Dubai Police received on average of seven emergency phone calls every minute as heavy rain caused havoc on the emirate's roads on Sunday.
In a media briefing, Lt Colonel Khazraj Majid Mohammad Al Khazraji, deputy director of the Command and Control Centre at Dubai Police, said there were 2,503 phone calls between 6am and 12pm on Sunday as the heavy rain, coming after a sustained dry period, led to slippery conditions for motorists.
A total of 515 accidents were reported on Dubai roads during the same six-hour period, with minor to medium accidents reported, and no fatalities.
Lt Col Al Khazraji warned that stricter rules should be followed during rain and fog or windy weather conditions as they can lead to reduced visibility.
He called on all motorists to ensure the cleanliness of their vehicle's front windshield and other windows and of signal lights, before starting to drive to work.
Al Khazraji said motorists should allow for extra distance from cars ahead and to drive at a reduced speed. He said drivers should only change lane when necessary.
He said drivers should only use emergency (or hazard) lights in a case of an emergency stop.
“Using emergency lights during normal driving deprive the motorist from using the signal and from using them effectively in a real emergency,” he said.
Cloudy weather and fresh winds are expected over the next few days, with a slight drop in temperature.
According to the National Centre for Meteorology & Seismology (NCMS), the rain is expected to continue in some parts of the UAE tomorrow. Winds may cause rising dust in areas of the UAE, the NCMS added.
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