Good air quality is essential for the health and wellbeing of the population in Abu Dhabi Emirate and an intrinsic part of what makes it an attractive place to live and work. Therefore, for sustained growth in the emirate, it is crucial to maintain good quality air standards while pursuing economic development. Air pollution incurs costs associated with low employee productivity, health care, reduced agricultural yields, poor visibility that impacts transportation activities, and the cleanliness and maintenance requirements of infrastructure.
Percentage of time within national air quality limits in 2015
Changes in air quality in Abu Dhabi Emirate are primarily brought about by population growth with a concomitant increase in demand for resources, as well as transport emissions.
Pollutants of major concern in Abu Dhabi Emirate are particulate matter and ozone. Sulphur dioxide levels are within UAE limits in most of the ambient air quality monitoring network, although an increase in concentrations has been observed over the past few years in the Al Dhafra Region. Hydrogen sulphide concentrations are not at harmful levels to the public, but frequent episodes of odour nuisance due to hydrogen sulphide have been recorded. Levels of nitrogen dioxide and carbon monoxide are below the limits set in the UAE air quality standard.