#NeedAnAddress trends on Twitter as Dubai residents open their homes
Shortly after The Address Downtown went up in flames, Dubai residents began offering spare beds and rooms through Twitter.
The hashtag #NeedAnAddress was trending in the country after a fire ripped through the 63-story building in the lead up to New Year’s Eve celebrations.
Twitter user Faizan Jamal wrote: “Free everything at Dubai Silicon Oasis. Nutella for you and diapers for your baby. Free brekkie too! And hugs! Lots of hugs! #NeedAnAddress”.
Other users tweeted to offer showers, sofas and bed space to those affected. @SilverPebblez wrote: “Hot cuppa for anyone who needs help. My home is ur home #NeedAnAddress.” While Auris Hotels tweeted to say that they had 30 rooms available in TECOM.
Dubai Department of Tourism & Commerce Marketing was working last night to make arrangements for anyone in need of accommodation.
It is not yet known how the fire at the Address Downtown, which is opposite the Burj Khalifa, started. This morning Arabian Business reported that fire engines were still tackling the last traces of the blaze. At 9am this morning large plumes of smoke could still be seen coming from the building.
The fire made world news on New Year’s Eve, and across social media many people reached out to family to see if anyone was hurt. However, 14 minor injuries and one heart attack have been reported.