Within the space of four hours yesterday morning, when Dubai was lashed by heavy rains and strong winds, Dubai Police reported more than 140 traffic accidents.
The weather on Monday caused flooding on several key roads in the emirate and led to flight delays and some closed schools, it also caused a spike in car crashes, according to Dubai Police.
Some 147 accidents were reported in total during the storm, which lasted around four hours.
The Dubai Police command and control unit received 2,566 emergency calls as well, between 6am and 10am, the police said.
Colonel Muhammad Al Muhairi, acting director of the command and control centre at Dubai Police, urged motorists to keep a safe distance between cars and adjust their speed to the weather conditions.
"Allow extra time for your journey and check your planned route. It's also advisable to slow down as rain makes roads slippery,” he said.
“People should follow safety instructions and regulation to avoid any accidents,” he added.
According to Colonel Al Muhairi, accidents during bad weather conditions that cause low visibility tend to be more severe.