The blaze which engulfed a luxury hotel tower in Dubai on New Year's Eve is already prompting calls in Australia for greater scrutiny of the external cladding materials used for high-rise buildings.

Experts claim that the use of sub-par exterior cladding played a key role in the spread of a blaze that consumed a high-rise luxury hotel in Dubai on New Year’s Eve. The fire that took place at the 63-storey Address Downtown Dubai is believed to have started at around 21:30 local time on the…