203 rain accidents in Dubai alone; 7,175 calls for help

By Sheena Amos

DUBAI 16 April 2019: Exactly 203 traffic accidents were reported across Dubai from Saturday 6:00 a.m. till Sunday 7:00 a.m. due to unstable weather conditions.

Colonel Muhammad Abdullah Al Muhairi, Acting Chief of Command & Control Centre, said the centre received more than 5,781 emergency calls in the same period.

Sharjah Police Central Operations Room received 1,394 telephone calls.

Last Friday, Dubai Police officials urged motorists to keep a safe distance between cars and adjust their speed to the weather conditions.

“Allow extra time for your journey and check your planned route. It’s also advisable to slow down as rain makes roads slippery,” said Deputy Director of Dubai Traffic Police, Colonel Jumaa bin Suwaidan.

Col bin Suwaidan said accidents during bad weather conditions because of low visibility tend to be more severe, pointing out that Dubai Police did not record any serious accidents or injuries. “People should follow safety instructions and regulation to avoid any accidents,” he said.


• Motorists are urged to be cautious when driving in rainy conditions
• Dubai Police stepped up the level of readiness to deal with any incidents in the mountainous areas and places of flash floods
• Residents are advised to stay away from places of water pools and valleys when weather is unstable


It’s worth noting that Dubai Police have stepped up the level of readiness to deal with any incidents in the mountainous areas and places of flash flood and neighboring areas. The force has also stepped up the level of readiness in the desert areas, which have been recently popular among members of the public due to change in temperatures.

The Dubai Police has increased the number of patrols in mountainous areas to be always ready to deal with emergencies 24 hours a day.

Residents are advised to stay away from places of water pools and valleys when the weather is unstable.

Motorists are also urged not to use their vehicles across desert areas, especially after the rains, because of the great danger to their lives.

Al Muhairi called on drivers and road users to take care, caution and pay attention when weather changes, check light signals work before driving the vehicle, leave enough distance between their vehicles and vehicles in front, and ease the speed.

He stressed the importance of using all vehicles lights in early morning hours, and ascertaining the weather situation, through various media to avoid dangerous traffic accidents.

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