Dubai Municipality says it has reaffirmed its readiness to handle emergencies during rainfall after severe weather hit the UAE in the past week.
During the recent rainy period, Dubai Municipality reported its ability to swiftly respond to 279 calls through its dedicated emergency field teams. These teams are comprised of 484 specialized engineers and technicians, along with 1,150 assisting workers. The municipality’s prompt response underscored its commitment to ensuring public safety and minimizing the impact of adverse weather conditions.
It said that its rapid response to calls, showcased its proactive approach through a comprehensive plan that includes an integrated system of procedures and swift response mechanisms to tackle unexpected situations.
The emergency teams remain on high alert and are fully prepared to respond quickly to reports of weather-related incidents and fluctuations across the emirate of Dubai. This commitment aligns with a proactive action plan and a 24-hour program aimed at enhancing the integrated management of the sewage and rainfall system. Dubai’s sophisticated infrastructure has positioned it as one of the world’s premier destinations to live and work.
Dubai boasts an extensive surface water and rainfall drainage system, spanning over 4,000,000 longitudinal meters. This system includes more than 72,000 rainy water drains and 35,000 inspection rooms, all converging at 59 lifting and pumping stations that channel water to designated outlets.
In addition to its highly skilled workforce, the municipal rainfall contingency teams are equipped with 15 line cleaning and unclogging machines, seven crane-equipped trucks, 49 water transportation tanks, 87 carried pumps, 74 portable pumps, 63 different types of transport vehicles, over 60 pickups, pumping and processing mechanisms for water accumulation, sand, and various waste types, as well as 31 vehicles. There are also 20 water pumps strategically positioned across Deira and Bur Dubai.
Dubai Municipality has meticulously prepared all its teams and machinery to effectively manage rainfall emergencies throughout the Emirate. This preparedness is a vital component of its comprehensive annual rainy season emergency plan. The plan encompasses various actions and swift response mechanisms to address emergency communications from residents in the emirate. It is supported by an infrastructure considered one of the most advanced, efficient, and sustainable worldwide for the drainage of rainwater and surface water.
To facilitate timely reporting of rainwater accumulation and related issues, the Municipality encourages community members to utilize the Dubai 24/7 app or call the hotline at 800900. Additionally, residents are advised against connecting rainwater drainage pipes in their homes to the sewage system, as this practice can burden the network and lead to complications during rainy periods.
Dubai Municipality remains steadfast in its commitment to ensuring the safety and well-being of its residents and visitors, even in the face of unpredictable weather conditions.