Five people were rescued from the water near the Burj Al Arab yesterday due to rough conditions.

Dubai Police have warned people against swimming when strong currents are in the water after five people were rescued from the ocean near the Burj Al Arab yesterday.

“People should avoid swimming in the rough conditions until weather conditions get better,” said Lt. Col Jumaa Butti Al Falasi, who is the Director of Dubai Police Search and Rescue.

He predicts that the strong currents and rough conditions will have passed by “next Tuesday”, but notes that whenever you see red flags on the beach in Dubai that is a warning not to swim in the ocean. 

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The warnings come after five people were rescued from the sea near the Burj Al Arab yesterday.

“Earlier today, the Dubai Police rescue team successfully saved five from drowning,” Al Falasi explained.


“The separate incidents, which took place near Burj Al Arab beach in Dubai, occurred within one hour of each other [between 11.30am and 12.30pm].”

“High wave action makes swimming difficult and can tire even a strong swimmer quickly,” he explained of the danger. “Structural currents can sweep you out into deeper water along the pier structure. Structural currents form along piers where longshore currents and wave action flow into the structure.”

The Dubai Police Search and Rescue team is on call 24/7 and have rescure boats, water bikes and police cars. In case of emergency call the Dubai Police operation room on 999 and explain the situation and the location.

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