Dubai rain: Flooded streets in International City leave commuters stranded

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Flooded streets in International City, Dubai on April 16, 2024.

Many parts International City in Dubai were left flooded on Tuesday (April 16) as continuous rain hit the emirate and other parts of the UAE.

A resident told Expat Media that dozens of commuters headed to International City were stranded at Al Rashidiya Metro Station because no public buses could ply the waterlogged roads to the community.

“We were told that buses couldn’t get into International City, and buses in that area were also stuck because of flooded roads,” Marjory (full name withheld) told Expat Media. “Dubai Metro services are ongoing, so I have decided to just take the Metro to Deira instead,” she added.

Another International City resident said that she booked a taxi ride through Careem to take her to a building across Dragon Mart, but that the taxi driver eventually had to cancel the ride.

“He sent me photos of the flooded roads. He did try to reach me as I was stranded in one area, but eventually he couldn’t risk driving through the flood. He eventually asked me to cancel the ride,” Justine (full name withheld) told Expat Media.

Most roads in China cluster, Morocco cluster and other clusters in International City were waterlogged. An Expat Media reporter said some residents resorted to walking to get to their destination within the area.

In Business Bay, roads were also flooded and some pedestrians could be seen wading through knee-deep floodwater in some areas. Parts of Sheikh Zayed Road was also submerged in floodwater. Watch it here

According to the National Centre of Meteorology, unsettled weather conditions are expected to continue until Wednesday (April 17).

Rain with lightning and thunder was reported overnight in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and the northern emirates. In parts of Al Ain, hail bringing huge hailstones was reported. ICA/Expat Media

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