By Gavin Gibbon
Region is bracing itself for heavy rain, strong winds and thunder storms
All schools in the UAE will be closed today (Wednesday) due to the inclement weather conditions expected across the country.
According to a tweet from the UAE Ministry of Education, the decision has been taken on safety grounds following the forecast of heavy rain, strong winds and thunder and lightning across the country.
تنويه:حرصا من وزارة التربية والتعليم على سلامة الطلبة، ونظرا لتقلبات الطقس والأحوال الجوية السائدة.. فقد تقرر تعطيل جميع المدارس في دبي والإمارات الشمالية يوم غد الأربعاء. pic.twitter.com/TlRrWCyPL1— وزارة التربية (@MOEducationUAE) November 19, 2019
Taaleem, which operated 11 schools in the UAE, tweeted: “The welfare of our staff and students has and always be at the heart of every decision Taaleem makes. Therefore due to the severe adverse weather conditions reported we have taken the decision to close all our schools tomorrow.”
According to the National Centre of Meteorology (NCM), rains of “different intensities” are predicted to hit the region from Wednesday through to Friday.
The NCM said that temperatures would fall on Wednesday and Thursday across the country and poor visibility would be caused by sand blown up by strong winds.
The centre also warned of "rough to very rough seas" until Thursday. Wind speeds are expected to hit 70km/h tomorrow (Wednesday).
Meanwhile the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority has urged residents to follow instructions from the authorities concerned during the unstable weather "in order to preserve lives and properties".
Due to unstable weather conditions, all schools in Abu Dhabi City will be closed on Wednesday, 20 November for students’ safety pic.twitter.com/hA2ERUvIcl— Abu Dhabi Government Media Office (@admediaoffice) November 19, 2019