The Irish woman who died in a bus crash in Dubai yesterday has been named as 27-year-old teacher Fiona Geraghty from Balbriggan in Co Dublin.  

She was on a year out and in Dubai with her partner when last night's fatal crash occurred.

The bus, which was travelling from Oman to Dubai, had 31 passengers on board when it apparently crashed into a low hanging warning sign.

The Department of Foreign Affairs here is providing consular assistance to the Irishman in his 20s who was travelling with Fiona. 

He is understood to be among the seven passengers hospitalised after the crash. His condition has been described as stable. Another passenger is in a critical condition.

Police have said the lane in Dubai's Rashidiya district was designated for cars only.

Mwasalat - a government-owned bus company in Oman - has apologised for the crash and suspended all trips between Muscat and Dubai until further notice.

In a statement released on Twitter, the bus company said 15 people had died at the scene while 16 others, including the driver, were taken to the Rashid hospital in Dubai.

The company promised to work with authorities in Dubai and has conveyed its deepest condolences to the families of those who died, who included 12 Indians, two Pakistanis and one Omani, who is believed to be the back-up driver of the bus.

Dubai Police said the crash occurred on Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road.

Emarat Al-Youm newspaper, citing Dubai police officials, said the crash occurred when the driver entered a lane not designated for buses and crashed into a height restriction sign.

Additional Reporting AFP