Dubai rain aftermath: Some roads remain flooded, motorists caught in traffic jams

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Part of Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road before the exit to Warsan 1 is waterlogged on April 18, 2024. EXPAT MEDIA

Motorists were caught in traffic jams in parts of Dubai on Thursday (April 18) as some roads remained waterlogged or blocked by eroded sand days after heavy rain hit the emirate and caused widespread flooding.

Traffic was slow moving on Manama Street towards Fruit & Vegetable Market in Al Aweer, while motorists who took the exit to Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road towards Sharjah were unable to pass due to flooding, just before the exit to Warsan 1 near International City.

Chris (full name withheld), an International City resident, told Expat Media that he was stuck in traffic for 30 minutes on a road that usually takes him a minute to drive through.

“I got out of International City to take Manama Street. That is usually a one-minute drive. It took me 30 minutes as we were caught in a traffic jam. I thought of taking the exit to Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road so I could just return to International City, and quickly realized that the reason there was less traffic in those few meters was because up ahead was a flooded road,” Chris told Expat Media.

He said that trailer trucks and cars had been abandoned in the middle of the waterlogged highway and also by the roadside.

“I followed other motorists to take a detour through a sandy area, and we had to drive against traffic to take the ramp back to Manama Street,” Chris said.

In Al Barsha, many roads remained flooded. Expat Media reader Marivic Mora said that floodwaters were still high in areas around Mall of Emirates and Lulu Hypermarket, with several cars submerged.

As of Thursday, the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) and the Dubai Municipality said they were working to clear all roads of debris and floods.

On April 16, the UAE witnessed “unprecedented weather”, with heavy rain lashing Dubai and other emirates. Authorities said the rainfall was the highest ever recorded in 75 years.

Road closures, traffic updates

As of Thursday morning, several roads in Dubai were still closed to traffic due to flooding or debris. Sheikh Zayed Road is open from the World Trade Center Roundabout to Intersection 9 heading towards Abu Dhabi but closed on Manara Road and between Al Fayah Road and Jebel Ali (both sides). Al Khail Road was closed and those taking the 311 highway were expected to face closures from Dubai South to Expo City Dubai, and from International City to Warqa 1.

The Jebel Ali-bound road by Global Village and Sharjah-bound road by Sports City were also affected. Emirates Road is clear from Sharjah, but flooded behind the Mudon area, one of the worst-hit by flooding.

The D54 road is blocked behind Global Village. Motorists were warned to avoid Discovery Gardens, which remained flooded. Airport Tunnel is open from Beirut Street but closed from Nad Al Hammar.

Jumeirah Beach Road, Al Was Road, Garn Al Sabkha Street and Sports City’s inner roads and clear. ICA/Expat Media

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