Sandstorm may hit UAE’s Western Region today

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Sandstorm may hit UAE’s Western Region today

The NCMS has said winds and dust caused by the aftermath of a major sandstorm in Kuwait and Iraq, may be felt in the Western Region of the country today.

By Staff Report

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Published: Sat 26 Mar 2011, 10:09 AM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 10:25 AM

The sandstorm may hit the UAE today and the National Center for Meteorology and Seismology (NCMS) has warned residents to stay away from open spaces.

Winds speeds are expected to be high and visibility on the ground could be down to 1,000-2,000 metres, the NCMS said.

The storm is likely to affect Bahrain and Qatar as well.

The airport in Kuwait was shut down following the sandstorm last evening.

“In view of bad weather conditions, dense dusty storm, and strong winds blowing in the country, all incoming flights were transferred to nearby airports while all outgoing flights were halted until weather conditions improve,” said Isam Al Zamil, head of operations at the airport, who was quoted by Kuwait News Agency (KUNA).

Allergies to increase with changing weather

Doctors are urging UAE residents to use face masks to prevent allergies resulting from sandstorms and the expected weather changes in the coming days. Respiratory and skin allergies are likely to increase in the coming days as the mercury dips further and strong winds whip up fine sand particles, they say.

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