Dubai floods: Which roads have been cleared and is public transport running?

The devastating storm that hit the UAE on Tuesday left key roads and transport links inaccessible due to flooding.

Emergency workers across the country have been hard at work in the days since to clear them, but conditions on Saturday in some areas remained treacherous.

While the situation is changing by the hour and commuters are urged to check the latest official travel advice, here The National looks at which roads have been cleared, the major routes that are still clogged and the latest public transport information available.

Closures, blockages and delays on key routes:

  • Abu Dhabi to Dubai: road closures on E11 and E311 motorways northbound with motorists being diverted to Emirates Road E611.
  • Dubai to Sharjah: reports of blocks on the E11 in both directions in downtown Sharjah.
  • E311: reports of delays near Dubai International City and Expo City Dubai.
  • E611: reports of delays by Mudon in both directions.

In Dubai, the RTA confirmed the following roads are improving:

  • Airport Road (partially open)
  • Algeria Street
  • Al Asayel Street
  • Al Khail Road (from Garn Al Sabkha Street to Al Mustaqbal Street)
  • Al Khawaneej Street
  • Al Nahda Street
  • Al Qudra Road (from Emirates Road to Jebel Ali – Lehbab Road)
  • Al Rebat Street (tunnel at Marrakech Street intersection)
  • Al Wasl Road
  • Al Yalayis Street (partially open from Sheikh Zayed Road to Sheikh Zayed Bin Hamdan Al Nahyan Street intersection)
  • Dubai – Al Ain Road
  • Emirates Road (partially at the Al Qudra intersection)
  • Oman Street
  • Oud Metha Road (partially)
  • Ras Al Khor Road
  • Saih al Salam Street
  • Sheikh Rashid Road
  • Sheikh Zayed Bin Hamdan Al Nahyan Street (from Expo Road Intersection to Hessa Street)

Public transport

Dubai Tram

Dubai Tram is running and all stations are operating at full capacity.

Dubai Metro

The Dubai Metro service is gradually improving, the RTA has said.

The Green Line is fully operational, while services on the Red Line (in both directions) are operating from Centrepoint station to Expo 2020 station and from Jebel Ali station to UAE Exchange skipping stopping at the following stations:

  • Onpassive
  • Equiti
  • Mashreq
  • Energy

Other services in Dubai from taxis to marine transport

  • All vehicle inspection centres are operating
  • All customer happiness centres are operating
  • Bus service is operating
  • Taxi service is operating
  • Marine transport services are operating

Inter-city bus services from Dubai

The RTA said the Dubai to Abu Dhabi route remains suspended with reports of clogged roads on the E11 around Jebel Ali.

The following services are back up and running:

  • Al Ghubaiba Bus Station – Al Ain Bus Station: E201
  • Union Bus Station – Fujairah Bus Station: E700
  • Etisalat Metr Station – Muwailah (Sharjah) Bus Station E315
  • Etisalat Metro Station – Ajman Bus Station E411

Heavy rain hits Dubai and Abu Dhabi – in pictures

dubai floods: which roads have been cleared and is public transport running?

Workers cut down a tree that was uprooted by the storm in Dubai. Pawan Singh / The National

dubai floods: which roads have been cleared and is public transport running?

A vehicle submerged on a waterlogged road in Dubai. Pawan Singh / The National

dubai floods: which roads have been cleared and is public transport running?

A fence is blown over during the storm in Dubai. Chris Whiteoak / The National

dubai floods: which roads have been cleared and is public transport running?

Vehicles splash through the Dubai – Abu Dhabi motorway during the heavy rain in Abu Dhabi. Pawan Singh / The National

dubai floods: which roads have been cleared and is public transport running?

A vehicle drives through a flooded road on a wet day in Dubai. Chris Whiteoak / The National

dubai floods: which roads have been cleared and is public transport running?

Two men navigate Dubai’s flooded roads on a raft made from gas cylinders. Antonie Robertson / The National

dubai floods: which roads have been cleared and is public transport running?

Trying to keep flooding out of a business in Al Quoz, Dubai. According to some measurements, 158mm of rain fell in 24 hours. Antonie Robertson / The National

dubai floods: which roads have been cleared and is public transport running?

One pedestrian is still smiling despite the flooding, in Al Quoz, Dubai. Antonie Robertson / The National

dubai floods: which roads have been cleared and is public transport running?

Waves form in Dubai floodwaters. Nic Ridley/ The National

dubai floods: which roads have been cleared and is public transport running?

Dark clouds over Aldar headquarters in Al Raha, Abu Dhabi. Evelyn Lau / The National

dubai floods: which roads have been cleared and is public transport running?

Wrapped up for the elements in Dubai. Chris Whiteoak / The National

dubai floods: which roads have been cleared and is public transport running?

More storms are forecast for Dubai, with dark skies overhead. Nic Ridley/ The National

dubai floods: which roads have been cleared and is public transport running?

A young boy goes for a walk on a rainy day in Dubai. Chris Whiteoak / The National

dubai floods: which roads have been cleared and is public transport running?

Heavy rain fell for several hours in Dubai on Tuesday morning, in what forecasters said was the first wave of stormy weather. Antonie Robertson / The National

dubai floods: which roads have been cleared and is public transport running?

Lightning strikes in Abu Dhabi on Monday. Roy Cooper/ The National

dubai floods: which roads have been cleared and is public transport running?

There were large puddles in Dubai after heavy rain overnight. Antonie Robertson/The National

dubai floods: which roads have been cleared and is public transport running?

A cyclist travels amid clean-up efforts in Dubai. Antonie Robertson/The National

dubai floods: which roads have been cleared and is public transport running?

A motorist’s car is stranded on a flooded Dubai road, following torrential rain. Antonie Robertson / The National

dubai floods: which roads have been cleared and is public transport running?

Clean-up efforts are under way in Dubai after heavy rain. Antonie Robertson/The National

dubai floods: which roads have been cleared and is public transport running?

Dark clouds linger over Dubai with more adverse weather forecast. Antonie Robertson/The National

dubai floods: which roads have been cleared and is public transport running?

Dark skies over Reem Island in Abu Dhabi. Zoya Thomas/ The National

dubai floods: which roads have been cleared and is public transport running?

Forecasters warned of ‘hazardous weather events’ until Wednesday evening. Antonie Robertson/The National

dubai floods: which roads have been cleared and is public transport running?

Workers clear standing water in Dubai. Antonie Robertson/The National

dubai floods: which roads have been cleared and is public transport running?

Drivers faced a difficult commute after heavy rain in Dubai. Antonie Robertson/The National

dubai floods: which roads have been cleared and is public transport running?

Clean-up efforts began in Dubai after heavy rain. Antonie Robertson/The National

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