Saturday, January 19, 2008

Downpour of a Welcome

As luck would have it, our arrival in Dubai defied all the odds. The emirate receives about 5 days of rain a year and even then it is a meager amount. In fact in they recently suffered a 5 year drought - literally no rain, at all. We landed amidst a downpour! The city is obviously not built with any drainage in mind, and it had been raining non-stop for 24 hours - apparently they had received 14 cm (oh yeah, I'm trying to conjure up my 5th grade training on the metric system again...) and the entire city was flooded. Water stood 2 and 3 feet (or should I say1 meter) deep on all the roads. Cars were stuck, construction sites filled the streets with mud, and traffic stood in nearly 2 hours in some places. When we arrived word had just come that they had cancelled school for tomorrow! Can you imagine? Dubai's version of the snow day is a rain day.

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