Sunshine returns to today after bad weather interrupted events in some part of the UAE this weekend. The cold snap was characterised by high winds, rain and even some snow.
Yes, snow in the UAE is rare, but it happens. The snow fell on Jebel Jais, the highest point in the UAE as it shuddered in arctic temperatures of -5C.
In Dubai, the severe weather led to the cancellation and postponement of several high-profile events.
The first sporting event to suffer cancellation due to the bad weather was the international cycling race, where the Dubai Tour cancelled the fourth day of the competition. The high winds also caused the suspension of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic Golf Tournament in the second round.
The RedfestDxb, at the Dubai Media City Amphitheatre, did not escape unscathed, as it had its second and final night postponed until Saturday.
The event organised by the Arabian Radio Network and Done Events was moved to Saturday without any withdrawals. Stars such as Demi Lovato, Tove Lo and Mike Posner performed at the event.
The organisers confirmed in a statement that “The primary focus of the organising team is to ensure the safety of all spectators,” and that is why they are suspending the event and urged fans not to turn up.
Another venue to suffer from severe weather was the Global Village, which shut its doors on Friday due to safety concerns but promised to reopen on Saturday at 16:00.
Although Metro service was suspended, operations resumed within the hour, which is a credit to the Dubai transport authorities who reacted decisively and efficiently to the accident.
We cannot control the weather; we can only plan to deal with it and then execute our plan. Although the bad weather interrupted events and was severe by the standards of the UAE, it was handled efficiently and safely by the authorities in the country.