Air traffic

An impact on Dubai’s air traffic? Official clarifies

A major sandstorm that has engulfed the United Arab Emirates and other Gulf countries since Tuesday has not impacted air traffic at Dubai airports, an official confirmed on Wednesday.

A sandstorm hit the United Arab Emirates on Tuesday, blanketing cities and reducing visibility to less than 500 meters in parts of Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

A Dubai Airports spokesperson said there was “no impact on operations at Dubai International Airport (DXB) and Dubai World Central (DWC).”

The UAE’s National Meteorological Center (NCM) also forecast hot and dusty weather for Wednesday. The dust wind is forecast to impact horizontal visibility at times Wednesday.

A severe sandstorm previously disrupted flight operations at Kuwait airport, causing delays in air travel.

In a statement released on Monday, Kuwait Airport announced the closure of its airspace due to low visibility.

Jamal al Hai, Deputy Managing Director of Dubai Airports, said earlier that Dubai International Airport was on the right track, having maintained its position as the world’s busiest international airport with 29.1 million passengers, and last week it announced its busiest quarter since 2020, when the Covid-19 pandemic broke out in the United Arab Emirates and around the world, hitting the global aviation industry.

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