When my brother, Niyaz, posted about the sandstorm that hit the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, I thought, “We’re next.” What I didn’t know was that next actually meant within the next 24 hours! I woke up feeling suffocated, and could smell dust. Just as I got out of bed, I started sneezing uncontrollably. I looked out of our bedroom window and was surpised to find out that I couldn’t see the building across the street!
Our apartment has huge glass windows, which I keep closed most of the time during winter and all the time during summer, primarily because I’m highly allergic to dust. Yet these ultra fine dust particles always manage to find their way into the house. After breakfast, I took an antihistamine and headed for work.
By 4 in the afternoon, when we finally got time to leave our desks, the storm had mellowed down a bit. We went to the back side of the office to take pictures. There, I found a couple of our colleagues and a lot of other people from the other buildings. “Go ahead, take pictures,” said Masood. “But the storm isn’t so bad, I mean it won’t show in the pictures so I guess I won’t be taking pictures afterall,” I said. Masood laughed, “You’re just feeling shy!”
As you can see from the pictures above, it’s pretty much grayish brown everywhere. You almost can’t see the buildings past the palm trees. There isn’t a single cloud in the sky. And the winds were pretty strong. Temperature dropped from 28 C to 20 C.
With wave heights reaching up to 17 feet, beach goers are being advised to not venture out to sea.
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