First Group offers rooms for Torch tower victims

Dubai-based property developer offers free accommodation to worst-affected residents of recent blaze

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Dubai-based property developer The First Group is has said that it is willing to provide 20 studio and one-bed apartments free of charge for up to two months in order to house victims of the recent Torch tower fire in Dubai Marina.

The company has approached the services arm of building's owner, Kingfield Owners' Association, to offer the rooms within its Metro Central and First Central hotel apartment buildings in the nearby Tecom district.

The recent fire has left around 30 of the tower's 86 floors damaged, with approximately 100 of the building's 676 apartments still currently inaccessible. Earlier this week, Jannah Hotels and Resorts offered up to 10 rooms free of charge for victims of the blaze - an investigation into which is continuing.

The First Group joint-chairman Danny Lubert said the company was committed to helping Torch residents in their time of need.
“While the fire briefly drew the attention of the world’s media, the human tragedy behind the headlines remains very real for many of the Torch’s residents,” he said.

“As one of Dubai’s leading property developers, we felt it was our duty to give back to the community and assist these residents by providing them with short-term accommodation so they can go about rebuilding their lives.”

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