Dubai: Internet traffic in the UAE is likely to be disrupted this weekend due to damage to a key submarine cable in the Mediterranean Sea, etisalat said in a statement.

Repairs are being undertaken by the owner of the cable, the Sea-ME-We 4, other partners and concerned operators.

Traffic is being re-routed to ensure the earliest restoration of the cable.

"Etisalat has prioritised internet traffic and essential services, important to customers, to ensure that they continue to operate with minimal or no impact. For the business segment and service users, etisalat has already undertaken immediate corrective steps to minimise the impact."

Telecom operator du said there has been no impact on [its] internet and international voice services. Traffic was moved to alternative international routes, it said.