Dubai rain aftermath: Hundreds stranded at Dubai airport

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A composite photo of scenes at Dubai International Airport on April 17, 2024. EXPAT MEDIA

Hundreds of passengers were stranded at the Dubai International Airport on Wednesday (April 17) as check-in for all flights were suspended following unprecedented rain in Dubai and the rest of the UAE.

A Dubai airport employee told Expat Media that hundreds of passengers were stuck at the airport as of 6:20pm. Airport authority Dubai Airports issued an advisory saying that “check-in for all flights is suspended until further notice”.

Earlier on Wednesday, Dubai Airports advised travelers: “We advise you NOT to come to the airport, unless absolutely necessary. Flights continue to be delayed and diverted. Please check your flight status directly with your airline. ”

Dubai Airports said it was working to restore regular services amid several operational challenges, including flooding of tarmacs and road blockages.

“Flooding and road blockages have left limited transport options for arriving and departing guests. Flights are delayed or diverted and impacted by displaced crew. Recovery will take some time,” according to Dubai Airports.

Dubai’s flag carrier Emirates suspended check-in for passengers departing from Dubai on Wednesday. Emirates said the suspension is effective until midnight of April 18.

FlyDubai has temporarily suspended all its flights departing from Dubai until Wednesday morning.

Budget airline Air Arabia cancelled its flights and advised passengers to contact its call centre to reschedule their trip. It also announced that flight check-in to and from Sharjah Airpot was suspended until 2am on April 18. ICA/Expat Media

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