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Dubai launches new radar to detect rain from 200km away

Meteorological radar project is part of Dubai Municipality's early warning system for weather forecasting

Dubai launches new radar to detect rain from 200km away

Dubai Municipality has launched a new meteorological radar project which can detect rain drops in clouds from a distance of 200km.

According to state news agency WAM, Hussain Nasser Lootah, director-general of Dubai Municipality, inaugurated the project, which is part of an early warning system for weather forecasting.

The radar can also identify the types of thunderstorms and its time of occurrence and direction.

In many cases, they can give advance warnings to the public and those in charge about the path of a cyclone, a whirlwind, a severe storm, cloud direction, the place and intensity of downpour, WAM said.

Iman Al Khatibi, head of Geodetic and Marine Survey Department, Dubai Municipality, said: "The Meteorological Radar Project highlights the continuous development of the weather forecasting system of Najm Sohail, one of the best meteorological systems used for technology at the regional level.

"Through its development, Dubai Municipality strives to provide and maintain sustainability in public safety with the best services to the public and partners."

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