02/01/2016 4:03 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST

This Couple Is Getting Internet Hate For Clicking A Selfie While Flames Engulfed A Dubai Skyscraper

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A couple that took a selfie while a massive fire engulfed a 63-storey skyscraper, a luxury Address Downtown Dubai hotel and residential block, has been called out by Internet users as "stupid" and "insensitive".

The hotel stands across a plaza from the 830-meter Burj Khalifa tower where people were gathering for a spectacular fireworks display due to mark the start of the New Year.

The man in the picture put up the selfie on his Instagram account, drawing flak from Internet users who called the photo 'stupid selfie of the year'. The building is seen burning in the background while the smiling couple posed for a selfie. The photo went up with the caption "Happy new year, my dear Dubai, may god bless you and keep you safe. You always surprise us with the biggest fireworks."

Reuters reported that all residents of the hotel were evacuated.

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