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High winds spark UAE weather alert

24 February 2012 13:20

People with asthma have been warned to stay indoors

People with asthma have been warned to stay indoors

People travelling to the United Arab Emirates have been warned of hazardous weather conditions which could affect those with breathing-related ailments such as asthma.

Seas will remain rough, with waves of up to 10ft, while winds could reach up to 65kph amid generally hazy and cloudy weather, said the UAE's National Centre of Meteorology and Seismology (NCMS).

It warned of reduced horizontal visibility due to possible dust in suspension, as well as blowing dust and sand.

Medical practitioners are advising those with asthma and other breathing disorders to remain indoors.

Travellers with respiratory conditions such as asthma or bronchitis should be aware that pre-existing medical travel insurance offers comprehensive coverage throughout their time abroad.

The most common symptoms experienced during a dust storm are irritation to the eyes and upper airways. Infants and the elderly are among the most vulnerable groups along with people with respiratory conditions, heart disease and diabetes.