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Rain in Dubai: Flights disrupted as roads near airport closed, residents urged to avoid unnecessary trips


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Dubai: Rain overnight brought Dubai to a virtual standstill on Saturday morning as major roads were waterlogged, flights were delayed as roads around the airport faced severe congestions, and numerous vehicles stalled in flooded streets.

Following are the latest updates:


03:21 PM

January 11, 2020

Minimising disruption

Joint efforts to restore traffic operations and minimise disruption are ongoing by
RTA, Dubai Municipality, Dubai Police in compliance with standard protocols.



02:22 PM

January 11, 2020

Unusually heavy rain

Unusually heavy rain has hit Dubai, with rainfall reaching 150 mm/hour for 2.5 hours, according to preliminary reports, resulting in water ponds in some areas of the emirate and traffic diversions.


02:02 PM

January 11, 2020

Traffic diverted

Traffic has been diverted from Al Garhoud Bridge to Trade Centre roundabout towards Zabeel 2 rd. Kindly exercise extra caution on the roads.


01:03 PM

January 11, 2020

Traffic diverted

Traffic has been diverted from Al-Safa Bridge on Sheikh Zayed Road, in the direction coming from Abu Dhabi to Al-Mieydan and Garden Streets. Kindly exercise extra caution on the roads.


12:46 PM

January 11, 2020

Vehicles Inspection Centres closed

Due to adverse weather conditions, the Vehicles Inspection Centres are temporarily closed. Customers are kindly asked to check the opening timings before heading to any centre.


11:19 AM

January 11, 2020

Al Ittihad road tunnel has been closed towards Al Garhoud bridge

Al Ittihad road tunnel has been closed towards Al Garhoud bridge due to rain water pools, according to Dubai Police. Motorists were urged to drive carefully and safely.


08:41 AM

January 11, 2020

Flight disruptions in Dubai

Dubai: Due to heavy rainfall, Dubai International (DXB) is currently experiencing flight disruption and roads surrounding the airport are congested.

Customers are advised to allow extra time to get to the airport ahead of their flight, and use the Dubai Metro where possible. For more information customers are advised to check the status of their flight with their airline or on DubaiAirports.ae


07:37 AM

January 11, 2020

Road closed — bidirectional, traffic redirected

Dubai Parks Bridge on Sheikh Zayed Road has been closed (bidirectional) due to rain water pools and traffic is redirected to Zayed Bin Hamdan and Emirates Roads, according to Dubai Police.

Rain in Dubai
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Due to heavy rains, water flooding has been reported on Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Road and Al Khail Road in the Sharjah-bound lane. Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority urged motorists to be cautious and use alternative roads.

And due to heavy rains, major water flooding has been reported on Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Road and Al Khail Road in the Sharjah-bound lane. Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority urged motorists to be cautious and use alternative roads.

RTA also announced: Due to rain water pools down the First Bridge (Dubai Mall Bridge), traffic has been redirected to Financial Center Road in both directions.

Rain water pools had also formed on Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road near National Paint Bridge towards Sharjah, reported the RTA. “Kindly use Tripoli Street and Al Khawaneej Street towards Emirates Road.”

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