Aftermath of Dubai Thunderstorms: Emirates to only process transfer passengers at Dubai for April 17, 2024

The aftermath of yesterday’s thunderstorms/cloudbursts across the UAE threw a significant spanner in the wings, not just for the city but also for the Dubai Airport. Visuals of a flooded airport were everywhere. This was perhaps the most shared video.

Per Dubai news media, Dubai Airport had its operations halted for 25 minutes in the afternoon of April 15, with 45 flights cancelled by 5:15 pm. Many more diversions happened last evening at Dubai Airport.

This just meant people sat on their planes for a long time.

Emirates to only process through checked-in passengers on April 17, 2024

Emirates and other airlines’ operations are in disarray at the moment. However, this is more so for Emirates because Dubai was affected the most amongst the seven emirates, and it also has one dominant carrier, Emirates. Given the magnitude of Emirates’ operations, their planes diverted to all sorts of places yesterday, including Abu Dhabi, Muscat and maybe even further out.

Given that the network is sort of broken today and the city still does not have working roads, the airline is working on getting passengers who are already in the system to their destinations today. This means that if you are originating from Dubai, you won’t be accepted on an Emirates flight between 8 AM and midnight today (April 17, 2024).


Due to the deluge at Dubai Airport yesterday, the airport and the airline were both unable to operate their flights as per the daily flight plan. Emirates is not accepting any passengers from Dubai today but will use the day to move around transit passengers and those originating from other parts of the network.

Were you stuck with the Dubai deluge? Do share your story in the comments. 

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