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Posted On: 2 April 2019 09:00 am
Updated On: 21 January 2021 10:01 am

Five ways to stay safe during a sandstorm in Qatar

Khadiza Begum
Khadiza Begum
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[UPDATED] 21 January 2021:

Qatar Meteorology Department has reported that according to weather charts, the country will be affected by fresh to strong Northwesterly winds from Wednesday night to Friday (20 January - 22 January 2021).

Qatar Meteorological Department calls on everyone to be careful and to avoid all marine activities during the warning period as well as to follow up the latest updates through its official accounts. The marine warning continues until Saturday, January 23.

Read more: QMD weather forecast: Strong winds and drop in temperature from Wednesday night


Forecasts from the meteorological department indicate strong winds and low visibility in most parts of Qatar due to dust storms. Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) said sandstorms can lead to health problems in some people, such as symptoms of sinus allergies and respiratory infections, especially in people with chronic diseases.

The public is advised to take the following precautions during a sandstorm

1. Avoid going outside, especially during high winds or low visibility when the dust levels are particularly harmful.

2. Cover your nose and mouth with a mask or damp cloth to reduce inhalation of particles of dust.

3. When driving, keep the car windows closed.

4. Avoid rubbing your eyes to prevent eye infections.

5. Individuals who experience mild symptoms such as watering eyes, cough, or wheezing should go to their Primary Health Care Center while those who have severe breathing problems may have a lung infection and should go to the Emergency Department.

Have you been affected by the sandstorm? Tell us about your experience in the comments below and don't forget to share these tips with others!

(Cover image credit of Hamad Medical Corporation)