Crane crashes down at Nassima Royal Hotel in Dubai

Bad weather conditions saw a crane crash down at Nassima Royal Hotel – part of the Acico Twin Towers- on Sheikh Zayed Road, that resulted in a fiery scene and destroyed the hotel’s frontage, Hotelier Middle East reported.

Last weekend saw temperatures drop down to -2oC, strong winds and even snow in some parts of the UAE.

Over the course of the day (Friday, February 3), the weather took a turn for the worse with the National Centre of Meteorology and Seismology (NCMS) reporting that winds in Dubai reached speeds of 55 kmph at about 2pm. The subsequent crane crash resulted in the spread of debris that included glass shards all over Sheikh Zayed Road and the Dubai Metro tracks.

When contacted by Hotelier Middle East, a public relations officer for Nassima Royal Hotel did not comment and said: “Thank you for your enquiry. We are working on putting all the details together.”

Falling debris from the crane also caused damage to four vehicles parked outside the hotel, two of which caught fire. Part of the crane’s jib section landed on an elevated portion of Dubai Metro, according to Construction Week Online.

The accident caused long tailbacks on Sheikh Zayed road and the Dubai Media Office advised drivers to use alternative routes to avoid traffic.

Dubai Media Office released a statement saying: “Authorities are handling the situation to ensure the safety of everyone on site, and have closed off the area for safety reasons.”

The accident caused long tailbacks on Sheikh Zayed road and the Dubai Media Office advised drivers to use alternative routes to avoid traffic.

Dubai Media Office released a statement saying: “Authorities are handling the situation to ensure the safety of everyone on site, and have closed off the area for safety reasons.”

Photo credit: Sarakshi Rai

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