Published on Wednesday, March 9, 2016
Abu Dhabi airport has suspended all flights and travel warnings have been issued by police across the United Arab Emirates due to severe weather.
Emirates has announced flights might be delayed due to conditions in Dubai and travellers are advised to check the status of their flights.
Buildings have also been damaged by strong winds and heavy rain that has battered the desert states.
In a statement on its website, Abu Dhabi International Airport said: "Due to severe weather conditions, flights at Abu Dhabi International Airport are suspended until further notice, for the safety of our passengers and in line with civil aviation regulations."
Etihad said 10 flights scheduled to depart from Abu Dhabi had been delayed and a further seven incoming flights had been diverted to Al Ain airport, three to Dubai and one to Muscat.
Emirates said it had cancelled 10 flights to and from Dubai International Airport and some other services have been delayed.
Passengers on cancelled flights have been rebooked onto the next available services, it said.
The Ministry of Interior urged motorists to drive with caution as heavy rains are reducing visibility and strong winds are causing debris to land on and obstruct roads.
Police are warning motorists of the dangers of sudden sliding on wet roads.
Some roads and bridges have diversions in place due to rising water levels, which has led to congestion in some areas.
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