Overnight rain leaves traffic out of gear in UAE

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Motorists cautioned as overnight rain caused water logging in most parts of UAE

Thundershowers hit most parts of the UAE from early Thursday.

Residents gearing up for the last working day of the week woke up to heavy rain and the accompaniment of lightening and thunder.
A resident at the Palm said that while he never wakes up for anything at night, the thunder was of such a magnitude that he was shaken out of slumber.
“I used my umbrella to shelter from rain… instead of the sun,” said Faisal, an early morning  commuter from Al Nahda to the Al Safa area in Dubai.

More rain expected across UAE on Monday

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More rain is expected across the UAE on Monday, February 10, 2014.

The weather will be partly cloudy with moderate winds and the temperature is likely to fall slightly, according to the weather forecasters. The sea will be rough at times.

Rainwater gathered in some streets and low-lying areas in Dubai, Sharjah, Abu Dhabi and Umm Al Quwain on Sunday, creating traffic bottlenecks.

Light scattered rain also hit downtown Al Ain. Heavy rain was reported in Fujairah, Hatta and Abu Dhabi on Sunday.

Renewable energy projects key to UAE’s diplomatic efforts

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At Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week last week, technology partnerships were signed with New Zealand and Denmark, and plans announced to give US$20 million (Dh73.4m) in aid to Pacific Island states.

Dr Thani Al Zeyoudi, director of energy and climate change at the ministry, said clean energy had been identified as a major area of focus for UAE diplomacy.

World Bank looks to reduce water usage in energy consumption

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Thirsty Energy was formally launched on Wednesday at the joint closing ceremony of the World Future Energy Summit and the International Water Summit, which are part of Sustainability Week.

William Rex, lead water resources specialist at the bank, said the objective was “to develop water-efficient energy, energy-efficient water and, most importantly, the tools to plan and manage these two critical resources together”.