Dense fog in Dubai causes airport delays, traffic

Dubai Police urges drivers to be cautious, Emirates airline advises customers to check flight status in advance
Dense fog in Dubai causes airport delays, traffic
By Parag Deulgaonkar
Mon 05 Dec 2016 09:19 AM

Dense fog covered most of the UAE on Monday, disrupting operations at Dubai International Airport (DXB) and causing traffic congestion on roads.

The National Centre of Meteorology & Seismology (NCMS) on Sunday predicted dense fog would cover most of the country on Monday.

Flights at DXB have been delayed by almost one hour due to heavy fog, Dubai Airports announced in a tweet.

“Heavy fog is disrupting operations this morning at DXB resulting in delays of up to one hour on arriving and departing flights. We are working with our partners to minimise passenger inconvenience,” the airport said.

In a statement to Arabian Business, Emirates airline added: “Severe fog in Dubai on Monday has caused the delay of some flights arriving at and departing from Dubai International Airport.

“We apologise for the inconvenience caused. The safety of our passengers and crew is of utmost importance and will not be compromised.”

The airline urged customers to check their flight status on its website.

Meanwhile, Dubai Police advised drivers to be careful when driving in foggy conditions.

“Reduce speed gradually and do not use hazard lights except in emergency. Leave enough distance between vehicles ahead and do not overtake the front vehicles. Use low beam lights and use indicators when changing lanes,” Dubai Police tweeted.

In an update, the NCMS said dense fog has engulfed most external roads in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, Dubai and Abu Dhabi’s western regions.

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