UAE Rainfall Breaks Record, Country Receives Heaviest Rainfall in 24 Years

UAE Rainfall Breaks Record, Country Receives Heaviest Rainfall in 24 Years

UAE’s National Centre of Meteorology has revealed the country received the highest amount of rainfall since 1996. Learn more

The UAE has broken a new record with its downpours, the result of its cloud seeding operations. With the recent showers, the country has recorded the highest amount of rainfall it has received since 1996. The National Centre of Meteorology (NCM) has revealed that as of 7.23am on Sunday, Al Shakla, Al Ain had received 190.4 millimetres of rainfall between 9-12 January. The last time the country witnessed such heavy rainfall was 24 years ago in Khor Fakkan, when the region saw 144 millimetres of accumulated rainfall. 

Dubai Rain

As per the NCM, other areas which witnessed the heaviest amount of rain, between Thursday and Sunday morning, included Mazayd with 172.4 mm, Damtha with 172.2 mm, Al Foah with 156.8 mm and Falaj Al Muallah with 152 mm, in the eastern region of the UAE.

The stormy weather conditions have brought daily life to a halt in some parts of the country, as the roads have become waterlogged and traffic is being diverted.

Dubai Rain

In view of the weather situation and flooding on the roads, the Ministry of Infrastructure Development has shared its decision to allocate 20 task forces to monitor the situation of roads across the UAE. In a statement, the Ministry said it was ready to respond to any rebuilding needs arising out of the damages caused by the rain. The Federal Authority said, "Various regions of the country have witnessed unusually heavy rains, which caused rain water to accumulate on the main roads and cause diversions on some intersections. The Ministry of Infrastructure Development, in coordination with local authorities, have deployed 20 teams to monitor the roads. The teams have been assigned to deal with three main tasks, which include the drainage of waterlogged roads, removing mud and heavy debris, as well as repairing roads that may have been damaged by the rain.”

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By Ayesha Hoda
Ayesha Hoda is a senior communications professional and writer, currently based in Dubai, UAE.