Kuwait's fifth biggest oil producer in OPEC (Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries), halted all exports of oil and port operations, has suspended flights and closed schools in the face of a sand storm that covered the country with yellow.
The shipments of oil tankers were stopped until the weather improves, according to Mohammed al-Ajmi, spokesman for the state refiner Kuwait National Petroleum.
Ajmi also said that part of the maintenance work at refineries also was interrupted when the dust storm arrived.
Winds were gusting up to 45 km per hour, and reduced visibility to less than 150 at the airport in Kuwait, and to less than that in open areas.
It also stopped air traffic, incoming flights were diverted to airports in neighboring Gulf, as the head of operations in the Civil Aviation Authority Essam Al-Zamil told Kuwait News Agency.
It also suspended all flights departing until weather conditions improve.
Kuwait has been experiencing four years of severe drought, which facilitates the extinction of dust in the atmosphere due to wind.
For the most part, hit the sandstorms of Kuwait in the summer when temperatures reach 50 degrees Celsius