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Kwasi Gyamfi Asiedu
By Kwasi Gyamfi Asiedu March 19, 2024

Video of flooding shows scenes from Oman, not Saudi Arabia or United Arab Emirates

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An Instagram video opens with a dramatic scene: A man hangs onto a pole as floodwaters swirl around him. Flash floods deluge roads and towns.

Text at the top of the March 10 video says, "Saudi Arabia, (United Arab Emirates), March 9, 2024." Text at the bottom says, "Climate is changing due to 12,000 years cycle." Later in the footage, text appears on screen that says, "To create a public demand for solving climate problems, share this post, tell your friends and acquaintances about climate change on your social networks."

The Instagram video was flagged as part of Meta’s efforts to combat false news and misinformation on its News Feed. (Read more about our partnership with Meta, which owns Facebook and Instagram.)

But the video does not show flooding in Saudi Arabia or the United Arab Emirates. Some of the footage is from Oman, a different country in the Persian Gulf region that has had severe flooding recently.

A March 9 Instagram video on an account called Oman Weather Updates showed the man hanging onto the pole in the March 10 Instagram video and described him as being stuck "in a wadi (a valley) near Madhah Dam and he was rescued by Royal Oman Police."

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From the two- to nine-second mark in the March 10 video, a flooded market street is shown. The names of two shops — Anwar al Khaleej Markets and Taiba Modern Bakery — are visible in the footage. A Google Maps search shows the neighboring shops are on the al Jmea Road in Al Buraimi, Oman.

A Feb. 12 photo on X also shows flooding in front of Anwar al Khaleej Markets.

Although the United Arab Emrates experienced intense rainfall Mar. 9,  we found no news reports of flooding in Saudi Arabia that day.

Similar claims have said footage showed flooding in one Arab country when it was another. After last September’s floods in Libya that killed more than 11,000 people, social media posts misleadingly shared videos of flooding in Saudi Arabia that occurred seven years before.

We rate the claim that this video shows flooding in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates on March 9, 2024, False.

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