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Heavy fog creates traffic jams, pile-ups in Dubai

Weathermen, police advise motorists to take caution while driving as visibility reduced below 50m

  • Fog shrouds Dubai's high-rises on both sides of Shaikh Zayed Road on Thursday morning. Image Credit: Gulf News
  • The morning sun reflected on the skin of Burj Khalifa in fog.Image Credit: Gulf News
  • Heavy fog significantly reduced visibility in certain areas of Dubai Thursday.Image Credit: Gulf News
  • A screengrab of a Live Flight page showing delays of inbound flights at Abu Dhabi International Airport on ThuImage Credit: Screengrab
  • Foggy Dubai morning.Image Credit: Gulf News

Dubai:  Motorists were faced with heavy fog and backlogged traffic on Thursday morning due to heavy mist that reduced visibility to less than 50 meters in most areas and roads in the UAE.

The fog was also responsible for causing multiple accidents on Al Khail Road and Airport Road, as well as along Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Road in Dubai near Al Khawaneej and Arabian Ranches.

The National Centre for Meteorology and Seismology (NCMS) reported heavy fogging at around 5am over Abu Dhabi International Airport, Khalifa City and adjoining areas, Dubai International Airport, Al Maktoum International Airport and mist over Sharjah International Airport.

Live Flights, a flight tracking site, reported that more than 100 inbound flights were delayed at both Dubai and Abu Dhabi International aports.

Police and the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) also urged motorists to take extra care on roads as the fog affected the major arteries that connect the country, especially the Abu Dhabi-Dubai, Abu Dhabi-Al Ain, Abu Dhabi-Ghweifat highways.


Relative humidity is expected to increase during the night and early on Friday morning, especial over internal area.

Weathermen also warned of rough seas wind of up to 40km/hr kick up waves up 7-foot-high waves offshore.

“The sea is rough to very rough in the Arabian Gulf, slight to moderate becoming rough by evening in Oman Sea,” said NCMS in a tweet.

According to flight-tracking site Live Traffic Site, dozens of passengers experienced delays of all in-bound and out-bound flights from 3-6am in the UAE.