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Why rain in Dubai is such a big problem

Why rain in Dubai is such a big problem



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When it rains in Dubai, it pours.

The city is more or less known for 356 days of sun, sea and sand. Book a holiday to the United Arab Emirates, and you are virtually guaranteed to have a great couple of days here weather wise. But what happens when it isn’t a nice day. What happens on a day like today? What happens when it rains in Dubai?

It’s a common joke here in the city that Dubai has two seasons. The hot season, and the very hot season. And that is somewhat true. From September to March the weather is generally very nice, and then after that during the summer it gets quite a bit hotter. But there’s a period of time – generally between those two periods, where the weather gets a bit… interesting.

That’s when Dubai gets wet, windy, and stormy. It’s also when you can expect sandstorms, or as they’re called here – shamals. For those of you watching this from places like Europe, the US or Asia – you’re probably thinking. “Hey, that’s just a bit of rain. What’s the fuss”. But for a desert city like this one, rain is actually a pretty big deal.

Why? Because Dubai as a city has been expanding exponentially over the last thirty years. What used to be a small, sleepy fishing village is now one of the largest economic hubs in the Middle East. Population has ramped up massively, and so then has construction. Infrastructure is now built all along the coast of the city, and now into the desert. But when you are building roads in a city that never rains, there’s one really easy concession to make – drains.

Yes, drains in Dubai are not really a thing. And unlike the roads in some places in Europe – where it can rain every other day – our roads really aren’t cut out for harsh weather. Not only that, but think about drivers here – who are unused to driving in the rain. When you’re not prepared for it, accidents can – and often do – occur.

Now, I know that whether or not it rains here in Dubai isn’t a thing most people think about. But residents do. And when I try to explain what happens when it rains here to people outside of the region, I liken it to when it snows in places that aren’t used to it snowing. London for example totally shuts down.

Fortunately for us, it doesn’t rain all that often here in Dubai. And while the odd shower – like the one today – is a tad unexpected. What I can tell you is in a day or two we’ll be back to glorious sunshine. And that will probably last for the next six months.

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33 Comments

  1. From the month of June, it Hellfire on Dessert in UAE now it raining period and the flood is engulfing everywhere. Is Allah not disgruntled with UAE.

  2. This is probably one of the most informative videos I've seen on YouTube, answers pretty much every single questions I've had about rain in Dubai.

  3. Queresos yo soy de buenaventura y nunca nos emos i undado y ustedes la ciudad más rica 😆🤣😂

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  6. As comparing to Dubai after seeing this video INDIA is always better than Dubai, Entire monsoon 4-5 Months INDIA getting whole range of rains ,If it was happened in Dubai ………..LOL

  7. 1:56 – it's India (Hariyana Highway)Took place due to extreme foggy weather.

  8. Glorious sunshine? Im pissed at the sun
    We should learn
    🎵🎶 sun sun go away
    Ur hot but not in a cute way
    Sun sun go away! 🎶🎵

  9. I saw this in Qatar as well as they never built a drain for it. If heavy downpour that why there is small Flood. As rain only last less 30 minutes on average

  10. The reason why when it rains in Dubai it pours is because it’s very rare for rain there

  11. I found out they use a plane to cause the rain Unbelievable

  12. why the downvotes? everything he said is true
    can Duabi peopel not take criticism?

  13. Yk my mom is like do hot go ouside tommorw bc in eng has a big storm in friday and thursday

  14. For those of us watching from Europe, US or asai? What about those watching from Africa? We don't matter?

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