Dubai Municipality team clears rainwater for smooth traffic flow
Ghaith Dubai leader says Dubai 24/7 and Najm Suhail apps used to track and reduce waterlogging as rains lash UAE emirate
The UAE recorded medium- to heavy-rain at the start of this week, and Dubai Municipality (DM) has rolled out plans to reduce instances of waterlogging and improve traffic flow on Dubai's roads.
In a statement released by the municipality, Eng Talib Julfar, chief executive officer of infrastructure services sector and team leader of Ghaith Dubai – the department tasked with clearing rainwater – said the unit had cleared water catchments across the emirate in record time.
Julfar said the team had been prepared since 12 April to deal with waterlogging issues in Dubai, adding: “We made sure that the working teams were ready at all locations and equipped with all necessary tools."
The teams’ use of Dubai 24/7 App also helped deal with waterlogging, he said, adding that his team also tracked the municipality's Najm Suhail App.
Dubai's popular neighbourhood of Palm Jumeirah recorded 25.6mm of rain earlier this week, accompanied by surface winds in some areas at a speed of 54km/h.
Julfar said Dubai is set to experience active wind and rising waves until Wednesday, 17 April, 2019.
Dubai's architecture, combined with the dramatic effect of rainfall, has made the city's skyline a key feature in local architectural photography this week.
Earlier this week, HH Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, shared a video of the moment that lightning hit the world's tallest building, Burj Khalifa. The video has since gone viral across social media.