Dubai rain alert: Airport passengers urged to use Metro; drivers warned of traffic congestion.
01 November 2023, 12:00 AM
30 November 2023, 12:00 AM
Passengers departing and arriving at Dubai Airports have been urged to use the Metro due to traffic congestion on the roads. The police posted the alert on social media on Thursday as heavy rains, lightning and thunder hit Dubai.
In another alert, the police urged motorists heading to Airport Road to use alternative routes to avoid traffic congestion. The force said the road must be proritised for travellers landing at Dubai Airports.
The National Centre of Meteorology (NCM) reported heavy rains and thunder around Dubai and Sharjah airports. No flight delays have been reported as at 5.30pm on Thursday.
Weather-related social media handle Storm Centre showed a video of lightning striking the world’s largest building, the Burj Khalifa.
Dubai authorities wasted no time to clear roads and drain out rainwater. The downpour peaked as the evening rush hour approached, quickly forming water pools on a number of roads.
Bottlenecks were reported on busy highways, prompting the police to issue notices advising drivers to take alternative routes. Even the Dubai Police urged those going to or from the airport to take the Metro to avoid traffic jams.
While pushing out real-time updates and safety advisories, Dubai authorities' reliable response teams fanned out across the city to tackle the impact of heavy rain.