The UAE experienced severe weather on Friday (March 8) night and Saturday (March 9), with heavy rain and thunderstorms hitting parts of the country.

Dubai faced transportation disruptions, with as many as 13 flights coming into the city diverted to nearby airports. In Abu Dhabi, lightning storms were observed overnight, accompanied by heavy rainfall.

Torrential rain was also reported in the south of the Emirate of Al Ain, leading to road closures and disruptions. Authorities across the UAE issued warnings urging people to stay indoors, avoid beaches, and drive cautiously.

The National Centre of Meteorology warned of continued unstable weather conditions, with heavy showers and thunderstorms forecast throughout the weekend.