UAE: Passengers across flights faced delays at airports this weekend caused by blowing dust from a severe sandstorm, with delays reported on flights to London Heathrow, Mumbai, Kiev, Melbourne, Bangkok.
Flight operations at the Dubai International (DXB) airport were disrupted due to poor weather conditions, the airport operator said 10 inbound flights were diverted to Dubai World Central (DWC) and “other neighbouring airports”.
According to the National Centre of Meteorology (NCM), visibility dropped to less than 500 metres over Abu Dhabi and Dubai international airports.
“Dubai Airports is working closely with airlines and all our service partners to minimise the impact of the disruption and restore normal operations at the earliest. We apologise to our customers for any inconvenience caused,” the airport operator said.
Flydubai said the weather conditions caused some delays to a “number of our inbound and outbound flights”.
“We are continuing to monitor the situation and we apologise for the inconvenience the adverse weather conditions may have caused our passengers,” said a flydubai spokesperson.
Prominent landmarks like the Burj Khalifa and Ain Dubai remained hidden as visibility dropped to less than 500 metres in some areas. Meanwhile, heavy rains fell in five emirates on the day.
The official weather bulletin predicts dusty conditions and rains over the next four days.
About National Centre of Meteorology (NCM)
In the year 2007, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan issued a federal decree Law No. (6) Of the year 2007 to establish the National Centre of Meteorology and Seismology. To achieve excellence in meteorological and seismological services and contribute to the development of science through the promotion of the sustainable development of the UAE.
The National Center of Meteorology aims to unite the sources of meteorological and seismological information across the UAE, to monitor changes occurring in the atmosphere and the earth’s crust and to deliver meteorological services.
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