UAE rain: Unstable weather forecast to peak on May 2

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A Dubai Municipality employee assists a pedestrian in crossing the road on May 2, 2024.

UAE authorities issued an orange alert on Thursday (May 2) with unstable weather forecast to peak on May 2 and continue until May 3.

Strong winds and rain, accompanied by thunder and lightning lashed Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah and other emirates since midnight.

According to the National Centre of Meteorology, the rains are expected to be less severe than the record downpour that hit the UAE in mid-April. However, authorities are taking precautionary measures and have urged the public to stay home whenever possible.

The National Emergency, Crisis and Disaster Management Authority (NCEMA) called for remote work for government institutions and private companies. Following this, the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation urged private companies to allow their employees to work from home as a precaution. Schools have switched to remote learning, with Dubai and Sharjah announcing distance learning at all schools on May 2 and 3.

The Dubai Municipality announced that beaches, public parks and markets will remain closed on Thursday. Authorities also announced that all roads leading to valleys, flooded areas and dams will be closed. Police have advised residents to stay away from mountains, desert areas and the seas. ICA/Expat Media

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