A major sandstorm in Kuwait has led to highly dusty conditions and low visibility in the UAE, according to the local met office.

Visitors on flights to Dubai have been warned to expect dusty conditions until at least tomorrow (March 29th) as the United Arab Emirates (UAE) feels the aftermath of a severe sandstorm in Kuwait.

The local meteorological organisation warned that visibility is likely to be less than 1,000 metres until Tuesday, due to a large sand cloud, Emirates 24/7 reported.

As a result, temperatures have dropped and off-shore winds of up to 13 knots make for difficult swimming, surfing and sailing conditions.

Last Friday saw a major sandstorm in Kuwait, with winds reaching 80 kmph, and the resultant conditions forced many local flights to be diverted to alternative airports.

The UAE was not as severely affected, although the strong winds did mean that many had to stay indoors where possible, the report adds.

A spokesperson for the UAE’s National Center of Meteorology and Seismology said yesterday: “Temperatures will continue to drop during the next two days. The sea will continue to remain rough, especially in the evenings between 6pm and 8pm.”

Written by Nicholas Scott

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