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Dubai flood: Luxury malls flooded, water enters Chanel, Fendi stores as rain batters city. Videos

Apr 17, 2024 12:02 PM IST

Dubai floods: The city was paralysed by the unprecedented rain that caused floods across the UAE and Bahrain, and left 18 dead in Oman.

Dubai was battered by an usually heavy rain on Tuesday, bringing the glitzy city to a standstill. The desert city received over a year and a half's worth of rain in just a day even as heavy thunderstorms lashed other parts of the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Dubai floods: Popular malls in the UAE city were inundated due to the heavy rain. (X)
Dubai floods: Popular malls in the UAE city were inundated due to the heavy rain. (X)

Popular shopping centres Dubai Mall and Mall of the Emirates both faced flooding and water was ankle-deep in at least one Dubai Metro station, according to photos and videos posted on social media.

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One of the viral videos showed workers removing water from the Chanel and Fendi luxury stores inside a mall. Another video showed water crashing into the showroom of Danish variety store chain Flying Tiger.

Watch the video of a flooded Dubai malls here:

With the runway at the Dubai international airport - one of the world's busiest air hubs - flooded, numerous flights were diverted on Tuesday. The airport even halted its operations for a short period of time in the evening.

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Schools in the UAE are closed on Tuesday and Wednesday due to the adverse weather. The Dubai government has also asked its employees to work from home on Wednesday.

Another viral video showed a flooded metro station in the city.

Residents of Dubai flooded social media with videos and pictures of the deluge. A long traffic jam was seen on the flagship Sheikh Zayed Road that connects Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

Dubai received 5.59 inches of rainfall on Tuesday, more than the city's annual average rainfall of 3.73 inches.

The storms and torrential rain hit the UAE, Bahrain and parts of Qatar after hitting Oman, where they caused deadly floods and left dozens stranded.

In Oman that neighbours the UAE, 18 people were killed due to heavy rain.

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