Jeddah has been covered in a suffocating sandstorm over the past few days, which has disrupted our daily lives. If you happen to find yourself outdoors when a blistering sandstorm strikes, just try to follow these simple tips.
1. Check for storm warnings
Especially before you plan to travel.
2. Search for shelter
Any sturdy structure will do, including a car.
3. Cover your head with a backpack or your arms
As objects can come hurling at you.
4. Cover your nose and mouth with the good old Arabian shimag
But wet it, so that it helps in filtering out most sand particles.
5. If you are driving remember to turn your headlights and fog lights on.
Ideally, you should stop driving, park your car and wait for the storm to die out.