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Monster Sandstorm Plagues UAE, Gulf Region

Posted by feww on April 2, 2015

Massive sandstorm disruption air traffic throughout Gulf region

Large, blinding plumes of orange haze blanketing Saudi Arabia on Wednesday moved east severely reducing visibility and forcing authorities to cancel flights in Dubai, Abu Dhabi,  Bahrain and Qatar, according to local reports.

“According to followed procedures, domestic and international flights at both King Abdullah Airports of Jazan, Abha, Wadi Aldwasir, Bisha, Sharourah and Najran, have been suspended temporarily starting from Thursday morning until further notice,” the official Saudi Press Agency, SPA, quoted the authorities as saying.

“Normal operations have been disrupted at Dubai International [world’s busiest in 2014 with nearly 71 million passengers] and Al Maktoum International due to bad weather across the GCC,” Dubai Airports said on its website.

Warning motorist about the poor visibility, the UAE National Center for Meteorology and Seismology (NCMS) said, “brisk and strong winds are aggravating the effect of sand and dust, causing a near complete lack of vision in daylight.”

Authorities in Qatar and Saudi Arabia ordered schools to close, citing “extreme weather conditions.”

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