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Dubai says air quality hits 88%, meets international standards

Dubai Municipality sets up 13 monitoring stations to identify pollution hot-spots across the emirate

Dubai says air quality hits 88%, meets international standards

Dubai Municipality has confirmed that the air quality in the emirate conforms to the approved international standards and pollution hot-spot have been identified and will be closely monitored.

The level of air quality in Dubai reached 88 percent by the end of 2015, which is higher than the target level of 85 percent, news agency WAM reported.

Hussain Nasser Lootah, director general of Dubai Municipality, said the municipality has launched 13 smart stations to monitor the air quality in different locations of the emirate.

They cover industrial, commercial and residential areas as well as on the major roads of the emirate, he said.

Alya AbdulRahim Al Harmoudi, director of Environment Department at Dubai Municipality added that a new target of 90 percent air quality has been set for 2021.

She said that the first phase of the strategy has been completed, which is extensive analysis of the existing situation.

"Hot spot areas with the greatest vulnerability of contaminants have been identified. Currently, work is underway on the preparation of the second phase of the strategy project, which is to develop performance indicators," she said.

Al Harmoudi also said that the Municipality is currently working on the launch of a website for air quality in the emirate, which aims to increase environmental awareness among citizens, residents and visitors on the causes of air pollution.

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