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Warnings issued in the UAE as heavy rains lash Dubai

Mall of Emirates experienced a power cut

Warnings issued in the UAE as heavy rains lash Dubai
A major clean-up operation was launched in Dubai's Discovery Gardens as residents waded through waters flooding roads.

The UAE was beset by severe rain and high winds on Monday afternoon as extreme weather hit the country.

Local drivers braved hazardous road conditions as heavy rainfall led to deep pools of water collecting on roads throughout Dubai.

A major clean-up operation was launched in Dubai's Discovery Gardens as residents waded through waters flooding roads.

Royal flooding

Showing that even royals aren’t immune to bad weather, Dubai’s crown prince has tweeted about the treacherous conditions.

Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed posted a video of himself navigating his way through the rain while out driving.

His short video was viewed by more than 100,000 of his followers within 20 minutes of it being uploaded to his Instagram account.

Mall power outage

Shoppers at the Mall of Emirates experienced a power cut at the retail venue. 

Responding to queries on Twitter, the mall said, "Earlier today, Mall of the Emirates faced a temporary power outrage due to a technical issue. Standard procedures were followed to ensure everyone’s safety and the matter was resolved immediately. We apologise for any inconvenience caused to both our tenants and visitors."

The National Centre of Meteorology (NCM) issued notices of recorded rainfall in several areas across the UAE on Monday, including Al Ain, Al Barsha and Jebel Ali.

Police in Abu Dhabi sent out a safety warning to the public on Monday and urged drivers to be cautious behind the wheel amid the treacherous weather.

Northern storms

Meanwhile, torrential rain has lashed parts of the Northern Emirates for a fourth successive day. 

The extreme weather began on Friday, with northern parts most severely affected, and the National Centre for Meteorology (NCM) warned conditions could persist until 8pm on Monday.

More than 53 millimetres of water fell at Fujairah Port on Saturday, while at least 48mm was recorded at the airport. Gauges in Khor Fakkan, Masafi and Dhadnah also recorded double-digit rainfall.

Authorities urged people not to venture into wadis during times of heavy rain as flood-waters can rise in a matter of seconds.