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Traffic chaos, floods in UAE during rush hours

One accident, ongoing roadworks hamper early morning commute of residents in Dubai

  • Traffic crawls to a halt on the Shaikh Zayed Road first interchange in Dubai.Image Credit: Cleofe Maceda, Senior Web Reporter
  • Abu Dhabi-bound traffic on the first interchange crawls to a halt.Image Credit: Cleofe Maceda/ Gulf News
  • Dubai trafficImage Credit: Atiq-Ur-Rehman/Gulf News

Dubai: Heavy traffic hampered Dubai residents on rainy Sunday, with at least one accident and a number of ongoing roadworks blocking major thoroughfares.

Here are our tips on driving safe in rainy weather

And as heavy rains lashed many parts of the UAE, motorists have been advised to drive safely, and avoid exceeding the speed limit and overtaking other road users. 

As of 12 noon, residents encountered delays on Financial St., near Dubai Mall and long queues were experienced on the first interchange towards the direction of Al Wasl. Abu Dhabi-bound traffic on Shaikh Zayed Road was also slow moving.

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At least one accident caused gridlock on Al Khail road at 8.06am, just before Latifa Bint Hamdan bridge, towards the direction of Al Maydan bridge, according to Dubai Police.

Long tailbacks were also reported on a number of major highways around Dubai and residents heading back to work would do well to take alternative routes. In the neighbouring emirates, including Fujairah, motorists had to wade through flooded streets as rains hit some parts of the country.

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In Dubai, delays bogged down the commute on Ras Al Khor Road, Shaikh Zayed Road, Al Wasl Road, Al Ghubaiba Road, Baniyas Road, Al Musalla Road and in areas around Zabeel Park, Business Bay and Downtown Dubai as of 8.50am.

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Sharjah commuters heading to Dubai were likewise caught in a serious gridlock on the Dubai-Sharjah Road, spanning 2.62 kilometres on the stretch between Al Taawun  in Sharjah to Hor Al Anz in Dubai, as of 9.15am.

And as rains started to fall in Dubai by 11:30am, traffic in various parts of the city again crawled to a halt.

As of 12 noon, residents encountered delays on Financial St., near Dubai Mall and long queues were experienced on the first interchange towards the direction of Al Wasl. Abu Dhabi-bound traffic on Shaikh Zayed Road was also slow moving.

The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has issued an advisory asking residents to be careful when driving on wet roads.

“When it rains, please drive patiently, avoid speeding and overtaking other vehicles. Your safety is our priority,” RTA Dubai said on Twitter.

 

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