Abu Dhabi - Post Report Question and Answers

What is the air quality like at post (good/moderate/bad)? Are there seasonal air quality issues? Does the air quality have an impact on health?

There is almost always dust in the air, but changing of seasons makes it worse. - Feb 2020

During the “colder months” (October-April) the air quality is okay, but like mentioned above, during the summer, the air quality can be bad. It's so hot then, that people don't do much outside anyway. Many families (or rather the non-working spouse and kids) choose to escape the heat and spend the worst summer months back at home. So, I would say moderate air quality. It's not as good as in Switzerland, but also not as bad as in India or China. - Jun 2019

It varies, because of dust storms it can be bad sometimes. It does affect people with asthma. - Sep 2017

Air quality can be iffy with the sand storms, but my occasionally asthmatic son has not had too many problems here. It's just extremely humid in summer. - Jun 2015

Generally dusty, even in the best weather. I think the real problems come not from the air outside but from the universal reliance on air-conditioning and the increasing prevalence of sealed buildings that never allow access to fresh air. We had terrible air-conditioning-related mold problems and resulting breathing problems throughout our tour. - May 2013

Sandstorms and the fogs in the winter are uncomfortable, but relatively uncommon, experiences. - Jul 2012

Moderate to poor - it's dusty much of the year, with sandstorms reduce visibility to zero, heavy fogs, and, for much of the summer, deeply unpleasant humidity like no where else I've lived. - Aug 2011

Moderate. A lot of sand and dust in the air. Occasional sand storms come over from Saudi Arabia, but otherwise hot and sunny every day. - Jul 2011

It's not very good when a dust storm kicks up, but it is tolerable. I have asthma but never had any problems with the dust. When the seasons change, my allergies get really bad though. - Nov 2010

It seems to be ok. I cough a lot more now than before I moved here. - Jan 2010

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