UAE residents can now monitor earthquakes or track cyclones

Ismail Sebugwaawo /Abu Dhabi Filed on June 2, 2021
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National Centre of Meteorology's website has been given a facelift to ensure ease of use and access to all information

UAE residents can now view satellite maps, monitor earthquakes and track tropical cyclones through the National Centre of Meteorology (NCM)’s website as part of their new electronic services.

The NCM announced that it has given a complete facelift to its website to ensure ease of use and access to all information related to the weather as well as its key activities and services.

In addition, several new services and features have been added to the website such as viewing satellite maps, viewing and tracking tropical cyclones, monitoring earthquakes and requesting weather information for companies and the public through the NCM website.

Omar Al Yazeedi, Director of Research, Development and Training at NCM revealed that for the first time in the world, specialists using the website will now be able to view radar information in high-quality 3D format, see how clouds are formed and observe them from different angles and sizes.

“The website also allows them to view cloud data horizontally and vertically to visualize its actual size that sometimes stretches to more than a hundred kilometres. This will enable specialists to estimate the amount of water carried by clouds at present and in some previous cases,” he added.

Developed as a joint research and development project with, the weather and radar data visualization tool provides global background maps in Arabic language allowing companies and organizations to include maps in their products and services.

Through the website, NCM has also launched a unique service to provide weather information in an innovative format on a global scale, allowing access to weather forecasts for the next ten days with the support of high-quality animation and the ability to choose multiple weather elements at different altitudes.

Using cutting-edge technologies, offers an overview of the global weather patterns, as well as accurate forecasts of temperature, humidity, precipitation, winds, atmospheric pressure and wave heights in any location across the globe.

The redesigned website also includes the updated version of Ghaith page that features important information to community members and meteorologists, offering them access to data from the five most important numerical forecast models on a local, regional, and global scale for comparison purposes. Furthermore, Gaith maps contain accurate data for many weather elements at different altitudes.

The new app provides weather forecasts for the world’s major cities

The NCM has also launched its new World Weather application, which provides users with hourly weather forecasts for major cities around the world over a period of 10 days and weather forecast for the UAE for the next four days.

Using NCM’s advanced technology infrastructure, the app can display observations from NCM’s weather stations for the past 24 hours and hourly weather forecasts for the next three days across the country. It also incorporates weather maps that display the latest warnings, radar images and the output of numerical prediction models.

Available on both iOS and Android devices, the app also allows users to check prayer times and Qibla direction from anywhere in the world.


Ismail Sebugwaawo

A professional journalist originating from Kampala, Uganda, Ismail is a happy father with strong attachment to family and great values for humanity. He has practiced journalism in UAE for the past 13 years, covering the country's parliament (FNC) and crimes, including Abu Dhabi Police, public prosecution and courts. He also reports about important issues in education, public health and the environment, with a keen interest in human interest stories. When out of reporting duties, he serves the Ugandan community in Abu Dhabi as he wants to see his countrymen happy. Exercising and reading are part of his free time.

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