Chaos at Dubai Airport as heaviest rainfall in 75 years pounds UAE

11:01 AM | 17 Apr, 2024
Chaos at Dubai Airport as heaviest rainfall in 75 years pounds UAE
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ABU DHABI – Highest rainfall in United Arab Emirates left trail of devastation, with life comes to standstill in the Middle Eastern nation.

The country of 9.5 million saw its heaviest rainfall in 75 years, shattering recorded precipitation since data collection began in 1949.

Amid the devastating rains, Dubai International (DXB) airport saw a haphazard situation with crew suffering from operational difficulties.

Dubai airport officials also cautioned masses not to come to airport unless absolutely necessary, as flights are being delayed and diverted. Passengers are urged to check their flight status directly with their airline.

Officials are currently working with emergency response teams and service partners to restore normal operations as flooding hampered transport options for passengers. Some stranded passengers have been provided with drinks and meals.

Emirates reported delays and disruptions to several flights to and from Dubai airport, suspending check-in for departing passengers April 17. Flydubai, Etihad, FlyNas and other airlines also experienced significant disruptions, with many flights canceled or delayed. The severe weather conditions are expected to continue.

UAE Rains

The Met Office of Middle Eastern nation termed recent rainfall as an exceptional event in country’s climate history. This significant rainfall is uncommon in the UAE and is expected to increase the country's annual rainfall average and groundwater reserves.

The unstable weather conditions, caused by a "low surface pressure" extension, affected the country from Monday, with two waves of unstable weather passing through on Tuesday.

This heavy rainfall is an exceptional event in Emirate that contributes to increasing the annual rainfall average in the UAE, as well as strengthening the country's groundwater reserves in general.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk


Pakistani Rupee exchange rate to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 27 May 2024

Pakistani currency rates against US Dollar and other currencies on May 27, 2024 (Monday) in open market.

USD to PKR rate today

US dollar was being quoted at 277.25 for buying and 280 for selling.

Euro moved down to 297 for buying and 300 for selling while British Pound rate is 349.5 for buying, and 353 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.15 and Saudi Riyal came down to 73.35.

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.25 280
Euro EUR 297 300
UK Pound Sterling GBP 349.5 353
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.15 75.85
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.35 74.1
Australian Dollar AUD 183 184.8
Bahrain Dinar BHD 740.75 748.75
Canadian Dollar CAD 203 205
China Yuan CNY 38.47 38.87
Danish Krone DKK 40.52 40.92
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.68 36.03
Indian Rupee INR 3.35 3.46
Japanese Yen JPY 1.91 1.99
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 907.57 916.57
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 59.39 59.99
New Zealand Dollar NZD 170.03 172.03
Norwegian Krone NOK 25.92 26.22
Omani Riyal OMR 723.64 731.64
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.42 77.12
Singapore Dollar SGD 203 205
Swedish Korona SEK 26.02 26.32
Swiss Franc CHF 304.75 307.25
Thai Baht THB 7.67 7.82


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