The mobile app, which can be downloaded on all latest versions of Android platform, aims to help residents pre-plan their outdoor activities; protect allergy and asthma sufferers from potential health risks; and also warn motorists about the visibility conditions on roads.
The app can also assist government entities such as Dubai Police, Coast Guards and RTA to utilise the information it provides to plan safety strategies well in advance.
The new app, which provides information about approaching sandstorms 48 hours in advance, is an extension of a system which was launched three years ago.
It was created by Unique System FZE, a Unique Maritime Group company, along with The Geodesy and Hydrographic Survey Section of Dubai Municipality (DM).
Dubai has become the first emirate to use the Sandstorm Forecasting System, which gathers information from its Automatic Weather Stations (AWS) as well as the World Meteorological Organization. Through the AWS, the information goes to an Etisalat tower from where it gets relayed to the servers at DM.
The project has established the sandstorm prediction and weather forecasting model for Dubai using five tide and meteorological stations and eight terrestrial meteorological stations and two offshore data buoys. During a major upgrade, new rain gauges were also installed so as to complete all stations with rain measurement.
Mohammed Mahmoud Mashroom, Director of Survey Department at Dubai Municipality, added, “After the successful launch of an unprecedented sandstorm forecasting system, we are pleased with the launch of a one-of-its-kind mobile application that gives accurate information on imminent sandstorms to most Android users. This will also save registered users the task of visiting our website each time they wish to be alerted about a sandstorm forecast.”