Yellow Bus on Road Near City Buildings. Representational Image.
Yellow Bus on Road Near City Buildings. Representational Image. Max Avans/

The UAE weather department issued a red alert Thursday morning for drivers traveling from Abu Dhabi to Dubai on the E311 highway due to heavy fog, adding that drivers should avoid speeding amid dense fog covering the highway.

Dubai and Abu Dhabi authorities urged drivers to use fog lights, keep a safe distance from other vehicles, and drive slowly while following the speed limits. A speed reduction system to 80 km/h has been implemented on Abu Dhabi roads.

The weather department warned motorists of "fog formation with a deterioration in horizontal visibility, which may drop even further at times over some coastal and internal areas... on Thursday," as per Khaleej Times.

The official X (formerly known as Twitter) handle of the National Center of Meteorology shared a map to explain the areas that will be affected by fog. It said visibility in these areas could drop to less than 1,000 meters.

The National Meteorological Center (NCM) said Thursday night and Friday morning will be humid, with a chance of fog or mist, especially along some western coastal areas. Winds can be light to moderate, while the Arabian Gulf and Oman Sea will have calm sea conditions.

Temperatures in the internal areas will reach up to 47°C, with a minimum of 26°C. Humidity could rise to 75%.

While heavy fog is not new for Dubai or Abu Dhabi, last month the entire country witnessed severe flooding and ordered remote work for all government employees. All private schools were switched to remote learning due to weather conditions at the time.

Earlier this month, Sharjah Police said that vehicle destruction certificates will be provided for free to individuals affected by weather-related damage in the emirate. Vehicle owners can obtain the certificates through the "Sharjah Police Smart App" or the official website.

However, after a month, things are back on track for the country. Earlier this week, the Dubai Media Council (DMC) announced the launch of the Emirati Media Talent Pledge initiative, aiming to develop a strong partnership between national media talent and the private sector.