Residents have returned to Adriatic building on Dubai's Palm Jumeirah following a 16-month renovation to restore the property that was hit by a fire in December 2016. The luxury flats had been uninhabitable because water used to put out the blaze had severely damaged the main electrical systems of the 15-storey structure. 

Cladding has now been replaced on the building's façade, with an alternative approved by the Dubai Civil Defence (DCD) added. Work to replace the cladding on the remaining six buildings in the complex will begin soon.

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Damaged building units, including the access control room, were also repaired under restoration work that began in April 2017.

Young Engineering Consultancy Services was awarded a contract of undisclosed value to carry out the 16-month renovation for Asteco Property Management, which manages Adriatic, located in the Oceana complex on the trunk of Palm Jumeirah.\

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The company said cladding on the building had been replaced with a cement rendering added to some sections of the exterior, in line with the latest regulations set by Dubai's Real Estate Regulatory Agency.

“While the incident that took place in December 2016 was very unfortunate, we were able to manage the fire effectively with support from DCD, and from the contractors during the subsequent restoration works,” John Stevens, managing director of Asteco, said.

Residents who fled the fire had been residing in temporary accommodation since the accident, with living and furniture storage paid for by insurance company Strata Insurance.