Dubai: Abu Dhabi International is resuming flights after earlier suspended services on Wednesday due to severe weather conditions.

Rain has hit lashed parts of the United Arab Emirates, including Abu Dhabi and Dubai, forcing flight delays across the country.

“Abu Dhabi International Airport announces resuming flight operations as normal. Passengers are advised to contact their respective airlines for an update on their flight schedule prior to heading to the airport,” operator Abu Dhabi Airports said in an emailed statement.

Abu Dhabi International is the second busiest airport in the country having handled 23.3 million passengers in 2015. It is the base airport for Etihad Airwayus.

Earlier, flights were forced to divert to neighbouring airports including in Dubai and to Al Ain International, an airport on the Abu Dhabi and Omani border, according the airports website.

The heavy rain also forced the closure of the second day of Abu Dhabi Air Expo, a business jet air show that started on Tuesday.

Dubai International,  the world’s busiest airport for international passengers and Emirates hub, has remained open throughout the deluge, however, some flights have been delayed by up to two hours, according to operator Dubai Airports website.

“Operations at Dubai International and Dubai World Central have largely remained unaffected due to the current weather conditions in the UAE with only minor delays for departure flights,” a Dubai Airports spokesperson said by email.

Air Arabia, who flies from Sharjah and Ras Khaimah, said its flights have also been delayed by the weather.