When I worked in Dubai, traffic accidents were the things I was the most scared off. Fire was next on the hazards list.
We knew that with the drought, heat, an almost constant wind and fire rescue services often taking a long time to shuffle through the traffic jams, there would be little chance of saving our houses or offices if a fire would break out.
Two days ago a fire works factory exploded in the Al Quoz industrial area, and 83 warehouses were gutted in the blaze. This was the area we used to have our offices. (Full report)
The fire spread to neighbouring warehouses.