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Video, pictures: Rains lash out across the UAE

Video, pictures: Rains lash out across the UAE

Schools were shut and airport operations affected by bad weather on Wednesday

Heavy rains and thunderstorms battered the United Arab Emirates on Wednesday, causing schools in the country to shut down and disrupting flights in Abu Dhabi and Dubai.

The Abu Dhabi International Airport briefly suspended flights while Dubai carrier Emirates also warned of possible delays.

All schools in Abu Dhabi and some in Dubai were shut for the day. Schools across the country will also remain closed on Thursday, officials have confirmed.

The Abu Dhabi bourse also reportedly suspended trade on Wednesday while the Abu Dhabi Air Expo was closed after damage was reported at the exhibition site, in Al Bateen Executive Airport.

Several areas experienced waterlogging while building damage was also reported in certain localities.

Outdoor venues such as Dubai’s Global Village and public parks in Sharjah will also remain shut on Wednesday.

The National Centre of Meteorology and Seismology has warned that bad weather is also expected on Thursday.

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