UAE considers new fire safety laws after skyscraper blazes

Officials in the United Arab Emirates say they are looking into ways to improve the country's fire safety laws after a series of skyscraper fires, including a dramatic New Year's Eve blaze that was broadcast around the world.

Speaking to The Associated Press on Wednesday, the director-general of Dubai Civil Defense said authorities want to supervise more strictly what types of cladding are used on the city's high-rises.

Maj. Gen. Rashid Thani al-Matrooshi also said: "We want to make sure all the material used is authorized and follows the fire-rating standard."

The Dec. 31 blaze at the 63-story The Address Downtown Dubai near the Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building, highlighted the fire risk. The blazes, building and safety experts say, are often fueled by cladding on the buildings.