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Chaotic weather in Dubai has caused havoc with air travellers as intense rain hits the city.

Nearly two years worth of rain fell in just 24 hours leaving Dubai International looking more like a seaport than an airport.

Videos shared online show some aircraft on the ground with water nearly up to the engine cowling.


“Dubai Airports can confirm that due to the continued exceptional weather event currently being experienced in the UAE, Dubai International (DXB) is temporarily diverting inbound flights due to arrive this evening on Tuesday, 16 April until the inclement situation improves. Departures will continue to operate,” the airport said in a statement.

“The airport is working hard with its response teams and service partners to restore normal operations and minimise inconvenience to our customers.  

“We urge guests to check directly with the airline to obtain the latest information on the status of their flight, allow significant extra travel time to the airport and use the Dubai metro where possible.”

According to data on FlightRadar, flights from Australia and New Zealand so far have not been affected, but Emirates has been contacted for further information.