Heavy Rain Continues in UAE – Videos, Pictures and Measures

Heavy Rain Continues in UAE - Videos, Pictures and Measures
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Dubai has seen one of the heaviest downpours on Saturday which resulted in chaos for the citizens as well as the authorities.

On Sunday, the National Center of Meteorology (NCM) issued an orange and red alert to warn residents of the risk of hazardous weather.

Dubai Media Office reported that Dubai was hit with heavy rain, reaching 15mm/hour for two and a half hours which is very unusual for the Emirates.

This weather is likely to continue during the day as thunder continues to rumble in Dubai and Sharjah.
At 7:45am, the satellite radar showed pockets of heavy showers along the coastline stretching from the capital up to Ras Al Khaimah.

Flights Status during the Weather

Flights at Dubai International Airport were delayed on Saturday because of the flooding. Dozens of flights from Abu Dhabi International Airport were delayed.

“This has resulted in a number of flight delays, cancellations and diversions,” A spokesman for Dubai Airports said.
The flights will be affected further more during Sunday because of water-logging caused by heavy rainfall.
“We continue to work closely with our service partners to clear the backlog, restore full operations and minimise inconvenience to our customers.

“However, with additional rain expected the disruption will continue for the next 24 hours.

“Accordingly, customers are advised to check directly with their airlines for more specific flight information and allow additional time to get to the airport.” Spokesman added.

Schools Closed In Heavy Rainfall

Due to the heavy rainfall in parts of Dubai, many schools were closed while others sent out a message to the parents advising them to consider the need to send their children to school or not. These included Jumeirah Primary School and Jumeirah College.

JESS Arabian Ranches, all Raffles schools, and nurseries and Emirates International School are closed. BSAK in Abu Dhabi also closed.

Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) updated the news via Twitter.

Measures to Clear Up

Now as the flood continues to disrupt life, UAE starts taking measures to clear up the cities.
Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority had a 600-strong team working round the clock to clear up waterlogged roads ahead of the early morning commute.

The authorities have also updated citizens on the status of ferry operations in Dubai and Sharjah via Twitter.