These shocking photos of rain are from the desert: inside UAE's freak storm
Parts of United Arab Emirates saw heavy rainfall on Wednesday, disrupting flights, flooding roads and forcing authorities to close schools.
The rains were accompanied with thunderstorm, lightning and a drop in temperature. The streets and lower areas were clogged with water.
In Abu Dhabi, heavy rain forced the Capital's stock market to halt trading and close for the day.
School were asked to remain shut.
Abu Dhabi International Airport announced the flight suspension on Wednesday on Twitter "due to severe weather conditions".
Authorities said they were working to clear blocked roads, but advised local residents to stay indoors.
"We are working with the police, civil defence, transport departments and other entities to clear blocked streets and remove water from bridges and tunnels," Aweida al-Marar, from the Department of Municipal Affairs and Transport told Gulf News.
"So far, property damage has been reported but no casualties and we are happy to note this."
In neighbouring Oman, however, three died due to stormy weather conditions.
Text by Priyata Brajabasi
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