Middle East

Thick fog shrouds Dubai ahead of New Year's Eve fireworks

  • A man takes photos of the Burj Khalifa, world's tallest tower, on a foggy day in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Friday, Dec. 30, 2016. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

    A man takes photos of the Burj Khalifa, world's tallest tower, on a foggy day in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Friday, Dec. 30, 2016. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)  (The Associated Press)

  • Two dogs play in the foggy desert on the outskirts of Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016. A heavy, seasonal fog drifted over the city-state on Saturday, causing flight delays ahead of an annual New Year's Eve fireworks display expected to draw hundreds of thousands of people to its downtown. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell)

    Two dogs play in the foggy desert on the outskirts of Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016. A heavy, seasonal fog drifted over the city-state on Saturday, causing flight delays ahead of an annual New Year's Eve fireworks display expected to draw hundreds of thousands of people to its downtown. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell)  (The Associated Press)

  • People take pictures at balcony on the 42nd floor of a building on a foggy day in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Friday, Dec. 30, 2016. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

    People take pictures at balcony on the 42nd floor of a building on a foggy day in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Friday, Dec. 30, 2016. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)  (The Associated Press)

A thick fog has shrouded downtown Dubai ahead of a New Year's Eve fireworks display at the world's tallest building.

The seasonal fog, which has struck around the United Arab Emirates this week, hid the Burj Khalifa from view Saturday morning.

A fireworks display at the building, the world's tallest at 828 meters (2,716 feet), is expected to draw hundreds of thousands of people on Saturday night.

Meanwhile, the fog caused flight delays at Dubai International Airport, the world's busiest for international travel.

The UAE's National Center of Meteorology & Seismology issued a fog warning Saturday morning, saying that visibility had dropped below 100 meters (110 yards) in most areas.

High humidity and falling temperatures cause the fog to roll in seasonally along the coast of the Arabian Peninsula.