A sandstorm that started on Wednesday night from Saudi Arabia raged across all areas in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar and the UAE and covered the entire region in a haze. Visibility in some areas, especially in the Western parts of the UAE, was down to as little as 50 metres. The storm blew from Abu Dhabi to Dubai to Sharjah and RAK. All parts of the nation were affected, although to varying degrees.
According to Ahmed Habib, meteorology specialist at National Centre of Meteorology and Seismology (NCMS), the sandstorm originated from the north of Saudi Arabia and blew across to the UAE. The low pressure combined with strong wind speeds caused maximum day temperatures to drop by 10 degrees.
From 43 degrees on Wednesday, the temperature fell to about 33-34 degrees on Thursday. Declining comment on whether this was one of the more severe storms in recent years, the Met department said only that it was a “strong storm”, but wouldn’t say whether it was any stronger than the routine ones… see more