Experts at Dubai Police today revealed the cause of the fire at the Address Downtown just hours before Dubai’s huge New Year’s Eve celebrations was an electrical fault.

The head of the Forensics and Mechanical Engineering Department at the General Department of Forensic Science and Criminology of Dubai Police, Ahmad Mohammed Ahmad, said the fault occurred in the cables leading to one of the spotlights used to illuminate the luxury hotel and residences.

There has since been much debate over the type of materials used for cladding new buildings and Dubai has now introduced strict new rules regarding cladding for new buildings.

Developer Emaar has pledged to rebuild and have the Address Downtown, its flagship property, up and running again in record time.