Sandstorm Causes Chaos Across the UAE!

Top tips for staying safe during the Saudi shamal that's wreaking havoc across the Gulf
ByLauren SteadmanThursday , 02 April 2015
Sandstorm Causes Chaos Across the UAE!
Crazy weather is wreaking havoc across the Gulf

If you opened your curtains to a wall of orange fog, you’re not alone.

Zero visibility caused by a major sandstorm is causing chaos across the UAE, prompting several government agencies to issue advice on how to stay safe.

People with dust allergies and respiratory illnesses such as asthma shouldn’t leave the house, said the National Centre for Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority (NCEMA), adding that anyone who has to go outside today should wear sunglasses to guard against eye grit and consider covering their mouth and nose with a wet napkin or mask.

It also issued the following tips for drivers:

- If you’re using air conditioning, shut the external air inlet hole.

- Be careful when passing by side or under the billboards or lampposts.

- Avoid sand dunes on external and open roads, especially while driving, as the wind can move large amounts of sand onto the Tarmac.

Dubai Police urged drivers to make sure their cars’ lights were on and to keep a sufficient distance from other vehicles while on the roads, adding that visibility has dropped to as low as 100m in the emirate’s Jebel Ali area.


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