A view of the haze obscuring the skyline of the Dubai with a mosque in the foreground during a heavy sandstorm. File / AFP
The UAE's National Centre of Meteorology (NCM) has issued a duststorm warning for Monday. It said that a duststorm is likely to affect the western part of UAE tomorrow.
A massive sandstorm blanketed the Rafha governorate in Saudi Arabia on Monday morning. Weather experts said that the storm is expected to reach the governorates of Riyadh, the North, and the Eastern Province in the coming hours.
The dust storm formed in the Iraqi desert, and entered the State of Kuwait and northern Saudi Arabia.
The storm will affect the governorates of the central region and the eastern region, and will reduce visibility.
Iraq closed public buildings and temporarily shut airports Monday as another sandstorm - the ninth since mid-April - hit the country.
More than 1,000 people were hospitalised across the nation with respiratory problems, health ministry spokesman Seif Al Badr said.
Flights were also grounded in neighbouring Kuwait for a second time this month, as the region grapples with the increasingly frequent weather phenomenon.
The Iraqi capital Baghdad was enveloped in a giant dust cloud that left usually traffic-choked streets largely deserted and bathed in an eery orange light, eyewitnesses said.
Prime Minister Mustafa Al Kadhemi ordered all work to cease in state-run institutions, except for health and security services, citing "poor climatic conditions and the arrival of violent sandstorms."
Thick fog continued to form for the second day in a row across various parts in the country on Thursday. The fog lasted for 12 hours and a half in several areas of the country on Thursday, as it started at exactly 10 pm and continued until 10:30am, because of the country being affected by surface high-pressure systems, accompanied with a ridge of upper air high pressure, according to the National Centre for Meteorology (NCM).
Light to medium rains lashed separate areas of the UAE on Sunday as a result of shallow air depression in the north and east and a high air extension in the west, accompanied by an extension of an air depression in the upper layers of the atmosphere.
The UAE residents reported feeling tremors at around 8:00 pm on Saturday after a 5.3 earthquake hit Southern Iran.
Light to moderate rains started to fall on Wadi Al Ajili in Ras Al Khaimah, at 2:30pm, while moderate rains fell on Mullaqat and Khat Al Shakla in the city of Al Ain, turning into heavy rains with hail over areas in Al Ain.
A number of senior officials and members of the UAE Embassy in the Sultanate of Oman were also among the recipients.
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The two-day event will bring together over 3,000 distinguished attendees including influential media personalities, ministers and heads of leading local, Arab and international media organisations, as well as thought leaders, intellectuals and writers.