On Thursday, a 63-story luxury hotel in Dubai, the Address Downtown, burst into flame. Nearby, at the Burj Khalifa, a fireworks display heralded the new year. On Friday morning, the Associated Press reports, smoke continued to billow from the Address as firefighters continued working to contain the fire.
UPDATE 02/21: According to Gulf News, firefighters brought the blaze under control at around 4:24 a.m. local time. 10 residents of the tower suffered from smoke inhalation, but no casualties or major injuries have been reported. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. Foul play is not currently suspected.
Rolf Buchholz, the world's most pierced man, claims he was denied entry to Dubai due to suspicions of "black magic" stemming from his many piercings. Buchholz currently holds the record for most piercings—453 in total. His various modifications include 278 piercings in or around his junk, horns implanted in his head and magnets in his fingertips.
Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal just couldn't stand being the 26th richest man in the world while Dubai had the world's tallest
penis tower, the Burj Khalifa, which was renamed after a measly president, Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan of the UAE. So, in honor of his manhood, the prince is building a bigger tower.
Dubai, the luxury capital of the world, was not always so glamorous. Watch the emirate's change from desert to leisure metropolis right before your eyes! You might even say these are the awkward yearbook photos of the swiftly developing city.