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Astana blaze under control, says Aldar

Aldar said today the authorities had full control of its 500,000-square metre project in Kazak­hstan that was engulfed in a blaze.

Abu Dhabi’s largest developer confirmed this evening that fire had broken out at its Abu Dhabi Plaza project in Astana, the Kazakh capital, on Saturday. The development is planned to include the tallest building in Central Asia.

“We can confirm that a fire broke out at a development in Astana in the early hours of Saturday morning,” said he company.

“The situation was brought under control within two hours, with everyone accounted for and no injuries sustained. The relevant authorities have full control of the site and are monitoring and undertaking regular checks of the project. All parties involved in the development are fully informed and coordinating on activity on the ground.”

Construction work on the five-tower project – comprising 566 luxury flats, 107,000 sq metres of offices, a five-star hotel and serviced apartments and 50,000 sq metres of shops – was awarded to an Arabtec led joint venture in 2013. Work is scheduled to be finished by 2017 – in time for the economic Expo 2017, which will be held in the city.

The project was originally announced in 2007 as a strategic move for Aldar to gain a toehold in Kazakhstan, an oil-rich and quickly developing country. The development was originally expected to be completed by 2010.

At the time it was to be developed in a joint venture with Al Maabar, a company created by the Abu Dhabi developers Aldar, Al Qudra, Sorouh and Reem Investments.

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