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Epic rainstorm swamped the United Arab Emirates, Dubai International resumes flights

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Dubai International Airport struggled to clear a backlog of flights and many roads were still flooded in the aftermath of Tuesday’s deluge.

A record-breaking storm this week brought much of UAE to a standstill. The country  saw record rainfall with 254 mm (10 inches) falling in less than 24 hours in Al Ain, a city on the UAE-Oman border, according to the national meteorology centre. That was the most since records began in 1949, before the UAE was formed in 1971.

The rains were the heaviest experienced by the Gulf state in the 75 years that records have been kept. They brought much of the country to a standstill and caused significant damage.

Check-in at Dubai International (DXB) has reopened for Emirates and flydubai flights operating out of Terminal 3, following the unprecedented weather experienced in the UAE. There is currently a high volume of guests in Terminal 3 check-in area. Passengers should only come to Terminal 3 if they have a confirmation from their airline regarding their flight departure. Passengers are urged to contact their airline for the latest information on flight status.

Also, the airport has resumed in-bound flights of international airlines operating out of Terminal 1 DXB. Flights continue to be delayed and disrupted following the recent unprecedented weather in the UAE. Passengers due to depart from DXB Terminal 1 should only come to the Terminal if they have received a confirmation from their airline regarding their flight departure.

The airport struggled to get food to stranded passengers with nearby roads blocked by flood waters, and because overcrowding limited access to those who had confirmed bookings.

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