Video footage circulating on social media shows massive flooding at Dubai International Airport, which is the world’s busiest for international travel.

According to Sky News, arriving flights were temporarily diverted to other locations.

“More than 120mm (4.7 inches) of rain came down on Tuesday, which is the typical yearly average in the desert nation – with more expected in the coming hours,” Sky News wrote.


“We are temporarily diverting arriving flights this evening until the weather conditions improve. Departures will continue to operate. Together with our partners, we’re working to restore normal operations and minimise inconvenience to you,” DXB wrote.

Per Sky News:

Homes and roads were flooded and partially submerged cars were left abandoned.

The tarmac at Dubai International Airport was also flooded as planes made their way around what looked more like a lake.

Earlier, it was announced airport operations were suspended for 25 minutes due to the bad weather, with at least 21 outbound and 24 inbound flights cancelled during the day, and three flights diverted to other airports.

Despite the disruption, the airport said in its latest announcement that departure flights were continuing to operate.

The airport said that inbound flights would be diverted until weather conditions improve.

An airport spokesperson was quoted by Gulf News as saying the flights would go to the nearest “available airports”.

“The airport is working hard with its response teams and service partners to restore normal operations and minimise inconvenience to our customers,” said the spokesperson.

Passengers are being urged to check with their airline about the latest information on their flight status.

“Dubai airport looks like an apocalyptic movie. Videos of the flooding are insane. I’ve seen some blaming climate change when the cause is actually from the use of weather modification. Cloud seeding where chemicals are sprayed in clouds to create rain caused this. We recently banned this practice in my home state of Tennessee. Anytime you modify the weather you open yourself up to unintended consequences,” Robby Starbuck commented.

Per Bloomberg:

Torrential rains across the United Arab Emirates prompted flight cancellations, forced schools to shut and brought traffic to a standstill.

The heavy rains that caused widespread flooding across the desert nation stemmed partly from cloud seeding. The UAE started cloud seeding operations in 2002 to address water security issues, even though the lack of drainage in many areas can trigger flooding.

“The UAE government has invested more than $20 million in research to start a process called cloud seeding – artificially creating rainfall. We met with a cloud seeding expert to explain how the seeding process works,” CNBC International reported in January.


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