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02 March 2024

Traffic delays, waterlogging, flights cut

By Bindu Rai

UPDATE:  Aircraft traffic through Dubai International Airport and Dubai World Central Airport has not been significantly affected today (Wednesday) by rains and bad weather conditions nationwide.

According to a statement issued by Dubai Airports, up until12 o'clock, Dubai World Central Airport had received two planes which had been diverted from another UAE airport.

It noted that the heavy rains only caused a limited delay in the take off of some flights, adding that all competent authorities and aviation companies are taking the necessary measures to reduce passenger discomfort.


Heavy traffic conditions have been reported from across the UAE following thunderstorms and corresponding waterlogging in parts of Abu Dhabi, while Dubai road face a spate of obstructions with two stalled trucks and a bus across different stretches.

Meanwhile, Abu Dhabi International Airport has resumed flights. Earlier, it had suspended flgiths on account of bad weather. "Due to severe weather conditions, flights at Abu Dhabi International Airport are suspended until further notice, for the safety of our passengers and in line with civil aviation regulations,' the airpirt said in an advisory at 12.30pm on Wednesday.

A Dubai Aiports spokesperson, meanwhile, has stated operations at Dubai International and Dubai World Central have largely remained unaffected due to the current weather conditions in the UAE, with only 'minor delays for departure flights'.

The spokesperson further added: "Dubai World Central has received two flights diverted from a neighbouring airport. Dubai Airports is working with airlines and our partners on the ground to minimise any inconvenience to our passengers."

Earlier, Dubai Police authorities took to social media platforms, warning residents of a stalled truck on Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road at 7am, after Al Rashidya Bridge, towards Sharjah.

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At the same time, a stalled bus was reported near the Trade Centre Tunnel Entrance, towards Dubai Mall Bridge; this had yet to clear at 8.30am.

At 7.45am, the authority said: “A stalled truck on Al Rebat Street, opposite Bel Rumaitha Club toward Business Bay; traffic congestion reported.”

According to commuters, traffic has backed up to Algeria Street and has yet to clear.

The Ministry of Interior, Abu Dhabi, has also reported heavy rains across the emirate, which has caused waterlogging in Madinat Zayed, Masdar City and Khalifa City, along with the garden city of Al Ain.

The authority has urged motorists to drive cautiously.

Abu Dhabi Airports has further stated: “Due to severe weather conditions across the UAE Air Expo 2016 is cancelled for the rest of today. An update on tomorrow's schedule will be issued later.”