Old unrelated videos linked with recent April 16, 2024 Dubai flash floods!

The viral claim shows compilation of old videos and Russia flood clips falsely purporting as recent Dubai floods


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On April 16, 2024, a year’s worth of rain caused massive flash flooding in Dubai, turning streets into rivers and submerging homes and businesses. In the meantime, there is a tonne of videos on the internet connecting it to the recent flood in Dubai.

In this instance, a one-minute and two-second film consists of numerous montages of clips assembled with an infographic titled “Dubai Flood Today, April 16, 2024.” This post is shared stating, “There is no value in expensive cars, luxurious homes, or lots of money on a dead planet. What’s happening today in Dubai is exactly what a climate crisis looks like. Even the luxurious city can’t stand for long in Climate Catastrophe. Act Now before it’s too late.” You can view a similar claim post here.

What’s the truth?

Using every keyframe from the viral video, we began the analysis. A YouTube video from March 6, 2024, shows the first tall tower buildings encircled by water, with rain falling and appearing as fog-like smoke. The 11-second video is titled ‘Dubai Floods’ which is old and not related to the recent floods.

Next, we see the Dubai, Global Village section around 21 seconds with the entrance arch which is surrounded by the water. Using the reverse image search with the keyframes of the viral clip led us to another YouTube video. This video was captioned “Dubai Global Village Flood of Water” and posted on the date of March 9, 2024. This indicates that the viral video is outdated and has nothing to do with the recent flash floods in Dubai that began on April 16, 2024.

Next, we see a large number of house roofs bound by water. The scene looks like lots of houses are under the water except their roofs. We discovered that those weren’t from the floods in Dubai, but rather from the floods in Russia by using the reverse image process with pertinent keywords.

Additionally, we acquired an article with an aerial view of those houses, all completely submerged under floodwaters except for their roofs. The article was titled “Russian Orenburg continues to go underwater” along with a video.

The BBC News also published an article about this same story, which you can read here. Additionally, a news reporter posted the same video to his X page, which can be viewed here, with the caption “scenes in Russia.”

Lastly, a clip shows ‘Al Iftar Restaurant’ surrounded by flood waters. When we checked this clip with the reverse image process we could see the same clip from the TikTok video dated February 10. This means this clip is old and not related to the current Dubai floods.

All of the information above indicates that the widely shared video is actually a compilation of numerous unrelated, old videos that are not connected to the recent April 16, 2024, flash floods in Dubai.


Therefore, we deduce that the widely shared video, which combines multiple clips and purports to depict the recent flooding in Dubai, is inaccurate and deceptive.

In reality, it shows outdated video clips falsely linked with the recent April 16, 2024 floods.

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Indu Meenakshi

Indu Meenakshi is a former Microbiologist-turned-journalist, works as a Sub-Editor at YouTurn. She additionally holds Master’s in Management and English Literature. As a fact-checker, her job entails actively dispelling false information found online, exposing fake news, and raising public awareness.
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