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Severe Flooding Brings Down Dubai

This week, the United Arab Emirates encountered unprecedented rainfall, with over 18 months’ rainfall occurring in just one day. This is the worst downpour the country has seen since 1949, and has resulted in significant disruptions, including one reported fatality, damage to property, and a halt to air travel operations in Dubai.

This deluge has resulted in the cancellation and diversion of numerous flights at Dubai International Airport, one of the world's busiest airports, affecting travellers worldwide. Passengers are facing chaotic conditions at the airport, with limited transport options and disrupted schedules.

Although the airport has now reopened its terminals, passengers are still stranded and waiting for updates from their airlines. A backlog of people and baggage has only exacerbated the situation, with some travellers on their second day of delays.

Most travel insurance policies include cover for travel delay, however this would most likely be for expenses you’ve paid for essentials until you’re able to travel. Unprecedented events like natural disasters might also be covered under your travel insurance policy, but again this is all per the terms and conditions in your Policy Wording.

Following the floods, travellers should bear in mind that it is not just the airport experiencing difficulties at this time - damage has been caused all over the country, and many everyday operations are struggling to cope. This means that taxis, food services, and public transport are all likely to be affected.

Regarding their upcoming flight, travellers are therefore advised to keep up-to-date with their airline for the latest information.

18th April 2024