Rain in Dubai: Traffic Comes to a Standstill, More Showers Expected Today
Dubai and other parts of the UAE have been receiving rainfall since Thursday. Some key roads have been closed and several are waterlogged.
Dubai and other parts of the UAE have been receiving light to heavy rainfall, accompanied by thunder, lightening and strong winds, since Thursday, as a result of the country’s cloud seeding operations. Heavy showers continued on Saturday morning, with many cars stalled on waterlogged roads. Some key roads have been closed for the safety of drivers. The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) tweeted, "Due to rain water pools down the First Bridge (Dubai Mall Bridge), traffic is redirected to Financial Center Road in both directions." The authorities have urged drivers to be very cautious on the roads and avoid any unncessary trips.
Dubai Parks Bridge on Sheikh Zayed Road was also closed due to the large pools of rain water and traffic was redirected to Emirates Road and Zayed Bin Hamdan Road. Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Road and Al Khail Road, heading to Sharjah, were also flooded and motorists were asked to use alternate routes, such as Tripoli Street and Al Khawaneej Street towards Emirates Road.
Due to the heavy rainfall on Friday evening and Saturday morning, Dubai International (DXB) also experienced flight disruption while roads around the airport were congested. Dubai Airports also issued an advisory on Friday, requesting passengers to arrive several hours ahead of their flights.
Rainy and cloudy weather is expected to continue today. The National Center of Meteorology (NCM) has predicted that rain will continue falling, especially over the Northern, Eastern, and some coastal and internal areas, and the number of clouds will decrease gradually by the evening. The Eastern parts of Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Ras Al Khaimah, Fujairah, the Jais mountains, Umm Al Quwain and islands in the northeastern regions of the UAE will be receiving rainfall during the day. According to the forecast, the weather will become stable after that with some scattered showers on Sunday.
#TrafficUpdate | Due to rain water pools down the First Bridge (Dubai Mall Bridge), traffic is redirected to Financial Center Road in both directions.— RTA (@rta_dubai) January 11, 2020