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Dust Storm Hits Saudi Arabia and its Smaller Neighbours

Dust storm in Bahrain. Photograph shared on Twitter by Manama Voice

Dust storm in Bahrain. Photograph shared on Twitter by Manama Voice

Some schools and universities will be closed in Saudi Arabia tomorrow as a major sandstorm hits the kingdom. The sandstorm is also affecting neighbouring Bahrain, Qatar and Kuwait, where visibility has dropped as gusts blow sand and dirt into the sky.

Online, netizens share photographs and videos from the storm – common in such arid and semi-arid regions.

Saudi Arabia:

Saudi blogger Ahmed Al Omran shares this photograph famous Saudi capital landmark, Kingdom Centre, obscured by dust:

Mohamed Al Saadoon, also from Riyadh, tweets:


Kuwait:

From Kuwait, Faisal Al Fadhle shares this video of the storm as it approached Kuwait:

Bahrain:

Bu Isa shares those photographs on Twitter, taken at 9.00 pm local time:

Visibility at 9pm: 100 metres
Visibility at 9.10pm: Only 50 metres

Qatar:

And the Qatari Ministry of Interior issued the following warning on Twitter:

And Dr Almasri Ibrahim shares this video from Doha:

For long-time Qatar resident Michael Walker, this is the worst he has seen in nearly a decade:

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