UAE Weather: How To Stay Healthy During The Dust Storm

Are dust masks and air purifiers a necessity?
ByFarah AndrewsTuesday , 31 July 2018
UAE Weather: How To Stay Healthy During The Dust Storm
© Instagram/milacataldo, AQI

For the last three days, the UAE has been enveloped by a dust storm, leading to concerns about the quality of air. 

According to the Air Matters app, since 28 July, the UAE has rocketed from a "low" 3 on the UK's Air Quality Rankings (AQI), to a "very high" 10 - which sees it sit among Yosemite Valley, California and Bhiwadi, India, as one of the "worst" ranked cities on earth. 

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What Does This Mean? 

The app has also issued some advice for health, listing what we should and shouldn't be doing as the dust storm continues... 

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The App's Full Recommendations Are As Followed: 

Need to turn on air purifier: Air is heavily polluted, please close doors and windows and turn on air purifier, running at high-level.

Children and the elderly need special protection: Children and the elderly are advised to avoid outdoor physical exertion, and to avoid staying outdoors, especially in areas with heavy traffic.

Please close the window: Air is heavily polluted, not suitable for ventilation.

Make sure wear masks: Air is heavily polluted, concentrations of major pollutant is very high, make sure wearing a mask during outdoor activities, especially in areas with heavy traffic.

Not suitable for outdoor activities: Air is heavily polluted. Recommend to stay indoors and avoid outdoor exercise.

Air Will Be Back To Normal Soon 

It's not all bad news, however. When checking the lower ranked cities on the AQI from the last 30 days, Dubai doesn't feature in the top 100, proving that this spell of high pollution is down to the dust storm. 

On 28 July, the city was in the green "low" ranking, with an AQI of 3 - compared to the current 10. 

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Hopefully when the dust storm passes, we'll be back down to a healthy low AQI level. 

Before And After 

One Dubai resident has taken to Instagram to compare his usual crystal-clear city view, to the current very dusty vista, showing just how hazy it is out there:

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