A legal lawsuit that an insurance company brought to attempt and recoup the money after it was ordered to pay more than a billion Dirhams in damages for a 2015 New Year’s Eve fire in Dubai proved unsuccessful.
AP – DUBAI, United Arab Emirates A legal case that an insurance company brought to attempt and recoup the money after it was forced to pay more than a billion dirhams in damages for a 2015 New Year’s Eve fire in Dubai proved unsuccessful.
Orient Insurance was required to make a settlement payment of 1.25 billion dirhams (more than $340 million) to Dubai’s state-backed developer Emaar two years after a major fire rocked the Address Downtown hotel. The Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world, and other projects are the work of Emaar.
After that, Orient brought a civil case against the hotel’s designers, builders, and maintainers in 2018. According to the report, they neglected to follow fire safety regulations, which aided in the blaze’s growth.
The insurance claim that Orient Insurance paid to Emaar was demanded back from the contractors. Leading contractors like Belhasa JV, Arabtec, Mirage, and ALEC Engineering and Construction were involved in the case.
According to court documents, a seven-member expert group concluded that a spotlight electrical short circuit was to blame for the incident. Additionally, it stated that the building’s cladding may have aided in the spread of the fire but was not its primary cause and that there was insufficient evidence to prove that the defendants had committed any technical mistakes or violations.
According to Mohamed ElGhatit, an attorney for government-owned ALEC Engineering and Construction, “the assessment corroborated our client’s claim that it had properly done the job that it was mandated to construct.”
Skyscrapers have recently been damaged by dramatic fires in Dubai and other cities in the United Arab Emirates. Building and safety experts have mentioned a common cladding material used to cover buildings that has a high potential for fire. To address the risk, the authorities claim to have revised the emirate’s fire safety regulations.
Last Monday, the court issued its decision in favor of Orient.
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