Flights at Dubai International Airport were delayed on Saturday with some cancellations due to flooding.
“Dubai Airports can confirm that due to heavy rainfall and flooding earlier today, Dubai International (DXB) is experiencing operational disruptions,” an official said yesterday.
“We are working closely with our service partners to get back to full operations as soon as possible, however flight delays are expected to continue through the day with some cancellations and diversions to Dubai World Central (DWC).”
Passengers were asked to check revised times with airlines and budget sufficient time to reach the airport.
The Roads and Transport Authority urged residents to use the metro in Dubai to avoid traffic snarls as commuters reported being stranded on the roads for hours.
The National Centre of Meteorology sent out alert warning residents to be extremely vigilant. The centre forecast “hazardous weather events of exceptional severity” throughout the day with thunder, heavy rain in the Northern Emirates and eastern areas.
“Freezing rain” was expected in the mountain areas and rainfall would continue over the next two days, the centre said.
Chilly temperatures will persist across the country with the mercury expected to dip 4 to 6 degrees lower through the week.
Mountain areas such as Jebel Jais will have minimum temperatures as low as 0°C, internal areas will range between 9°C to 14°C and coastal areas will stay at 10°C to 15°C.
Wind speeds in the Arabian Gulf were at 30 knots with waves up to 12 feet.
Rainfall is expected to continue on Sunday across northern, eastern and southern areas from Ras Al Khaimah, Al Ain to Asab.
Some sites such as Global Village announced they would stay shut for the day until conditions improved.