Downpour shuts UAE schools, disrupts flights

 09 Mar 2016 - 15:47

Downpour shuts UAE schools, disrupts flights
A construction zone barrier is seen above parked cars after it fell following a heavy rain storm on March 9, 2016 in Abu Dhabi. Schools in the United Arab Emirates were ordered to shut after rare heavy rain hit the desert Gulf state, causing flights to be suspended and flooding roads. AFP

 

Dubai: Schools in the United Arab Emirates were ordered to shut on Wednesday after rare heavy rain hit the desert Gulf state, causing flights to be suspended and flooding roads.

Education authorities said schools will stay closed on Thursday also as the thundery weather is expected to persist.

Flights at Abu Dhabi airport resumed on Wednesday afternoon after being suspended earlier in the day, and Dubai International also experienced delays, aviation authorities said.

Images posted on social media showed vehicles half-submerged in flooded streets in Abu Dhabi.

The weather agency in the UAE, which ranks among the world's 10 driest countries, said more rain is expected on Thursday.

AFP