With the desert country experiencing a cold spell and above-average rainfall, Dubai airport's meteorology department said on Thursday that snow fell over the al-Jiys mountain range in the most northerly member of the UAE federation.

  

The Gulf News daily reported that the mountain cluster, 1737 metres above sea level, "had heavy night-time snowfall for the past two days as a result of temperatures dropping to as low as -5C".

  

On Monday, 12.6 millimetres of rain fell on the desert emirate of Dubai, where it hardly ever rains.

 

Unused to the conditions, over 500 accidents were reported to police within 24 hours.

 

A cold spell has hit the country this week, with the mercury plunging to 12C in Dubai on Wednesday night.

 

The meteorology department said the chilly weather in Dubai, where summer temperatures can reach 50C, will probably end by next week