Massive Dust-Storm Envelopes Qatar and other Gulf Countries…

Qatar was lashed by a severe sandstorm around 10pm on Wednesday night, drastically reducing visibility.

Strong wind and poor visibility due to dust are also forecast for Thursday. While the minimum temperature will range from 22 to 23C, the maximum is expected to fluctuate between 25 and 30C at various locations in the country.

Citing “extreme weather conditions,” Qatar’s Supreme Education Council has decided that private and public schools should remain shut today.

Several universities are also closed today, including Northwestern University in Qatar, Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar, Georgetown University in Qatar and Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar. The College of the North Atlantic Qatar has also announced it will be shut.

The move comes as Qatar residents wake up after one of the worst sandstorms the country has seen in years. Photo: Najeer Feroke