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Dubai storm warning: Too little, too late?
City grinds to a halt after warnings of severe climatic conditions.
November 21, 2013 4:50 by kippreport
Warnings of severe weather conditions emerged earlier this week, when the US Navy warned on Sunday that the Gulf region would be faced with its “worst storm in 30 years”.
Kippreport sources revealed that warnings first came from Bahrain earlier this week, when the US Navy issued warnings to GCC states and repositioned their boats to prepare for the storm. In anticipation of the storm, the US Air Force moved 12 US aircraft at the Dubai Airshow to a nearby maintenance facility on Wednesday evening.
The UAE’s National Centre of Meteorology and Seismology (NCMS) denied reports of a storm on Sunday and Sufiana Sarrah, meteorology specialist, told local media that while the UAE will experience heavy rain, there would be no flooding, hurricanes or cyclones across the Arabian Gulf region.
However, this morning, The Knowledge and Human Development Authority in Dubai confirmed to Kippreport that all schools in the emirate were “advised” to close for the day as a precautionary measure.
“Due to extreme weather conditions The Knowledge and Human Development Authority has advised all schools and nurseries in Dubai to close for the day, to ensure children get home safely,” it revealed in a statement.
The Dubai Airshow was also closed today after heavy rainfall caused flooding in the venue and organisers issued a warning, advising people not to travel to the show venue at Dubai World Central.
When contacted, Air Arabia confirmed that no flights have been affected by the weather, however, Etihad Airways could not be reached for comment.
Motorists have been repeatedly advised by NCMS, Dubai Police and Dubai Municipality to be extra cautious on the roads, due to low visibility and severe weather conditions.
Kippreport was unable to reach a spokesperson at the NCMS, but the centre has today issued several warnings of unstable weather and heavy rainfall, while spokespeople continued to deny rumours of a storm to local media.
Global Village has announced that it will close today to ensure the safety of visitors. “Due to a high chance of a thunder storm and in co-ordination with the instructions of the National Centre of Weather Forecast, Global Village management has taken the decision to close Global Village for today in order to assure its visitors safety,” the management announced in a press statement.
Beat Diabetes Walkathon postponed
The fifth Beat Diabetes Walkathon, which was due to be held tomorrow, has been postponed to Friday, December 6, at Zabeel Park.
Landmark Group, organisers of the walkathon said the event has been postponed on account of inclement weather conditions in Dubai.
All pre-registrations for the walkathon will remain valid for the new date.
Fitness First’s ‘Movement’ exercise challenge postponed
Fitness First, organisers of ‘Movement’, a one-day celebratory exercise experience for the community, announced today that the event, scheduled to be held on Saturday, November 23, has been postponed, on account of stormy weather conditions in the city.