Fire breaks out in Jebel Ali Free Zone

DUBAI— Firefighting crews are battling a major blaze in an industrial zone near Dubai’s main seaport.

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Published: Wed 28 Sep 2011, 6:04 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 10:57 AM

Towering flames and thick plumes of smoke have engulfed a warehouse district on Wednesday near the Jebel Ali port, about 15 miles (25 kilometers) southwest of central Dubai.

The area is separated from the vital port by a major highway linking Dubai and Abu Dhabi. There appeared to be no direct threat to port operations.

The Jebel Ali port and free zone is a major hub for Gulf shipping and is near a new airport complex that Emirati officials hope to make a global cargo and transport center in the coming decade.

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