Many residents in Dubai awoke in the early hours of Thursday morning to rain, thunder and lightning.

It was announced by the UAE’s National Center of Meteorology (NCM) that cloudseeding had occurred in order to prompt rainfall across the country – and prompt rain it did.

Loud thunder and lightning, as well as heavy rainfall were all caught on camera by many residents across Dubai.

Here’s some of the most spectacular videos and photos posted on social media.

 

 

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Will there be more rain in the UAE?

According to the NCM, the UAE hasn’t seen the last of the rain.

The authority issued an alert via Twitter that heavy rain could occur in some parts of the country and precautions should be taken.

While rain isn’t ideal ahead of the long weekend, you can’t deny it makes for some truly spectacular photos…

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