Heavy rainfall is causing major disruption at Dubai International with flights being severely delayed and cancelled and nearby Al Maktoum airport absorbing diverted aircraft.
Flights to and from Dubai are being affected with Emirates and flydubai being forced to delay and redirect scheduled services.
Passengers were advised to arrive at the airport at least three hours before departure and keep an eye on social media channels.
Part of Dxb’s runway area has been pictured on social media submerged underwater and Dubai Airports said it expects disruption to continue on Sunday after heavy rains struck Dubai at the end of last week.
However, with additional rain expected later this evening, the disruption is expected to continue for the next 24 hours. Customers are advised to check directly with their airlines for more specific flight information and allow additional time to get to the airport (2/2)— Dubai Airports (@DubaiAirports) January 11, 2020
A tweet from the Dubai Media Office said "ponds" had formed in some areas after 300mm of rain fell in around two hours.
Dubai Airports confirmed on Saturday that it was “experiencing operational disruptions” and added that it expected them to continue “for the next 24 hours”.
It said: “We are working closely with our service partners to get back to full operations as soon as possible, however flight delays are expected to continue through the day with some cancellations and diversions to Dubai World Central (DWC).”
The operator later added: “Dubai Airports confirms that operations at Dubai International (DXB) continue to be hampered by the knock-on effects of water-logging caused by heavy rainfall…which has resulted in a number of flight delays, cancellations and diversions.”