Fire that engulfs Dubai skyscraper raises questions about safety of exterior cladding practices

(Christian van Elven/Flickr)

The tower before the fire. (Christian van Elven/Flickr)

A raging fire that consumed a luxury skyscraper in the United Arab Emirates on New Year’s Eve is raising concerns about the safety of a number of ultra-high towers that have come to define contemporary Dubai.

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Hottest New Building in New York

Wednesday, March 18, 2009
This is only a test (All photos Daily News)

This is only a test. (Daily News)

If you thought the 2009 NYC Firefighter “Hunks” Calendar was hot, take a look at the FDNY’s newest training tool: the nation’s only high-rise fire simulator. Unveiled last Thursday at the FDNY’s High Rise Operations Symposium, the $4.2 million simulator on the department’s Randall’s Island training facility mimics conditions the city’s firefighters face when battling fires several stories up. Funded largely by actor Denis Leary‘s The Leary Firefighters Foundation, the brick building contains mock elevators, a smoke system and standpipes, according to the Daily News. A video and more photos after the jump. Read More

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