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Saturday, 04 February 2017 - 14:25
Snow, crane collapse & fire in UAE
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The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is known for its desert climate and year-round sunshine, but freak weather conditions have experienced a rare snowfall that has covered part of it in snow. In addition, a more bizarre incident took place when heavy winds caused a crane to collapse, sparking a fire.

One person was injured due to the blaze following crane collapse on Dubai’s busy Sheikh Zayed Road, according to officials cited by AFP. Three vehicles were also destroyed in the fire.

The rare 10cm (3.9 inches) of snow landed in the area of Jebel Jais, UAE’s highest mountain, according to foreign media. Temperatures also plummeted between -2°C (28.4°F) and -3°C (26.6°F) in the locality.

The sudden snowfall and heavy winds prompted the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority to briefly suspend part of the city’s metro service carried out as a “safety precaution” due to falling debris on the tracks.

Motorists were also warned to drive carefully on roads.Snow

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