LATEST: At 5.15pm, traffic has eased a little on Sheikh Zayed Road, with the pile-up starting from just before Ibn Battutta Mall and clearing up after Energy Metro Station.
At 1.17pm, traffic situation on Sheikh Zayed road didn’t show any improvement. Traffic has been diverted to Seih Shuaib.
A handle named Abu Dhabi traffic wrote, “13:00 E11 Shk Zayed Road to Dubai, Flooding clean up. Traffic diverted at Seih Shuaib. Delays.”
Abu Dhabi-bound traffic on Sheikh Zayed Road was still unchanged at 9.26am on Thursday morning.
A look at Google Maps show the traffic pile-up starting from after Dubai Internet City metro station travelling all the way up to Interchange 7.
Motorists are being advised to take alternate routes.
“Sheikh Zayed Road is extremely congested going from Dubai to Abu Dhabi. Traffic starts from the Palm passed Ibn Battuta towards Jebel Ali,” added a motorist a little before 9am.
“Roads going out of Discovery Gardens are completely blocked either by water or traffic at a standstill,” wrote a commuter around 9am.
“Mall of the Emirates – Jebel Ali: Must be the longest traffic jam recorded in Dubai,” tweeted another.
Earlier in the morning, Dubai's Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) urged motorists to avoid using Sheikh Zayed Road due to water logging in parts of the long stretch after the torrential downpour. Commuters were requested to use alternate routes like Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed road and Emirates road.
The authority tweeted: "RTA requests the road users coming from & going to Abu Dhabi to use Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed road & Emirates Road due to the accumulation of rain water on Sheikh Zayed road.
"RTA is working hard to drain the water in that area for the traffic to return to normal at the earliest.
"RTA thanks all road users for their cooperation and apologizes for any delays encountered."
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