Vehicles lie abandoned in the floodwaters on a Dubai highway which was inundated by this week's downpours

Dubai government announced that all private schools will be switched to remote learning on Thursday (May 2) and Friday (May 3) due to weather conditions. At the same time, the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority (NCEMA) is closely monitoring the weather situation to safeguard the well-being of the public and mitigate any potential disruptions.

The announcement was made Tuesday during a meeting of Dubai's Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management. In the meeting, the departments took this decision to ensure that everyone in the emirate remains safe and secure, WAM reported.

The meeting, led by NCEMA, was also attended by representatives from the Ministry of Interior (MoI), the National Center for Meteorology (NCM), and other government departments.

NCEMA pointed out that it is closely monitoring the ongoing weather patterns to ensure public safety, while NCM said that the current weather situation is not as severe as last month, when the UAE witnessed widespread flooding across the country.

According to NCM, the country is expected to experience small hail falling in the eastern regions and extending to some internal and western regions on Tuesday and Wednesday.

On the other hand, moderate to heavy rain with occasional lightning and thunder is expected on Wednesday night and Thursday. There are chances of light to medium rain on Friday and Saturday. However, the cloud quantities are expected to decrease on these days.

The MoI assured that the Supreme Committee for Internal Security, led by the Undersecretary of the Ministry, is working closely with the Joint Weather and Tropical Assessment Team to keep a check on the weather updates and evaluate any potential risk, especially since the country is still recovering from the previous weather conditions.

The ministry highlighted that proactive measures have been implemented already to support response operations by allocating resources and capabilities to areas expected to be affected by the upcoming weather situation.

The MoI urged people to be cautious, follow safety protocols and guidelines, comply with the directives from authorities, avoid spreading rumors, and rely on official sources for information.

Last month, the Dubai government ordered remote work for all government employees following severe flooding, excluding those who were required to be on-site at the workplace.