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Was Dubai Under Flood In October 2023?


Claim: Heavy Flood Occurred in Dubai on 28 October 2023


A TikTok video widely shared on WhatsApp and originally posted by @disaster513 on TikTok, has recently gone viral claiming that Dubai has encountered a significant flood on October 28, 2023. The video tagged Dubai Flood 2023. The rich also cry. No Nation is Perfect” it garnered 71 likes, 11 comments, and 31 shares, with reactions expressing sympathy, such as “very painful” by @FaithK Rose.

The 2023 United Nations Climate Change Conference or Conference of the Parties of the UNFCCC, more commonly referred to as COP28, will be the 28th United Nations Climate Change Conference, held from November 30 until December 12, 2023, at the Expo City, Dubai.

The first Global Stocktake (GST) will provide a comprehensive assessment of progress since adopting the Paris Agreement.  This will help align the efforts on climate action, including measures that need to be put in place to bridge the gaps in progress.

The COP28 UAE presidency will work to ensure that the world responds to the GST with a clear action plan.


A simple search on Google found that the claim about the Dubai flood video was untrue, the viral video on TikTok and WhatsApp wasn’t even from Dubai or October 28, 2023. It was actually a computer-generated image (CGI) of the Burj Khalifa with an umbrella, created by UAE Forsan and posted on YouTube user, 10 months ago.

Users of  TikTok and X (formerly Twitter) shared it, falsely claiming it was from New York City or Hong Kong.  Further search using Google Reverse Search and Invid to verify the video’s origin and authenticity, shows that the video was manipulated using the standard JPEG library, which is commonly used by many devices and platforms.

It was found that the earliest version of the video was actually posted on TikTok on September 9, 2023, by a user named @user ERICSON1  with no comments.

The video was actually falsely claimed to be from New York City on X (formerly Twitter) by @L_O_R_N_A1984 on September 30, 2023, at 1:45 PM. It received quite a bit of attention with 9754 views, 20 comments, 73 retweets, 112 likes, and 2 bookmarks. Another TikTok post by drenarddgray, Israelite Business, claimed that it happened in Hong Kong on September 9, 2023.


Given the evidence available, the claim that a heavy flood occurred in Dubai, United Arab Emirates on 28 October 2023 is MISLEADING.


By Dare Akogun

Dare Akogun

Dare Akogun is a dynamic media innovator, strategic communication professional, and seasoned climate and environmental sustainability journalist with over 10 years of influential contributions to the media industry.

He Currently serving as the Head of Digital Media, Senior News Editor, and a presenter at Sobi FM 101.9, a leading radio station in Ilorin, Nigeria.

Dare is on a mission to leverage his media innovation expertise and project management skills to produce high-quality, accurate, and engaging content, while advocating for reduced fossil fuel consumption, especially coal, to combat effect of global warming.

He has covered comprehensively environmental issues and COP conferences, including COP28 in Dubai last year , COP 27 in Egypt, and the United Nations Least Developed Countries conference in Doha, in 2023.

He is a recipient of fellowship to be part of a 15 team of journalists selected worldwide to cover the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue 2024.

He has a Master's Degree in Mass Communication, from the University of Lagos, a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism from the Lagos State University and also a
Certification in Business Administration and Management, from the Babson College, Massachusetts, United States of America.

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