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24 July 2024

Fire temporarily shuts down Dubai café


By Sneha May Francis

Visitors were immediately evacuated from the Meadows Town Centre on Tuesday morning following a kitchen fire.

The Shakespeare & Co outlet remained closed during the morning hours.

“Yes it was a kitchen fire and thankfully no one was hurt. It happened this morning but was contained quickly with extinguishers,” a spokesperson tweeted (through their official handle) in response to an Emirates24|7 query.

“We are hoping to be fully operational by this afternoon.  Sorry for any inconvenience.”

A resident, who was at the gym, reported that the fire broke out at 8.10am. At 8.30am, he had tweeted, “Kitchen fire at shakespeareuae  SpringsTownCentre - smoke-filled mall and FitnessFirstME gym evacuated.”

Later, in a twitter chat with Emirates24|7, he said, “I'd just finished at the gym as they started to evacuate. Smelled smoke in the mall and saw it coming out of the doors of Shakespeare & Co. The restaurant staff who were gathered outside said it was a kitchen fire. And I saw a fire engine en route as I drove to work.”

More information from Dubai Civil Defence is awaited.