,250 policemen on duty in and around the stadium.
Extra staff had been put on duty.