Flooding in Dubai

Desert city-state Dubai experienced an unusual start to the week as heavy thunderstorms lashed the city and parts of the UAE, flooding major roadways, airports and the city’s driverless metro rail system. According to news agencies, the storms that lashed the UAE on Tuesday dumped over a year and a half’s worth of rain on Dubai. In Dubai, major thoroughfares were reduced to a crawl, with some vehicles, including buses, nearly submerged underwater. Social media footage displayed dramatic scenes of malls and homes overwhelmed by water leaks.