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Heavy Rain Causes Chaos in Dubai, Disrupting Flight Operations

Dubai grapples with chaos as heavy rain disrupts air travel, and floods desert city. Dubai International Airport faces delays, and cancellations amid flooded runways and submerged cars.

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Heavy Rain Causes Chaos in Dubai, Disrupting Flight Operations

Heavy Rain Causes Chaos in Dubai, Disrupting Flight Operations

Dubai, known for its arid climate and scorching temperatures, faced unprecedented chaos on Tuesday as heavy rain lashed the United Arab Emirates (UAE), leading to widespread flooding and disrupting air travel across the desert country. The unexpected deluge not only brought the bustling city to a standstill but also raised concerns about the impact of climate change on extreme weather events in the region.

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Dubai International Airport, the world's busiest air hub for international passengers, bore the brunt of the heavy downpour, forcing the diversion of numerous incoming flights and causing disruptions to flight operations. The airport, accustomed to handling over 100 flight arrivals on a typical evening, experienced a rare suspension of arrivals, followed by a gradual resumption 25 minutes later. Despite the evening resumption of departure flights, operations encountered significant delays and cancellations.

 

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Social media was flooded with videos depicting planes navigating flooded runways and cars partially submerged in the airport's parking lot. Access roads leading to the airport were also inundated, exacerbating the chaos.

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The impact on flight operations at Dubai International Airport has been substantial, with a total of 79 flights to Dubai, including 15 from India, cancelled, 178 flights delayed, and 10 flights diverted. The floods have not only affected arrivals but also departures from the airport, with 90 flights from Dubai, including 13 headed for India, cancelled, and 152 delayed.

 

 

 

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