Abu Dhabi International Airport
Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

Substantial Flooding Affects United Arab Emirates: April 2024 Travel Alert

Why has bizarre weather been occurring in this part of the Middle East?

Substantial flooding affects United Arab Emirates April 2024; so consider ensuring that you have alternate travel plans ready to be implemented because of torrential precipitation — and Oman has been affected as well.

Substantial Flooding Affects United Arab Emirates: April 2024 Travel Alert

The following statement is currently posted at the official Internet web site of Dubai Airports:

Dubai Airports can confirm that due to the continued exceptional weather event currently being experienced in the UAE, Dubai International (DXB) is temporarily diverting inbound flights due to arrive this evening on Tuesday, 16 April until the inclement situation improves. Departures will continue to operate.

The airport is working hard with its response teams and service partners to restore normal operations and minimise inconvenience to our customers.

We urge guests to check directly with the airline to obtain the latest information on the status of their flight, allow significant extra travel time to the airport and use the Dubai metro where possible.

Zayed International Airport — which was formerly known as Abu Dhabi International Airport — has announced via its official social media channels that “Due to the potential of adverse weather conditions including heavy rain in Abu Dhabi, some flights may be delayed. Passengers are advised to regularly check with their airline for the latest information about their flight and allow plenty of time to travel to the airport.”

The following statement was posted at the official Twitter — er…X — account of Oman Airports:

Oman Airports teams and all their partners at Muscat International Airport deal with a group of flights transferred from neighboring airports affected by the weather condition #منخفض_المطير that is currently affecting the region, as part of the integration obligations in place in accordance with the international protocols followed in these emergency situations.

We ask God to protect everyone and make them reach their destination, and to make it rain of goodness and blessings and to benefit the country and the people.

Social media has been flooded with content posted about this rare weather phenomenon, as the flooding has affected the infrastructure in Dubai and elsewhere in the United Arab Emirates.

A process which is known as cloud seeding is apparently to blame.


Final Boarding Call

If you are traveling to, from, or within the United Arab Emirates and Oman over the next couple of days or so, expect delays and cancellations of flights. Keep up to date on the latest information pertaining to this winter weather system which may adversely affect your travel plans. Better yet, postponing or canceling your trip might be a better option — no matter which mode of travel you plan on taking.

If you have a flight scheduled, your flight may be delayed or canceled — and you may be eligible for a waiver of a fee to change your itinerary.

Be sure to contact your airline or transportation provider for the latest information pertaining to your travels — if they are adversely affected — and please: travel safely.

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

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