Updated April 19th, 2024 at 15:55 IST

Dubai Floods: Avoid Non-Essential Travel to UAE, says Indian Embassy

"Indian passengers traveling to or transiting through Dubai International Airport are advised to reschedule non-essential travel," the advisory reads.

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Dubai floods | Image:AP
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The Indian embassy in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has issued a crucial advisory, urging inbound Indian passengers traveling to or transiting through Dubai International Airport to consider rescheduling non-essential travel until operations resume, following unprecedented rainfall in the country.

In the wake of record-setting rains that have caused massive flooding in Dubai and surrounding areas, the Indian mission emphasized the importance of caution for travelers. While UAE authorities are tirelessly working to restore normalcy, the advisory highlights the need for passengers to await final confirmation from airlines regarding flight schedules before heading to the airport. 

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What exactly does the advisory say?

The disruption caused by the exceptional weather conditions earlier this week has led to temporary limitations on inbound flights at Dubai International Airport, the world's busiest airport for international travel.

"Dubai International Airport has temporarily limited the number of inbound flights due to unprecedented weather conditions," stated the advisory. "Inbound Indian passengers traveling to or transiting through Dubai International Airport are advised to reschedule non-essential travel until operations normalize."

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To assist Indian nationals affected by the situation, the Consulate General of India in Dubai has activated emergency helpline numbers since April 17, offering support and guidance amidst the travel uncertainties.

Here is what else you need to know

Meanwhile, Air India has announced the cancellation of flights to and from Dubai due to ongoing operational disruptions at the airport. The airline is actively working to re-accommodate affected customers on alternative flights once operations resume.

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"We are doing our best to get affected customers on their way by re-accommodating them on flights as soon as operations resume," assured Air India. "Customers booked on our flights with valid tickets for travel until April 21, 2024, will be offered a one-time waiver on rescheduling and full refunds for cancellation."

As Dubai and the UAE strive to recover from the aftermath of the historic floods, the safety and well-being of travelers remain a top priority for authorities and airlines alike.

(With inputs from ANI)

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Published April 19th, 2024 at 15:43 IST