The accident took place at around 7am on the Business Bay Bridge crossing towards Al Rebbat Road, Dubai Police said. It was not immediately clear what caused the accident.
According to Dubai police students, and four adults - the bus attendant, bus driver, a member of school staff, and the water tanker driver - suffered minor injuries. They were all rushed to Rashid Hospital. Four of the students had been discharged by 10 am, while nine other children were being kept under observation.
The accident, which took place shortly before 7 am, resulted in heavy traffic congestion during the morning rush hour. Debris had however been cleared just over an hour later, by 8:20 am. “All the vehicles involved in the earlier road accident have been removed. Traffic is back to normal in Business Bay Crossing bridge”, Dubai Police tweeted.
According to an employee of the school, speaking to UAE newspaper, Gulf News, everyone had been asleep "and suddenly the bus braked hard. We all hit our heads on the seat ahead. Some glass windows shattered as well. I was told the bus had hit a water tanker. I am still trembling with fright."
According to a statement from GEMS Our Own English High School, Al Warqaa:
“We can confirm there was an incident involving one of our school buses on the way to school this morning."
"All students are safe, however, a small number of students and staff sustained minor injuries and have been taken to hospital where they are being treated. All other students who were involved have been taken back to school and have been given a thorough check-up by the school doctor.
"Our priority is to ensure that our students are safe and secure. We can confirm that all students had their seat belts on at the time of the accident, which was in slow moving traffic at Business Bay.”