UAE traffic: Ramadan starts with delays due to accidents, floods and hail

Commuters faced some tricky trips in and around the capital

Dubai, U.A.E., March 25, 2017. Pedestrians cross the street during Dubai rainy weather.
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Accidents, unidentified objects, a flood and even hail were significantly slowing traffic across the UAE this morning.

Drivers reported objects and hail, which caused the Abu Dhabi/Al Ain road to flood near the ADNOC Vehicle Inspection Centre in Mohammed Bin Zayed City. Cars were crawling for a significant stretch of the road in the direction of Abu Dhabi, right up to Abu Dhabi University, and then again near Sas Al Nakhl Village up to Al Maqta Bridge.

There were long tailbacks in Khalifa City A on the Abu Dhabi-Sweihan Road near Zayed University, and further up a car stopped, creating further delays.

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And traffic was slower on Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Street, from Khalifa Park until past the Eastern Mangroves Hotel.


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In Dubai, traffic was quieter, but there were still a number of tailbacks – including on Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road near Dubai Investment Park and on Al Yalayis Street, where a car was reported to have stopped in the Jebel Ali area.

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Traffic was also slower on Hessa Street in the Al Barsha area, as well as Abdullah Omran Taryam Street and Al Falak Street, both in Internet City.

There were also tailbacks on Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Street near Za’abeel Park North and traffic was very heavy on Al Ittihad Street in the Al Nahda 1 area and leading into Sharjah, where it was generally very congested.

Traffic was slow in Sharjah in all the usual places, including stretches of Al Khan Street, First Industrial Street, Amman Street, the S102, Al Wahda Street, Al Entafadah Street, Beirut Street all the way to Dubai, Third Industrial Street, and Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Road, all the way into Dubai.