Dubai Experiences Heavy Rain; Officials Warn of Dangerous Weather

Dubai Experiences Heavy Rain; Government personnel are being requested to work from home, and schools have switched to online curricula.

Abu Dhabi: Following Tuesday’s intense thunderstorms, hail, and rain that devastated much of the region, authorities in the United Arab Emirates have advised citizens to stay indoors. Government personnel are being requested to work from home, and schools have switched to online curricula.

As significant rainfall is predicted in these locations through Wednesday, the National Centre of Meteorology (NCM) has advised inhabitants of Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Sharjah to brace themselves for unpredictable weather conditions over the next 48 hours, according to an article published in the Khaleej Times today.

Expert from the National Centre of Meteorology Ahmed Habib stated, “There is a possibility of hailstorms in places like Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, and other emirates in addition to the likelihood of significant rainfall.”

Additionally, the authorities recommended that people keep their cars in secure, high-lying areas far from areas that are prone to flooding.

The weather service predicted that convective clouds, which bring rain and lightning, will form over coastal areas, especially in the north and east of the nation. On Monday night, heavy to moderate rain, thunder, and lightning were observed throughout the United Arab Emirates. Adverse weather conditions are expected to continue into Wednesday morning.

It is expected to rain moderately to heavily across Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, Fujairah, Sharjah, and Ras Al Khaimah, according to the weather bureau.

The persistent rain caused several roads to flood, and flights at Dubai International Airport were canceled or delayed.

Gulf News reports that the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) announced on social media that Dubai Tram service was interrupted.

Road cave-ins brought on by severe rains have been reported to cause traffic difficulties in a number of locations, including Ras Al Khaimah, Al Ain, and Al Qou.

Amidst the storms that are ravaging parts of the UAE, the UAE Football Association declared that all of the scheduled “local competitions” matches for Tuesday have been canceled.

Most of the UAE was hit by lightning, thunder, and heavy rain today, which forced businesses and educational institutions to operate remotely.

The Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Executive Council of Dubai, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, announced on his X account on Monday that government offices in the emirate will operate remotely and that private schools in Dubai will transition to distance learning.

“Due to upcoming weather conditions, we have instructed all Dubai Government entities and private schools to work remotely on Tuesday, April 16,” he wrote on X.

Recent storms have pounded other Gulf nations, resulting in fatal flooding and significant disruption. According to the National News, emergency personnel in Oman were able to save the lives of two stranded individuals under intense downpours, however at least 14 people—including nine children—died in flash flooding.

Manama, the capital of Bahrain, has seen flooding on its highways due to heavy rain, while Kuwait is ready for possible storms today. Up until Wednesday, Saudi Arabia is also getting ready for storms.

Authorities in Oman have also sent out alerts to locals.

“The UAE is being affected by the same low-pressure system that is affecting Oman. However, the strength varies because of different topographies. According to National Centre of Meteorology specialist Ahmed Habib, “Oman features extensive Hajar mountain ranges spanning from North to South, resulting in more cloud cover and rainfall compared to the UAE.”

Residents should be cautious because there’s a chance of severe rain and waterlogging, especially for drivers. In the Wadi region, flooding is anticipated, and landslides could occur in the northern and eastern areas close to the mountains, the speaker stated.

Simultaneously, because of the predicted weather, the Ras Al Khaimah Emergency, Crisis, and Disaster Team has chosen to provide remote learning for schools over the course of two days, specifically on Tuesday and Wednesday.

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Additionally, until further notice, all city parks and beaches will be temporarily closed, according to a statement from the RAK Public Services Department.

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