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UAE considers new fire safety laws after skyscraper blazes

Dubai will supervise construction crews more strictly and monitor the material they use after a series of skyscraper fires, including a New Year's Eve blaze that made headlines around the world, a top civil defense official said Wednesday.

Speaking to The Associated Press, the director-general of Dubai Civil Defense said authorities in the United Arab Emirates have been working on new fire safety regulations following the Dec. 31 inferno at the 63-story The Address Downtown Dubai.

While trying to downplay the danger, Maj. Gen. Rashid Thani al-Matrooshi acknowledged that at least 30,000 buildings across the nation have cladding or paneling similar to the kind that safety...