Watch: Dubai Floods Gushing Every Year As Storm Dumps 1.5 Years of Rain 

Recently, parts of the UAE and Dubai experienced heavy thunderstorms, damaging many parts of the desert city-state. The nation’s roadways, the city’s driverless metro rail system, and the airports experienced major flooding, reported The Guardian.

As per various news agencies, Dubai received a year and a half’s worth of rain in a single storm that occurred on Tuesday. 

Dubai experienced the most rainfall, only less than Fujairah. The UAE’s eastern coast experienced rainfall of 145 millimeters, being the heaviest rainfall on Tuesday. 

The UAE’s northernmost emirate, Ras al-Khaimah, reported one casualty. Police reported that a 70-year-old man passed away as floodwater swept his vehicle.

This incident is the largest rainfall event that the UAE experienced in 75 years. People inside the Mall of the Emirates were amazed to witness parts of the ceiling coming down and water gushing down from the ceiling. 

As per CNN, the Deira City Centre and the Sharjah City Centre also got damage due to continuous rain. 

Record Breaking Rainfall For The UAE

People at the airport on arrival faced problems due to floodwater covering the entire area. Deeper-than-expected water also covered huge parts of roads.

Tanker trucks were sent by the authorities onto the highways and the streets so that excess water can be pumped. Water gushed into a few homes as well. 

Within a period of 24 hours, Dubai experienced more than 142 millimeters of rainfall. According to data from the Dubai International Airport, on average, UAE gets 94.7 millimeters of rainfall. 

Due to the UAE’s presence in the Arabian Peninsula, it does not receive much rain. The arid nation experiences hardly rain during the cold winter months. 

Many roads in the UAE lack adequate drainage systems as the entire nation doesn’t get much rain throughout the year. Thus, the issue of flooding occurred.

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