Last week we got some. This week we are suppose to get even more. You guessed right, I´m talking about the rain. When living in a sub-tropical desert climate, you become eager to see, feel and smell the rain.
Dubai gets only 150mm rainfall per year. On average only 5 days are rainy each year. When it rains in Dubai, it pours.
Traffic on the Dubai and neighbor emirates, roads gets affected due to the rain. Even the air traffic gets delays. Heavy showers is causing jammed traffic, cars are stuck or flooding away because the roads are under water. Days like that remind us about the wipers; “oh, it was 10 months ago since I last used mine, hopefully they still work.”
Sometimes we do not even drive to school because of the rain- the schools are closed. Not that it is dangerous at school because of the rain, but the roads are dangerous because of the flooding (and bad driving habits) on the wet roads. Similar to days of heavy snowfall in the colder parts of the world. Safety comes first.
I enjoy myself during the rainy days, I don´t even have an umbrella here, not a problem for me to get wet. I remember in 2013 when my second child was born in April and it was raining for 4 days in a row. I took the newborn for a long walk in her baby stroller and I enjoyed every second of the fresh warm air (28 -30 degrees Celsius). When the warm rain came pouring down, I just closed my eyes and kept on going with a smile on my face. (Naturally I took care that the baby did not get wet.)
Kids here go crazy because of the rain: Puddles all over where they can jump, with or without their wellies on. What a joy! There is no need to plan any other activities for those days; jumping into the puddles is enough.
An otherwise so neat and clean city looks different after the rain. Sand piled all over and sandy rain leaving dusty marks all over. Still, nothing to worry about; a few days and someone has been cleaning the whole city clean again.
Is there someone in Dubai who does not like the rainy and cloudy days? Tourists! Understandably, people come to Dubai for the sun.