Major blaze engulfs Zen Tower in Dubai Marina

Al Jazeera

A residential tower has caught fire in Dubai amid a sandstorm that has hit large parts of United Arab Emirates (UAE). Videos of the blaze were widely shared on social media, showing the newly constructed Zen Tower in Dubai Marina engulfed in flames on Sunday morning. The Dubai Civil Defence has been working to control the fire, the government-run Dubai Media Office said on Twitter. The cause of the fire remains unclear. Local media reported that the blaze started at approximately 11am (09:00 GMT).

Gitex to highlight 1.6trn smart city opportunity


The impact of the Internet of Things on Smart Cities could reach 1.6 trillion by 2025, according to experts set to speak at the Gitex Technology Week, the region's largest annual IT trade fair, in Dubai, UAE. The opportunities include 800 billion in transportation and 700 billion in healthcare, they added, citing a recent report by the research firm McKinsey Global Institute. The 36th edition of Gitex Technology Week runs from October 16 to 20 at Dubai World Trade Centre. Since its launch in 2014, with a mandate to make Dubai the happiest city on earth, enabled by smart technology, Smart Dubai has completed the first phase of its city transformation. Other significant milestones in the past year include: completing phase one as the first pilot city for the United Nations' International Telecommunications Union global Smart City index, and announcing the Smart Dubai Platform, the "digital backbone" of the city.

Fire breaks out at under-construction Dubai skyscraper

Al Jazeera

A large fire broke out at a high-rise under-construction building near Dubai's largest shopping mall, sending thick gray smoke billowing over the heart of the city. The site is next to the Dubai Mall and the 63-storey The Address Downtown Dubai tower, which was heavily damaged in a fire on New Year's Eve in 2015. Dubai's government media office said the fire erupted at the Address Residences Fountain Views towers, and that firefighters have brought it under control. "Cooling operations are underway and ambulance units are on site," the media office posted on its Twitter account. It said there were no injuries.

Futuristic Dubai office showcases 3-D printing's potential

Associated Press

A small group of employees in Dubai is starting to move into a new workspace that the emirate says is the world's first functional office building made using three-dimensional printer technology. Looking like a mashup of a "Jetsons" abode and an Apple Store, the compact office was printed out layer by layer over 17 days at a cost of 140,000, said Saif al-Aleeli, the CEO of a government initiative called the Dubai Future Foundation that is behind the project. Products made using 3-D printing are first designed on a computer and then printed out using a variety of materials, including metal, plastic and concrete. But the foundation says its Dubai office is the first "fully functional 3-D printed building," constructed with full services and meant for daily use.

Dubai firefighters use JETPACKS to beat the traffic

Daily Mail - Science & tech

The jetpack forces water at high pressure through the firefighters' boots, propelling them up into the air and allowing them to reach tall bridges The government's media office has released a dramatic training video of a firefighter racing through the city's canal on the Dolphin. He then takes to the air and with a hose over his shoulder manages to put out a pickup truck fire. As part of the Dolphin plan, they also intend to create floating fire stations to tackle blazes from the water. The government's media office has released a dramatic training video of a firefighter racing through the city's canal on the Dolphin