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The UAE government called on private sector companies to implement flexible working arrangements on Monday, February 12, in anticipation of adverse weather conditions expected across the country.
With heavy rain, thunder and strong winds expected on Sunday and Monday, authorities issued warnings urging the public to be cautious during potentially dangerous weather conditions.
Flexible working in the UAE due to bad weather conditions
The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation issued a statement on Sunday, urging employers to prioritize the safety of their employees by allowing flexible work patterns on Monday.
The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation calls on private sector companies across the country to implement flexible work patterns tomorrow, Monday, February 12, due to the expected weather conditions.
“Businesses must take measures to ensure outdoor working,…
— Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (@MOHRE_UAE) February 11, 2024
The Ministry stressed the need for companies to ensure compliance with occupational health and safety requirements for outdoor work, if necessary, and to maintain the health and safety of workers moving to and from outdoor work sites.
The National Center of Meteorology issued yellow and orange alerts for large parts of the country until noon Tuesday, warning the public of impending severe weather conditions.
Good rains in different areas of the country #Rain_of_Goodness # Incompetent #National_Center_of_Meteorology #Friends_of_the_National_Meteorological_Centre #weather condition #weather_condition #weather_amateurs pic.twitter.com/r5EQWcWJb5
– National Center of Meteorology (@ncmuae) February 11, 2024
Distance learning for schools
In response to weather warnings, the Knowledge and Human Development Authority in Dubai called on schools and universities to provide distance learning options on Monday to ensure the safety of students, staff and parents.
With the unpredictable weather forecast, we are asking all private schools, nurseries and universities in Dubai to be flexible when considering the needs of parents, staff and students and provide a remote learning option on Monday 12 February. Stay safe everyone. ☂️ pic.twitter.com/gLcHHoO1v0
— KHDA | Knowledge and Human Development Authority in Dubai (@KHDA) February 10, 2024
Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Executive Council of the Emirate of Dubai, directed government employees to work remotely on Monday, with the exception of jobs that require on-site attendance.
under @HamdanMohammed#Dubai directives that Monday, February 12, 2024, will be a remote working day for employees of all government agencies in Dubai, due to weather conditions. This applies to all government employees #Dubaiexcept for roles that need to be present in the workplace. pic.twitter.com/AyOQ6ITNIb
— Dubai Media Office (@DXBMediaOffice) February 10, 2024
These bad weather conditions are due to a surface depression extending from the southwest, accompanied by humid southeasterly winds, according to the National Center of Meteorology.
The authorities advised motorists to exercise extreme caution and avoid flooded areas and mountainous areas during dangerous weather conditions. Abu Dhabi Police urged drivers to adhere to the variable speed limits displayed on electronic directional signs, while reducing the speed limits that are usually imposed during heavy rain and fog to ensure safety on the road.
Efforts are currently being made to reduce disruption to public services and enhance safety during expected adverse weather conditions, as the National Emergency, Crisis and Disaster Management Authority holds meetings to develop action plans for weather-related emergencies.