Bad UAE weather impacts airports, closes schools
Abu Dhabi International Airport announced that it is resuming flight operations following a short stoppage due to bad weather conditions on Wednesday.
The airport had suspended all flights earlier in the day, redirecting arrivals to terminals in neighbouring Al Ain and Dubai after a strong rainstorm hit the UAE this morning.
Meanwhile, departure flights at international terminals in Dubai faced slight delays, also due to bad weather conditions, the airport operator said. However, it did not announce the suspension of any flights or any other operations.
Residents in several parts of the UAE woke up to unexpected stormy weather this morning, with heavy rains, thunder and lightning.
But the capital of Abu Dhabi has witnessed heavy rains since Tuesday. The Abu Dhabi Air Expo, a three-day aviation exhibition which opened only on Tuesday, cancelled its second day schedule due to weather conditions.
“Due to weather conditions across the UAE, Air Expo is cancelled for the rest of today. An update on tomorrow’s schedule will be issued later,” a statement read on the expo’s official twitter account Wednesday.
The UAE’s minister of education, Hussein Al Hammadi, issued a decision to close private and public schools across the UAE on Thursday, given current weather conditions.
Schools in Abu Dhabi had already been closed for Wednesday, following a decision made by the Abu Dhabi Education Council on Tuesday evening.