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Storms halt flights and close schools across United Arab Emirates

Published 09/03/2016

A delivery man rides his bike during heavy rain in Dubai (AP)
A delivery man rides his bike during heavy rain in Dubai (AP)

A thunderstorm has brought heavy rain to parts of the United Arab Emirates, disrupting flights, flooding roads and forcing authorities to close schools the next day in the desert nation.

Water poured through ceilings and whipped through streets in Dubai, the UAE's commercial capital.

In Abu Dhabi, the hard rains forced the capital's stock market to halt trading and close for the day.

All schools across the seven-emirate federation will be closed on Thursday, according to the state-owned The National newspaper of Abu Dhabi.

The rain temporarily halted flights at Abu Dhabi International Airport, the home of Etihad. The rain also delayed some flights at Dubai International Airport, the home of long-haul carrier Emirates.

The United Arab Emirates' National Centre for Meteorology and Seismology had warned that heavy rains were possible. It said the unstable weather was likely to continue into Thursday.

The Times of Oman reported that three people have died since Sunday across the country due to rain and lightning.

The education ministry also ordered schools across most of the country closed on Thursday.

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