The head of the UAE's National Centre of Meteorology and Seismology has said the launch of its first Arab channel on YouTube will help dismiss weather rumours on social media sites.
Dr Abdullah Al Mandoos, executive director of the National Centre of Meteorology and Seismology, said the launch of the channel will take place after Eid al-Fitr.
In an interview with UAE news agency WAM, he said the channel will broadcast daily and weekly weather programmes in both Arab and English. He added that it will also feature health, touristic programmes and other related activities.
The launch of the channel comes as part of a plan to enhance services in line with the vision of the leadership to upgrade electronic government in the shift to smart government, WAM said.
Al Mandoos said the decree to set up the NCMS channel was aimed at unifying sources of information regarding the weather forecast, adding that such reports would be credible and reliable.
He added that the channel will allow access to information about the weather and other phenomena, such as earthquakes, using smart technology.