Residents in Dubai and Abu Dhabi woke up to find the emirates blanketed in fog over the weekend, causing flight delays and cancellations during the busy holiday period.

The National Centre for Meteorology issued an advisory on Saturday warning that dense fog was expected to develop over most parts of the country overnight, and would continue into Sunday and Monday mornings.

Emirates put out a travel update on Sunday morning warning of flight disruption at Dubai International Airport.

The airline cancelled 10 flights on Sunday due to the fog. Flights affected were between Dubai and Tehran, Bahrain, Dammam, Kuwait, Larnaca, Basra, Ammam, Budapest, Hong Kong and Baghdad, according to its website.

Meanwhile, Etihad said on Saturday morning it had been experiencing several delays and cancellations due to fog in Abu Dhabi.

The rare phenomenon, which makes the city’s skyscrapers look as though they’re emerging from the clouds, only occurs a few times a year.

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