Heavy rain hits Dubai and here’s what you need to know

Dubai woke up to wet roads and intermittent rains today and meteorologists say there’s more to come.

High winds and heavy rains have ambushed UAE over the past three days, and the UAE’s National Centre of Meteorology (NCM) took to Twitter to say that the rainy days aren’t over yet.

 

NCM issued a 14-hour flash flood warning alert that ends at 11.30am on Sunday. Another word of caution issued by NCM warns residents of rough seas and urges beach-goers to remain alert over the ever-changing weather conditions.

We know that this weather can be fun to road trip in, but the roads are rather slippery and the Dubai police have issued warnings to all motorists in the region. If you’re driving today, take care and heed Roads and Transport Authority advice on Instagram to try to raise awareness of safe driving in wet conditions: “Driving in the rain requires you to focus more. Turn on your headlights and keep a safe space between the vehicle ahead of you to avoid a collision.”

Although Dubai saw has largely recovered from the overnight rainstorms, flash floods have also been reported in other emirates. Drivers should take care in Ras Al Khaimah and other regions surrounded by valleys and riverbeds, due to flooding and waterlogging roads in those regions.

Heavy rains have also closed off Jebel Jais, the UAE’s highest point. Up to 300 cars are believed stranded there due to flash flooding. Emergency services and rescue teams began airlifting people from the Ras Al Khaimah peak early Sunday morning.

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There was speculation as to whether schools would be closed for the day, however, in its trademark lighthearted style, Dubai’s Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) clarified that all schools will remain open unless parents were informed otherwise.

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Of course, bad weather doesn’t bring only bad news. His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum captured a stunning shot of lightning forking around the Burj Khalifa. His tweet attracted nearly 5,000 likes on Twitter, with comments like:”Amazing! Stunning photography!”

Whatever the weather, we’ll have plenty of idea on how to spend your week – check our homepage soon for more info!

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