Heavy rain across Dubai yesterday led to Dubai Mall being flooded and store employees reporting temporary closures.
Videos and images being widely distributed on social media show people wading through stores on the mall’s ground floor, in the Fashion Avenue area of the mall.
A separate video being widely shared on Twitter shows a torrent of water falling from the ceiling in what appears to be a car park area.
In a statement posted to the official Twitter account of the Dubai Media Office, an Emaar spokesperson said that “Dubai Mall was affected by the heavy rainfall, causing leakages in limited areas.”
“We are working to contain all leakages and the mall remains operational and open to the public. Mall staff is on the ground, ensuring the visitor experience remains unaffected,” the statement added.
Additionally, in a statement, Dubai Airports said that it expected disruption to arrivals and departures throughout the afternoon.