A strong earthquake of 8.0 magnitude has reportedly struck Iran, near the border with Pakistan, at 2.44pm UAE time (10:44am GMT) on Tuesday, the US Geological survey said.
The quake could be felt across the Gulf region and in Pakistan and India.
Residential and commercial buildings and hospitals in Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi have been evacuated. People have been standing outside their buildings fearing aftershocks. Jebel Ali, Sheikh Zayed Road and Emaar Square all seeing crowds under the building after the first earthquake.
According to Emirates 24l7 reporters, Al Garhoud hospital has been evacuated and buildings in Jumeirah Lake Towers and Dubai Marina have been evacuated.