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In pictures: Flooded roads, traffic jams and UAE heroes amid heavy rain – News

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Published: Friday, November 17, 2023, 09:48

Last update: Friday, November 17, 2023, 12:34

It’s business as usual for many motorists and residents in the UAE on Friday despite the downpour that hit the country overnight into the morning.

The government on Thursday advised private companies to implement flexible working patterns and ensure employee safety as unsettled weather conditions were expected to continue.

Those who had to go out encountered traffic jams, while pedestrians, with and without umbrellas, walked and crossed rain-soaked streets. In the midst of all this, the workers and cleaning staff put on their boots and fulfilled the call of duty.

This is how the morning went for the residents of Dubai and Sharjah:

This cleaner from Al Quoz, Dubai, donned a waterproof suit while doing his job despite the heavy downpour:

Photo by Sahim Salim

Photo by Sahim Salim

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These Sharjah residents rolled up their pants sleeves and walked through flooded roads, with or without umbrellas.

Do you need a taxi? This Dubai taxi didn’t mind the rainwater on the streets to serve the residents of Discovery Gardens.

Dubai Municipality wasted no time in draining puddles of water on the emirate’s roads. Here is a worker operating a mobile machine:

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At Healthcare City, a tandem of cleaners worked to unclog the drain:

Photo by Meher Dhanjal

Photo by Meher Dhanjal

On days like this, motorists should prepare for the unexpected: a car broke down on a roundabout in Dubai’s Jebel Ali, but was quickly towed away.

Even when the sky cleared around 10 a.m., some motorists have to deal with traffic jams on the roads. This is the situation in Al Quoz:

Photo by Rahul Gajjar

Photo by Rahul Gajjar

A GPS map of Dubai shows traffic jams, marked in red, on several roads:

From a sedan to an SUV, cars were seen splashing on a flooded road in Dubai Investments Parks.

Traffic came to a standstill on some roads in Sharjah.

Local government entities and crisis management teams are fully prepared for these conditions, with special teams assigned to handle any incidents during severe weather. Roads are expected to be cleared soon as authorities vow to restore smooth traffic flow and keep residents safe.



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