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Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 14 December 2018

Dozens of flights delayed in Dubai due to fog

Foggy weather causes havoc at airports with dozens of flights delayed or diverted

Fog has blankted most parts of the UAE today. Victor Besa / The National
Fog has blankted most parts of the UAE today. Victor Besa / The National

Dense fog blanketing most of the country is causing severe delays at the country's main airports.

Visibility is down to less than 200 metres in some parts, causing havoc during the morning commute.

At Dubai International Airport, dozens of flights scheduled to land between 7am and 8am were in a holding pattern above the Arabian Gulf according to flight monitoring website flightradar24.com

The website estimated that 96 per cent of inbound flights were facing delays of more than a hour.

Several flights were in a holding pattern in Dubai. Flightradar24
Several flights were in a holding pattern in Dubai. Flightradar24

Some flights had been diverted to other airports including BA109 from London Heathrow and KQ304 from Nairobi. Both landed in Muscat. A flight from Russia landed in Fujairah.

In Sharjah, dozens of Air Arabia flights from Indian destinations and beyond were facing similar delays.

Sharjah airport was facing dozens of delays.Flightradar24
Sharjah airport was facing dozens of delays.Flightradar24

Arrivals to Abu Dhabi International were not as badly affected by the conditions.

Dubai Police urged motorists to drive with caution this morning.

Weather forecasters said conditions should clear by mid-morning, making way for windy weather in the afternoon.

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