This weekend will see strong winds, dusty conditions and big waves in Dubai, resulting in a warning for swimmers to avoid unmanned beaches.

Passengers on flights to Dubai this weekend may be better off sticking to the air-conditioned shopping malls, after the Met Department issued a warning against using unmanned beaches.

With off-shore swells predicted to be as high as 14 feet and winds expected to reach 24 kmph, it is hardly ideal swimming conditions.

Nonetheless, Jumeirah Beach Park, the Open Beach and Mamzar Park will remain open for those keen to get in a quick dip.

Majdi Tag, senior lifeguard working with the Dubai Municipality, said: “We are allowing people to get into the water, under the watchful eyes of the lifeguards. However, people should avoid any of the unmanned beaches.”

The warning from the National Center of Meteorology & Seismology will be in place for the next two days.

Coastal conditions are expected to be dusty and windy, and maximum temperatures of 26 degrees have been predicted.

Experienced surfers may be delighted at the prospect of bigger waves, but they have been warned to be careful, as red flags indicating strong currents have gone up at Umm Suqeim 1 Beach, next to Burj al Arab.

Written by Alex Cochrane

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