Heavy unexpected rain in the UAE delayed the flights, leaving life stuck.


UAE: 17 April 2024: Authorities and communities across the United Arab Emirates (UAE) were clearing debris on Wednesday after a torrential downpour killed at least one person and caused damage to homes and businesses while Dubai’s airport faced disruptions.

The UAE witnessed a record rainfall with 254mm falling in Al Ain on Tuesday in less than 24 hours, according to the national meteorology centre. That was the most since records began in 1949, before the country was established in 1971.

Although heavy rains had eased by late Tuesday, disruptions were continuing on Wednesday with Emirates airline suspending check-in for passengers departing Dubai airport until midnight.

Dubai International Airport, one of the world’s busiest, said it was facing significant disruptions after the heavy rains delayed or diverted flights and had impacted flight crews.

According to The Times of Oman, Wednesday is predicted to bring additional rain. The sky were clear in Dubai, but there was silence on some parts of the roads following the government's directive for all schools and employees to work remotely for the second day in a row.Significant damage from the heavy rain was seen in several areas of the UAE, including collapsed roads and flooded homes, according to media reports and social media posts.

On Tuesday, images of flooded parking lots and roadways with some cars fully submerged appeared on social media. Sheikh Zayed Road, a 12-lane thoroughfare that runs across Dubai, was partially submerged, resulting in hours-long traffic congestion.

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