Thousands of passengers were stranded for hours at the Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah airports, while scores had to spend the night at international airports as inbound flights to the UAE also got affected by the bad weather.

As many as 26 flydubai flights and 10 Emirates flights were cancelled in Dubai alone. A total of 53 inbound flights to Dubai International Airport were diverted due to the fog on Sunday morning.

Dubai carrier Emirates Airlines, which has a fleet of over 250 large planes, said it has cancelled 10 flight departures.

The fog has engulfed most of the country since Friday, but it intensified overnight as relative humidity soared to 95 percent amid cold winter weather.


Airlines have warned passengers to check their flights schedules in the coming days as the National Centre for Meteorology has predicted dense fog will smother parts of the UAE till Tuesday.