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29 November 2023

UAE fog alert: Abu Dhabi, Dubai traffic affected

Commuters are warned to proceed with caution (File)

By Bindu Rai
Latest: Abu Dhabi Police have warned of severe delays in the city, tweeting at 8.45am: “Traffic congestion and delays before Al Maqta Bridge, inbound Abu Dhabi.”

- Another accident has also been reported affecting commuters heading into Abu Dhabi from Dubai, near Al Rahba. Drivers can expect some delays.
- The NCMS has alerted visibility in Liwa has dropped below 50 metres. Drivers are being warned to maintain safe distance between vehicles and to commute with fog lights or low beams.

- Temperatures also plummeted early morning, with the lowest recorded over the country on Sunday was 3.4 degrees Celsius at Jabal Jais at 4.45am.
- Dubai Police tweeted of an accident at 8am, saying: “An accident has been reported in Airport tunnel from Al Qusais towards Al Rashidiya, resulting in traffic delays.”
Commuters are warned to proceed with caution, as UAE’s weather bureau reports low visibility in parts of the country today
The National Centre of Meteorology and Seismology (NCMS) has stated that visibility is reduced to less than 1,000 metres in parts of the UAE, with main areas affected including surroundings of Al Maktoum International Airport, parts of Abu Dhabi city, Liwa and Ras Al Khaimah.
Abu Dhabi Police also issued a warning to drivers in the late hours of Saturday night tweeting: “Low visibility due to fog formation in different parts in Abu Dhabi and highways. Motorists are urged to take extra caution.”
With the Mercury shooting up over the weekend, Saturday recorded highs of nearly 25-degree Celsius in Sweihan and Tawiyen; ironically, the latter district is the same that experienced the freak hail storm last week that transformed the desert landscape into a snowy vista.
NCMS warns temperatures will continue to increase relative humidity tonight and tomorrow morning, continuing the pattern of fog and mist over the next 48 hours.
Meanwhile, nights will continue to be ‘relatively cold’, according to NCMS, with the possibility of rough seas tomorrow morning over the Strait of Hormuz.