Fire prevention: what does not work on the skyscrapers of Dubai

Although the cable is a small component of a sprinkler system, today we want to show you that any fire-resistant cable, as Elanfire, can play a decisive role for the safety of persons.

On December 31, in Dubai, during the New Year celebrations, a fire completely destroyed a 63-storey hotel. While thousands of people watched the spectacle of lights of the Burj Khalifa, the tallest skyscraper in the world, the flames began to flare on the twentieth floor of the Address Downtown Hotel, a building of about 300 meters with over 800 hotel rooms and apartments.

hotel Dubai fire

The death toll was a person suffered a heart attack and 15 minor injuries, mostly caused by smoking and crowd people pressing during the incident.

What may have caused the fire does not seem to be clear. Sources close to the local police speculate that the curtains of one of the twentieth floor rooms have suddenly started to catch fire, flaring up throughout the building.

Doubts remain, even considering that this is not the first Dubai skyscraper on fire. In 2012, in fact, the tower Al Tayer caught fire and then the Tamweel tower. In 2015 it was the turn of the Torch Tower (torch tower … just a really bad coincidence).

But how is it possible that so many skyscrapers of Dubai skyline go to the fire?

The causes are of course different from situation to situation: not suitable fireproof materials, safety standards not respected and more. In any case, the fire protection system which must do their work, often does not. The automatic fire extinguishers and sprinkler systems are, in fact, essential in order that the flames can be tamed and the fire can be contained at least in the first thirty minutes.

The fundamental component in order to ensure the safety is therefore the fire cable. A low quality cable and not resistant to flame threatens to compromise the efficiency of the fire protection system. A great fire cable must be fire-resistant, flame retardant and it must comply with the main international standards (see EN50200).


In addition to complying with these precautions, Elanfire is also produced with a special compound LSZH (Low Smoke Zero Halogen) and using technology in glass mica without using PE or PPE, which guarantees strength and copper Insulation .

Finally, while it is difficult to understand all the causes of the fires occurred in Dubai, on the other hand is required to prevent such phenomena using the right cable. For this reason Elan can give a big hand, guaranteeing support and assistance for each type of plant.

2017-03-29T09:10:48+00:00 April 19th, 2016|Fire Cables, Fire Safety|0 Comments