Dubai building fire: tenants unable to return to apartments, seek alternative accommodation – News

The fire broke out around 2:45 p.m. Saturday; no casualties were reported



Published: Mon 3 Oct 2022, 11:34 AM

Last update: Mon 3 Oct 2022, 11:37 AM

The residents of the Al Nahda building, which caught fire on Saturday, remain stranded and are looking for alternative accommodation.

Some of them lost their belongings in the fire that broke out in a residential building at Al Nahda 1 around 2.45pm on Saturday.

Dubai Civil Defense brought the fire under control and no casualties were reported.

Sameer, a tenant in the building, said he was moving to another apartment because his apartment was “very dirty now” after the fire.

Another resident, Isham, who was staying with his wife in the same building, is also looking for other accommodation.

“We have moved to another place and live in a room arranged by my wife’s friend. We are looking for suitable alternative accommodation. After a few days we will change accommodation to somewhere we can stay long term,” he said.

Isham was lucky not to lose anything in the fire.

Doreen, a Nigerian national, also lost some of her belongings in the fire and has been stranded ever since.

“I recently renewed my rental agreement and made two months’ payment in advance. But now I have no money to pay more for the rent.

I also lost my clothes in the fire. I am still waiting for help or support,” said the Nigerian national, who has been living in the United Arab Emirates for three months.

“I have temporary accommodation, but I have no money,” she added.

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