By Bernd Debusmann Jr
Dubai Airports said that it expected disruption to arrivals and departures throughout the afternoon
Heavy rain across Dubai on Sunday led to Dubai Mall being flooded and store employees reporting temporary closures.
Videos and images being widely distributed on social media show people wading through stores on the mall’s ground floor, in the Fashion Avenue area of the mall.
When contacted by Arabian Business, one store employee reported that the store was shut and would be unlikely to re-open until the following day.
In one of the videos, an employee of one of the retail outlets can be seen moving a clothing rack away from the water.
A number of other stores located in the immediate vicinity were not answering their phones at the time of writing.
A separate video being widely shared on Twitter shows a torrent of water falling from the ceiling in what appears to be a car park area.
In a statement posted to the official Twitter account of the Dubai Media Office, an Emaar spokesperson said that “Dubai Mall was affected by the heavy rainfall, causing leakages in limited areas.”
“We are working to contain all leakages and the mall remains operational and open to the public. Mall staff are on the ground, ensuring the visitor experience remains unaffected,” the statement added.
Emaar spokesperson: Dubai Mall was affected by the heavy rainfall, causing leakages in limited areas. We are working to contain all leakages and the mall remains operational and open to the public. Mall staff are on the ground, ensuring the visitor experience remains unaffected. pic.twitter.com/PJDFNIADFt— Dubai Media Office (@DXBMediaOffice) November 10, 2019
On Twitter, many residents and visitors expressed disbelief at the flooding.
“Bring your flippers to Dubai Mall if you’re planning on doing any shopping,” one user wrote. “Oh yes, and an umbrella. Bring an umbrella!”
The heavy rains and thunder across Dubai on Monday also led to severe traffic, particularly on roads between Dubai and Sharjah.
Additionally, in a statement, Dubai Airports said that it expected disruption to arrivals and departures throughout the afternoon.
“We urge customers to check Dubai Airports website or their airline’s website,” the statement said. “We are working with our partners to normalise operations and minimise inconvenience.”For all the latest retail news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.