Fire at under-construction Qatar shopping complex

2016-04-02 19:22
The new luxury Al Hazm shopping mall in the city of Doha. (iStock)

The new luxury Al Hazm shopping mall in the city of Doha. (iStock)

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Doha - A fire broke out on Saturday at a shopping complex under construction near one of the stadiums that will host matches during the World Cup in 2022, Qatar's interior ministry said.

"Civil Defence is fighting a blaze that broke out at an under-construction shopping complex [near] Rayyan Sports Club," the ministry tweeted.

Local media said the fire broke out at the construction site of the Mall of Qatar, which will be the Gulf country's largest shopping centre when it opens later this year.

Pictures circulated on social media showing plumes of black smoke billowing from the construction site.

There were no immediate reports of casualties.

Qatar is engaged in multi-billion-dollar work on projects directly or indirectly related to the 2022 World Cup.

The Mall of Qatar is a 500 000m² retail and entertainment complex near the 40 000-seater Al-Rayyan Stadium, which is undergoing renovation for the World Cup.

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