Dubai: Motorists are urged to drive with caution on Tuesday as thick fog descended upon parts of the UAE for the second day in a row this month.
As the temperature dropped to 12.6 degrees C in certain parts of the country, dense fog covered scattered areas eary on Tuesday resulting in dozens of flights delayed and traffic accidents in Dubai.
By 1am on Tuesday, thick fog started blanketing scattered areas across the country. By 2am, the National Central for Meteorology and Seismology (NCMS) warned of poor visibility due to fog formation over the sea towards the west of the UAE.
As visibility dropped from 3am to 6am on Tuesday, more 70 inbound flights to Dubai were delayed, and an additional inbound 60 flights were delayed from 6am to 9am, according to Live Flights aviation tracker.
Most of the delays were for a period of a few minutes to two hours on Tuesday, such as Qantas flight QF009, which was expected to land at 6.30am, but arrived in Dubai at 8.34am, according to the Dubai Airports website.
Some inbound flights were also cancelled, but it’s unclear if the heavy fog had caused the cancellations. At least 107 traffic accidents were recorded in Dubai on Monday.