10 Inches of Rain Recorded in Dubai

On Wednesday, the Arabian Peninsula was struck by an unusual amount of rain and flooding, which caused aircraft to be grounded and schools to be closed. The United Arab Emirates, a desert nation, saw 10 inches of rain fall in a single day.

According to Oman’s National Committee for Emergency Management, at least 18 individuals have passed away as a result of the extreme weather in recent days.

Across the region—which is generally desert and unaccustomed to heavy rain and flash flooding—the storms flooded roads and produced perilous circumstances.

Early on Wednesday, the airport in Dubai sent travelers the advice to avoid going there unless “absolutely necessary.” Announcements on X (formerly twitter) by Emirates that it will not be accepting passenger check-ins at Dubai until Wednesday at midnight (3 p.m. ET).

The UAE saw more rain than it has ever had since records have been kept in 1949, when the region was still under British rule and before oil was discovered, according to the National Center of Meteorology in Abu Dhabi.

In less than twenty-four hours, ten inches of train were delivered to the Khatm Al Shakla neighborhood outside of Al Ain, close to the Oman border.

The center for meteorology described it as “an exceptional event in the UAE’s climate history since the start of recording climate data, and it is expected that the coming hours will witness the recording of larger amounts of rainfall.”

On April 16, a number of incoming planes were diverted from Dubai’s main international airport due to severe rainfall that caused significant flooding around the desert nation.

On Wednesday, travelers at Dubai International Airport wait for their flights.
The state-owned news station Al Arabiya in Saudi Arabia was able to capture footage showing the Dubai tarmac flooded, with support trucks almost completely submerged and airplanes just able to skim the floodwaters.

At midnight on Tuesday, the city of Dubai had received 5.59 inches of rain in a 24-hour period. This is equivalent to 3.73 inches of rain annually on average at Dubai Airport, a major hub for travel to and from the Middle East.

 

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