As floods affect many emirates, including Sharjah, Fujairah, and Ras al-Khaimah, private sector and government workers in the United Arab Emirates have been asked to work from home on Thursday and Friday.
Rain on Wednesday led to serious flooding in a number of areas, which disrupted transport and required home evacuations.
According to the Emirates News Agency WAM, UAE Vice President Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid ordered hotels to let families who had been affected by the flooding stay in empty rooms.
Additionally, Sheikh Mohammed gave the UAE’s Ministry of Community Development instructions to set up temporary housing for people who had been affected by the floods.
On Thursday, further rain is anticipated to pour on the emirate.
Social media users posted pictures of cars on a roadway that were rendered immobile by floodwater that rose as high as their windows.
Others showed people being helped by the emergency services leave their homes.
The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratization (MoHRE) asked private sector businesses in Fujairah and other northern emirates (Sharjah and Ras al-Khaimah) to permit non-essential workers to work from home on Thursday and Friday in a statement issued early on Thursday morning.
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This came after the UAE Cabinet on Wednesday issued an earlier directive enabling non-essential government employees to work from home, except for civil defense, police, and security institutions dealing with catastrophes, crises, and emergencies authorities, as well as community assistance bodies.
In a statement distributed by WAM on Thursday, the UAE’s Ministry of Interior stated that protecting lives and property during the floods is a “top priority.”
The ministry asked people to drive carefully, not leave their houses needlessly, and to be cautious overall.
The UAE Cabinet established an emergency committee on Wednesday night, led by Minister of Energy and Infrastructure Suhail al-Mazrouei, to evaluate the harm brought on by the rain and flooding.
The committee was also directed to “submit a detailed report on the damages and immediately start taking all necessary measures to protect property and lives in coordination with security, police, and municipalities in every emirate,” according to WAM.
All residents and citizens of the UAE were advised to avoid flood sites, valley streams, and torrents, “especially those residing in the mountainous areas.”
The public was also urged to report accidents right away.