In a rare weather event, parts of Dubai and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have been inundated with heavy rainfall and thunderstorms, leading to widespread flooding and significant disruptions.
The Onslaught of Rain
Since Thursday, the UAE, particularly Dubai, has faced an unexpected deluge. The National Centre of Meteorology recorded heavy downpours in several Emirates, including Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, Dubai, Ras Al Khaimah, Fujairah, Sharjah, and Ajman. Dubai’s streets, known for their serenity, were transformed into waterlogged pathways, causing massive traffic jams and leaving people to traverse long distances on foot.
Dubai International Airport faced major disruptions, with several flights redirected or cancelled. The RTA suspended various bus lines and issued a flood warning, especially around Sheikh Zayed Road. Motorists were advised to exercise caution and seek alternative routes due to flooding.
Government and School Responses
The UAE government implemented flexible working arrangements for the private sector. Educational institutions in Dubai and other Emirates switched to online classes, with KHDA urging schools and parents to adapt during these wet conditions. Dubai Municipality coordinated with other authorities to clear roads and restore traffic, also setting up communication channels for residents to report flood-affected areas.
Historical Context and Weather Insights
The recent heavy rains in the UAE highlight the need for preparedness in the face of unexpected natural events. The proactive responses from various authorities and the adaptability of residents underscore the community’s resilience in times of crisis.