A high-rise building under construction collapsed in Dubai on Sunday afternoon, though there were no immediate reports of casualties, per the Emirates News Agency.
@MaliZomg of Dubai provided live tweets from the scene.
MaliZomg (Dubai, UAE) HOLY SHIT THE BUILDING COLLAPSED! The specialist canadian hospital in deira! IT COLLAPSED! MaliZomg (Dubai, UAE) Ok, it may not be the Specialist Canadian hospital, but am not sure. It’s the same kinda building, I may be wrong. I hope I am. MaliZomg (Dubai, UAE) Update: it is NOT the hospital. So that’s a relief. Further updates as events warrant. MaliZomg (Dubai, UAE) The Building is a newly completed office complex. Next to the Ramada Continental in the Abu Hail district. Hopefully injuries=minimum MaliZomg (Dubai, UAE) As I drove past, I did see people walking around covered in dust, so assuming people were near/in the vicinity of the event. MaliZomg (Dubai, UAE) The police are shooing bystanders away, and confiscating cell phones. I am effectively red taped. MaliZomg (Dubai, UAE) Spoke to a construction worker on scene. Accordin to him there were people still working inside. MaliZomg (Dubai, UAE) Update: the building was in the final stages of completion. Workers were still inside. No news on casualties.
Other Dubai Twitterers provided additional context and observations shortly after the collapse:
7arfal3ain (Dubai, UAE) Thts bur dbai :/RT @angelistiic: Omg omg THE BUILDING COLLAPSED is the specialist canadian hospital in deira! IT COLLAPSED! #dubai dubaiknight1976 (Dubai, UAE) I am around 500 meters away from the eight storey building that collapsed in Dubai around 3:30 PM local time. dubaiknight1976 (Dubai, UAE) The official reports are stating that there are no injuries. But I see a lot of ambulances. (Dubai Building Collapses) karmadude (Dubai, UAE) Khaleej Times Online – Ten cars destroyed in Deira building collapse http://bit.ly/SszA3 mkdubai (Dubai, UAE) Few meters away from my building! RT @tomgara Pretty intense photo of the building collapse on the front page at http://www.thenational.ae/ othoth (Dubai, UAE) Wonder why west makes a big fuss about the 8 Storey Building collapse in Dubai ? salawi (Dubai, UAE) Oh nooo! New building collapsed in Dubai today at 3:30pm! Thank God the 21 workers finished their shift b4 the collapse!
This TwitPic from the scene was posted by @MaliZomg: