Beaches near Burj Al Arab and another one located close to the Umm Suqeim Park have been closed by the Dubai Municipality as traces of Red Tide have surfaced.
Red tide is the result of an influx of a type of algal bloom; it is so named because it turns the water a reddish colour.
Mohammad Abdul Rehman Hassan, the head of the marine environment and wildlife section said "They have surfaced again and so we have decided to close the beaches to ensure the safety of beachgoers. People are advised not to venture into these two beaches. They should make no contact with the water, nor consume the dead fishes that are washed ashore. Care should also be taken not to inhale the air after a wave hits the shoreline. This can prove hazardous to health."
Hassan did not rule out the possibility of shutting down more beaches if the Red Tide continues to frequent the area.