It's Raining in the UAE - & More Sandstorms Are Set To Hit

Dubai and Abu Dhabi braced for more extreme weather - and it could last for days!
ByLauren SteadmanSunday , 22 February 2015
It's Raining in the UAE - & More Sandstorms Are Set To Hit
Team Ahlan!'s headquarters after yesterday's sandstorm!

You’d better take the washing inside and pack a brolly – it's raining in Dubai, while more sandstorms are set to hit the UAE today!

Rain could occur “over scattered areas of the country” today, tweeted the UAE’s National Centre of Meteorology and Seismology (NCMS).

The agency also warned motorists to be careful, drive more slowly than usual and leave a safe stopping distance between themselves and other vehicles. It also pointed to extremely poor visibility of 500m at Dubai’s Al Maktoum International Airport, and of less than 1,000m in many other areas nationwide. The sea is also particularly choppy, it added.

Today’s weather conditions have been categorised by the NCMS as “significant,” prompting several government agencies to issue weather-related warnings. Over the next few days, we can also expect more dust, while thunderstorms have also been forecast.

“Do not allow children with respiratory, asthma and allergic diseases to go out except in [the] utmost urgent cases,” tweeted the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority. “Reduce the frequency of going out from the house and being subject to [the] outdoor environment as much as possible.”

It advised those venturing outside to: “Put a mask over your nose and mouth, and protect your eyes,” also, somewhat disturbingly, warning people to “stay away from glass windows and doors.”

The warning was echoed by Dubai Police, who tweeted: “Due to reduced visibility because of the sand and dust we request motorist to drive carefully and safely,” while Abu Dhabi police tweeted a caution to “beware of surprises” accompanied by a picture of a fallen tree across a road.

Nine people were injured in road accidents in Dubai yesterday. Col Saif Al Mazroeui, director of the General Department of Traffic, said one man had been seriously injured in a 15-car pile-up on Sheikh Zayed Road. In another incident, eight people sustained minor injuries when their minibus flipped over.

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