Heavy winds saw a crane collapse in Dubai which then set off an inferno, which injured one person.
Three vehicles were also destroyed in the sudden fire.
Among other weather-related incidents, trees were uprooted and traffic was severely disrupted.
Poor visibility across the area caused several accidents and trapped many residents indoors to avoid an impeding dust storm.
The freak weather led to the cancellation of a stage in the Tour of Dubai because the strong winds posed a danger to the cyclists.
According to the UAE Met Office, temperatures plunged to minus two degrees across several mountainous regions.
Police warned people against going outside, although the rarity of the occassion saw many flock to the snow-covered landscapes.
Social media users tweeted their delight at the weather and snapped their own snowmen.
However, others tweeted that the freak weather had caused them to reevaluate all of their beliefs.
Some users described the weather as “apocalyptic” while others remarked that the “final hour was approaching”.