Dubai Grapples with Record-Breaking Rainfall, Disrupting Daily Life and Travel

Starting Monday, 20 millimeters of rain hit Dubai, intensifying to over 142 millimeters by Tuesday evening. This surpasses the yearly average of 94.7 millimeters at Dubai International Airport, highlighting the unprecedented nature of the downpour

Dubai, renowned for its towering skyscrapers and arid climate, found itself grappling with an unprecedented weather event as heavy rainfall inundated the city, disrupting daily life and travel for residents and visitors alike.

The state-run WAM news agency described the recent rainstorm as historic, surpassing any documented since the inception of data collection in 1949.


Meteorological data from Dubai International Airport revealed staggering figures, indicating that the city received a year and a half’s worth of rain within the span of just two days.

The deluge began late Monday, with 20 millimeters of rain soaking the sands and roadways. By Tuesday evening, the intensity of the downpour had escalated, with more than 142 millimeters of rainfall inundating Dubai. To put this into perspective, an average year typically sees 94.7 millimeters of rain at Dubai International Airport.

The repercussions of the relentless rainfall reverberated across the city. Operations at Dubai Airport, a vital travel hub connecting the Middle East with the rest of the world, were severely disrupted.

Reuters reported that the storm flooded the runway, halting flight operations. While inbound flights at Terminal 1 resumed, delays and disruptions persisted, affecting several other flights.

As the rainwater swelled in the streets, residents faced harrowing experiences. Khaleej Times documented instances where individuals abandoned their vehicles and were unable to navigate through the flooded roads. One resident recounted watching helplessly as the water level surged, ultimately submerging their car.

In response to the crisis, UAE President Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan reiterated the government’s unwavering commitment to prioritize the safety and security of its citizens.


Despite the challenges posed by the unprecedented weather event, authorities worked tirelessly to mitigate the impact and ensure the well-being of the populace.

The scenes of inundated streets and disrupted air travel serve as a stark reminder of the vulnerability of even the most technologically advanced cities in the face of nature’s fury.

Dubai, known for its resilience and innovation, now faces the arduous task of recovery and adaptation in the aftermath of this historic rainfall.

As the city navigates through the aftermath of this unprecedented weather event, it underscores the importance of proactive measures to address the challenges posed by climate change.

While Dubai may be accustomed to making headlines for its architectural marvels and economic prowess, the recent deluge serves as a poignant reminder of the unpredictable forces of nature that transcend human ingenuity.


This article was created using automation and was thoroughly edited and fact-checked by one of our editorial staff members

Tariq Saeed


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