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By: Manar Fawzi Bani Mfarrej , Nida Ali Qafisheh and Moez Mohamed Bahloul

Environmental Health & Safety Program, Abu Dhabi University, Abu Dhabi, UAE. Laboratoire des Sciences de l’Environnement et Développement Durable (LASED), LR18ES32, University of Sfax, Sfax, Tunisia.

Indoor Air Quality in UAE Homes

Overall, the current study has revealed that IAQ in selected houses located in Abu Dhabi, UAE is normal for VOCs and CO, whereas can be considered as bad for CH2O and CO2 concentrations. Therefore, it is highly recommended to frequent open doors and windows during ventilation time or to use mechanical ventilation systems. Additionally, it is worth noting that, some particles in the air such as dust can reach high concentrations due to outdoor activities and Saharan advection. Therefore, a constant monitoring of IAQ is required for better health conditions of homes’ residents.

This study provides a baseline for further investigation of IAQ in UAE and to determine its impact on residents’ health. In the same context, additional research is needed to develop suitable mitigation strategies for improving indoor air quality in different residential compartments that can help improve the overall health condition.

Investigation of Indoor Air Quality inside houses from the UAE
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In conclusion, this study has highlighted the importance of maintaining a good indoor air quality in residences located in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Results showed that VOCs and CO had normal levels, whereas CH2O and CO2 concentrations exceeded standard values. Therefore, it is recommended to ensure sufficient ventilation by frequent opening doors and windows or using mechanical ventilation systems. Additionally, constant monitoring of IAQ is necessary for better health conditions of homes’ residents. Further research should be conducted to develop suitable strategies for improving indoor air quality in residential areas and determining its impact on residents’ health.

On the contrary, there is serious pollution in the UAE mainly caused by exploitation of the natural resources, rapid population growth, and high traffic density. While there are measures being taken by the UAE government to improve air quality, pressures from both natural and man-made factors are still significant.

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