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Dubai reports 160 rain-related accidents

Dubai Police’s command and control centre receives a total of 1,423 phone calls between 8am and midday

Dubai reports 160 rain-related accidents
(Image: Twitter/Chetan Anand Koka‏)

Dubai Police said there were 160 road traffic accidents in the emirate due to the inclement weather conditions this morning.

Overnight rain, which continued on in to the morning, led to treacherous driving conditions across the UAE.

Dubai Police said its command and control centre received a total of 1,423 phone calls between 8am and 12pm as a result of wet weather.

Lt. Col. Ahmad Ateeq Bourguiba, deputy director of Dubai Police's Search and Rescue Department urged drivers to take necessary care and caution while driving in wet weather and leave enough distance between cars to prevent collisions.

Maj. Ali Abdullah Al-Qusayb al-Naqbi, the general rescue officer, said two trucks collided on the Emirates Road in Dubai, this morning, leaving one driver with moderate injuries. He was taken to hospital. He said rescue teams dealt with the incident quickly and worked with cranes to remove the large vehicle from the road and he return of traffic to normal.

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Jax 3 years ago

With all due respect, the 160 accidents were not caused by the rain - they were caused by bad drivers who have no idea how to drive in wet conditions - many think that keeping the pedal to the metal and putting the hazard lights on constitutes careful driving - tailgating, taking exits at the last minute from the outside lane, queue barging, or weaving across all the lanes to get ahead of the crowd (using no indicators) are all considered acceptable driving habits, no matter what the weather is doing.