Dubai sandstorm warning for Easter weekend travellers

Mideast Emirates Gulf Sandstorm
Mideast Emirates Gulf Sandstorm




British travellers heading to Dubai for the Easter bank holiday weekend are being warned that flights could be affected by a huge sandstorm.

The massive sandstorm hit the Gulf on Thursday, and, according to the Daily Telegraph, 12 departures and nine arrivals were cancelled at Dubai's main airport.

Massive Sandstorm Hits Dubai
Massive Sandstorm Hits Dubai



Most were regional flights, and British Airways and Emirates so far have only reported small delays.

Dubai is the world's busiest airport, overtaking London Heathrow earlier this year.

Authorities warned that delays and possibly diversions could be expected and to keep checking flight details.


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According to the Independent, dust has caused reduced visibility for motorists and hospitals reported increased number of patients suffering from respiratory problems.

It is thought conditions will get better over the weekend, but that sunny conditions are not due to return to the city's beaches until Sunday.




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