Storm forces Kuwait to shut airport

March 26, 2011

Heavy winds pushing tonnes of dust enveloped much of Kuwait Friday evening, causing disruptions in several areas and forcing the civil aviation to shut down the airport.

“In view of bad weather conditions, dense dusty storm, and strong winds blowing in the country, all incoming flights were transferred to nearby airports while all outgoing flights were halted until weather conditions improve,” Isam Al Zamil, the head of operations at the airport, said, quoted by Kuwait News Agency (KUNA).

Earlier, the authorities warned that the dust storm reduced visibility to less than 500 metres and that in some areas, “there is no visibility at all.”

The condition is due to a dusty storm kicking up northwestern wind at a speed of more than 50 kilometres per hour, KUNA said.



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Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
Media career:
  • ABC News (Tunisia)
  • Bahrain Tribune
  • Gulf News
  • Bahrain Television News
Teaching career:
  • Monastir (Tunisia)
  • University of Bahrain
  • MA  Mass Communications, University of Leicester
  • BA  in English & US literature and studies, University of Tunis

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