Almost two months’ worth of rain fell in some parts of Dubai on Monday during torrential downpours that caused flash flooding and chaos across the city.
More than 17mm of rain fell in Jumeirah in a matter of hours, according to the National Centre for Meteorology, compared to the monthly average of 10mm which typically takes place across five rainy days.
Seih Al Selam, a large desert reserve 12 km southeast of the new Dubai World Central airport, experienced 15.8mm of rain during the deluge, while 12.2mm fell in the area around Burj Khalifa.
Almost 20mm of rain fell on Masafi, the village on the edge of the Hajar mountains that gives its same to the bottled water, but many other areas across the UAE got off lightly, such as Reem Island in Abu Dhabi, where 2.8mm of rain was recorded.
During the deluge, which primarily affected Dubai, Dubai Police responded to 150 road accidents and more than 2,500 emergency calls.
No serious injuries were reported but many roads were submerged after some of the worst storms in recent years brought parts of the country to a standstill.
Collisions between vehicles during a hectic morning on the roads were largely blamed on standing water, poor visibility and inexperienced motorists driving too fast in treacherous conditions.
Light rain could fall today, according to forecasters.