High Winds Result in Dust Storms, Decreasing Air Quality in the UAE
The air quality in certain parts of the UAE is deteriorating due to a significant increase in wind strength originating from the south over the weekend. Inland areas are expected to experience wind speeds of up to 25kph on Saturday, resulting in poor driving conditions and potential difficulties for individuals with respiratory conditions.
Worsening Air Quality in UAE Due to Strong Winds and Pollutants
According to the IQ Air index, a global benchmark for air quality, certain areas of Dubai were classified as "hazardous" at noon on Saturday. The primary pollutants of concern were PM10 and PM2.5, which refer to particulate matter of different sizes. These particles are derived from both natural and human sources, contributing to the decline in air quality.
UAE Faces Severe Dust Storms Impacting Air Quality; High Temperatures Expected to Soar
Dubai Industrial Park was particularly affected, with an Air Quality Index (AQI) rating of 931, while nearby Jebel Ali Village recorded an AQI of 881. Moreover, temperatures in Abu Dhabi and Dubai are expected to soar to highs of 45ºC on Saturday. Although wind strength along coastal regions will diminish, speeds could increase to 40kph on Sunday, accompanied by slightly cooler temperatures. The country will continue to experience hot and humid conditions in the coming week, with coastal areas reaching highs of 46ºC and humidity levels around 80 percent , On Saturday, Dubai's average air quality was measured at 592, indicating a "very unhealthy" level. In Abu Dhabi, the air quality registered a measurement of 168, indicating an "unhealthy" level. Air pollution in Dubai stems from various sources, including transportation, construction activities, and sandstorms, among others.
Health Experts in the UAE Stress Precautionary Measures Amid Dusty and Windy Conditions
Expert advice from doctors in the UAE emphasized the importance of taking precautionary measures in response to the current dusty and windy conditions. They advised individuals to stay indoors whenever possible and wear masks if they need to venture outside. Dr. Kiran Kumar, head of internal medicine at Thumbay University Hospital in Ajman, particularly highlighted the need for individuals with respiratory illnesses, children, and the elderly to avoid dust exposure by staying indoors. If they do go outdoors, wearing masks is strongly recommended. Dr. Kumar further explained that air pollution has detrimental effects on health, as individuals with underlying respiratory conditions like asthma may experience worsening coughs and breathing difficulties when exposed to dust and smoke. Chronic exposure to poor air quality is also associated with impaired lung function and an increased risk of heart disease, according to reports.