A man pushes a car in the midst of a flooded street in Sharjah following heavy rains in UAE on Saturday. AFP
The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries usually experience mild winters, with the exception of rare and brief episodes of flooding rains between November and January.
Torrential rainfall has hit the UAE, including Dubai and Abu Dhabi, with official WAM news agency saying the bad weather was expected to last until Thursday.
The rain has been exacerbated by cloud seeding, which authorities use to increase usually low and rare rainfall, the National Centre of Meteorology said.
In Sharjah, pedestrians and vehicles were caught up in brown-coloured water. Authorities have not reported any casualties.
Heavy rain has been falling in the vast desert kingdom of Saudi Arabia, impacting pilgrims in the Holy City of Makkah.
The Saudi civil defence warned that moderate to heavy rain was expected to continue in several regions.
Oman on Saturday had announced "stormy rains of varying intensity" in several regions of the country, and state broadcaster Oman TV showed images of wet roads and rising waters.
Authorities in Qatar urged residents to remain vigilant and forecast "stormy rains" and strong winds in several parts of the country from Sunday.
In Kuwait, "generally average intensity" rain was expected through Sunday evening, the official KUNA news agency reported meteorological authorities as saying.
School classes and exams across the country would be suspended on Monday due to the weather, it added.
Kuwait will close schools and universities nationwide for a day due to unstable weather conditions, the country's education minister said on Sunday.
Moderate rains fell on Al Shuhada Road in Ras Al Khaimah, and on Al Kharos in Sharjah. Jebel Jais in RAK recorded the lowest temperature over the country, 13.3°C on Saturday at 03:15am.
In cooperation with local departments, Sheikh Mohammed directed that arrangement be made in hotels near flood-hit areas to accommodate all affected families, as well as those living in areas that may pose a danger to their residents during heavy rain.
The National Centre of Meteorology (NCM) has stated that the weather conditions that prevailed in the country over the past four days have now reversed, adding that rainclouds are expected to continue to be formed and temperatures to rise gradually by four to five degrees Celsius over the upcoming days.
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