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12 July 2024

Raining Cash: Storm in Saudi Arabia (or Dubai)

Two bank employees supplying ATM machine during sandstorm when nearly SR10,000 in SR100 notes blown away. (Reuters)

By Staff

A wave of sand and thunderstorms in Saudi Arabia brought dust, rain and snow across the desert Gulf Kingdom except one place, where it rained money.

Residents of a neighbourhood in the Southern Asir province could hardly believe their eyes when they were flooded with hundreds of Saudi riyal notes.

Unlike in rainfall, instead of seeking shelter they welcomed the money storm with open hands, open hearts and a big smile on their faces.

They apparently were very curious as to where the money came from but not to the extent they would return it to the source. They simply picked the notes and vanished happily inside their homes.

In a report from Asir, ‘Sabq’ newspaper explained the phenomenon. “Two bank employees were supplying the ATM machine with notes during a sandstorm when nearly SR10,000 in SR100 notes were blown away.”

“The two called the police, who called back-up to search for the money, but not a single note was found.”

This video below has begun doing the rounds of social media, suggesting the 'cash rain' happened in Dubai.

While some news sites have picked it up reporting that this video is in fact Dubai, there is no official confirmation of the same.