While authorities have urged private companies to consider flexible working options, some employees reported to offices on Monday morning despite the inclement weather.

"I'm actually an hour late to work, and I was considering working from home, but my boss told me there are so many things, including reports, that have to be finished today," Lubnah, a resident of Al Furjan who works for a bank, told Khaleej Times.

"The Dubai Metro is working as usual, but I couldn't book a taxi from the station to the office," Lubna added. Some morning commuters struggled to cut through waterlogging and struggled during rush hour.

Another resident said her usual taxi booking hiked more than three times because some roads are impassable. "The usual 2.2km travel from home to work would usually cost me Dh12, but now they're priced at Dh36 and Dh45. And no cabs are accepting my bookings," said Sudanese expatriate Samirah, who has been waiting more than one hour to book a cab.

“I advise those coming to work to wear boots because shoes are soaking wet. I had to return home to change my shoes after they got completely wet,” said Faisal, another Dubai resident who works at Media City.

Those who usually go to work with their e-scooters regret bringing their last-mile mobility ride as roads are flooded.

Some motorists were stuck on the road for hours. Kabir, who works in Jumeirah, said, “The road heading towards Jumeirah Madinat from Al Barsha has turned into a shallow swimming pool. The five lanes have been reduced to one because of flooding.”

A day in the office

For IT professional Mohammed A, it was a day in the office. “I had hoped that my company would let us work from home, but there was no such communication,” he said, adding: “I work in Al Quoz, which is quite low lying, so I faced a lot of water pools and traffic on the way.”

Meanwhile, some attendees at the ongoing World Governments Summit said it took more than one hour to cross a 2kms stretch. Marwa, who parked her car at the Dubai Police Academy, said she was stuck on the shuttle bus. “There was heavy traffic on the way to the venue at Madinat Jumeirah. The road outside the police academy was flooded, and only one lane was accessible. From the academy to the venue, it took me 1.5 hours. I eventually decided to walk from the bus.”

Stuck at home

Some parents working from home have another dilemma, as nurseries were closed on Monday. Rahima, a working mother in Sharjah, said, “Today, I found myself scrambling to rearrange my schedule and find alternative arrangements for my little one because her nursery was also closed.”

Incessant rains

According to the National Centre of Meteorology (NCM), most part of UAE “continues to be affected by the state of atmospheric instability today with the continuation of rain until the night hours of Monday”

“The situation deepens again tomorrow morning early with the formation of cumulus clouds accompanied by heavy rainfall in different regions of the country, accompanied by downdraft winds sometimes up to 70 km/h.

“The amounts of clouds gradually decrease from afternoon tomorrow and the chance of rain decreases at night.”

(with inputs from Ruqayya AlQaydi)