Dubai Police issued a public safety warning early Monday as heavy rain , thunder, and lightning were recorded across parts of the United Arab Emirates.
In an early morning public alert, Dubai Police said the emirate was “exposed to fluctuations in weather conditions” and advised members of the public to “stay away from beaches, avoid areas of valleys, torrent flows, and low places.”
It also warned motorists to take caution while driving vehicles, and to adhere to the instruction of authorities.
Loud thunder, flashes of lightning, and heavy downpours were reported across parts of the country on Monday, a day after showers and scattered rainfall were experienced across the UAE on Sunday.
The UAE’s National Center of Meteorology issued a yellow and a more severe orange weather alert across much of the country, including Ras Al Khaimah, Sharjah, Umm Al Quwain, and parts of Dubai.
It warned of rough seas and rainfall of “different intensities” and strong winds across parts of the UAE.
Ahead of the predicted downpours, the UAE’s Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation on Sunday urged employers to ensure the safety of employees by giving them flexible working options.
“The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation calls on private sector companies across the UAE to apply flexible working patterns tomorrow, Monday, February 12, given the expected weather,” the authority said.
Necessary measures need to be taken by companies to ensure outdoor work, if necessary to resume, complying with the occupational health and safety requirements.
“Companies also need to ensure the health and safety of workers commuting to and from outdoor work locations.”
Dubai’s school regulator, the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) also urged educators to provide remote learning on Monday amid the wet weather.
In a post on social media platform X, it said: “With unpredictable weather predicted, we ask all Dubai private schools, nurseries, and universities to be flexible when considering the needs of parents, staff, and students and provide the option of distance learning on Monday, Feb 12. Stay safe everyone.”
Early Monday, residents took to social media to share pictures of downpours.
“Wildest rain in UAE,” one social media user posted on X. “Rain here in the UAE is mega hard,” said another. “This one is like a cyclone, even though it isn’t.”