The Dubai Police has urged motorists to be extremely cautious when driving on the roads due to foggy weather conditions.
The warning comes after the Police Command and Control Centre recorded 119 traffic accidents between 4am until 9am on Wednesday, and received more than 1892 emergency calls between 6am until 12pm.
Muhammad Jumaa Aman, acting director of the Command and Control centre at Dubai Police, said, “Motorists should always keep a safe distance between cars and adjust their speed to the weather conditions.”
He also cautioned motorists to use low-beam lights and indicate clearly when changing lanes.
“Allow extra time for your journey and check your planned route. It’s also advisable to wait for the fog to clear until visibility improves.”
The UAE’s National Centre of Meteorology and Seismology (NCMS) has warned of heavy fog this week in various parts of the country.
On Wednesday, Dubai Airports also warned of delays of up to an hour on arriving and departing flights due to fog.
Early this morning, NCMS confirmed that dense fog was persisting in some areas with visibility less than 500m.
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“The relative humidity is likely to increase during night and early morning over some internal and coastal areas, with a chance of fog/mist formation over scattered areas,” NCMS said in its daily bulletin.
It has also predicted that the foggy weather is likely to persist over the weekend.