Building collapses in Deira

An eight storey building under construction in Deira, Dubai has collapsed destroying more than ten cars, a police officer said.


Afkar Ali Ahmed

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Published: Sun 16 Aug 2009, 6:59 PM

Last updated: Mon 9 Jan 2023, 3:14 PM

Half of the building collapsed while the rest remained standing, the official said. At the time of the accident no work seemed to be taking place on the building which had appeared ready for residents to move in.

The building, on Al Ittihad Road at Galadari Intersection next to Ramada Continental Hotel, collapsed at about 4pm and the officer was not able to confirm whether anybody had been hurt in the building collapse but said no workers were believed to be on-site at the time.

Ishraq Hibib, 17, was at home at Yasmeen Building about 100m from the building when the incident happened.

‘We felt tremors and looked outside and saw something like smoke,’ he said.

‘There are fire trucks and rescue vans and police everywhere. I can see at least four or five cars under the rubble. I can’t see anyone hurt.’

Office workers in the area also reported a similar earthquake feeling that first alerted them that a building had caved in.

‘I’m about 400m away. I just experienced a jerking on the building and thought it was an earthquake,’ said Zainudheen Parissery.

‘Everyone was running outside to check what happened.’

Police, ambulance and rescue teams are still on site and Dubai Municipality engineers have also arrived.

Readers’ Comments

You people are really very quick to publish the news, my office bldg is just 50 meters away from this bldg which collapsed, we were terrified to hear the sound of the collapse. -Sudesh Kadam, Deira, Dubai

I live right near there didn’t notice anything. -Mark, Deira, Dubai

What could be the reason for this building collapse ? I hope there are no casualties in this terrible tragedy. Our request to KT is to give us a detailed investigative report. -Vijay B, Dubai

It was shock me to hear this news but unfortunately nobody is inside the building. Thanks to God. -Madhu, Dubai

It is terrible to hear this incident, as it is a new building under construction and i belives the technology and methods of Engineering, adopted for such recent constructions are the Latest one and the fate is tragic. After this I really afried of staying in my Building, which was constructed 30 years ago and I can assume the technology used for its construction. Authorities should take crucual steps in this regard. -Anwar, Dubai

I am staying just near to this building. As half of the building still standing there, tenants from our building were also moved out as per police instruction. Everybody wondering as it happened to a building under construction with reason unknown. -Saji Prahaladan, Deira

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