Heavy fog causes traffic snarls and flight cancellations in Oman

Muscat:  Dense fog has engulfed many parts of Oman for the last two consecutive days, causing traffic snarls and flight cancellations.

The National Multi-Hazards Early Warning Centre said the heavy fog will continue until Wednesday, with visibility dropping to less than 100 metres.

The fog caused heavy traffic in Muscat , Buraimi and Batinah on Monday and Tuesday, but no accidents were reported, according to the Royal Oman Police (ROP).

Ahmed Al Beloushi, a motorist, told Gulf News:  “I had to drive very slow as the visibility was very low. I couldn’t see that much while driving due to the heavy blanket of fog.”

 “Due to increase in relative humidity in the coastal areas of Musandam, North and South Batinah, Muscat, North and South of Sharqyia, Al Wusta, Dhofar, Dhahira, fog patches are expected to form and horizontal visibility is expected to reduce to less than 1000 metres,” the National Multi-Hazard Early Warning Centre said on Tuesday.

Many flights arriving and departing from UAE are experiencing delays and cancellations due to the heavy fog in the UAE.

Sharjah based airline, Air Arabia said: “Due to heavy fog in the UAE, passengers are advised to contact their local or the global call center and check the status of their flights before arriving to the airport.”

The Muscat-Sharjah flight (G9 392) and the flydubai flight to Dubai (FZ132) were cancelled on Tuesday.

The ROP has advised motorists to drive safely due to the heavy fog.


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