What do people who suffer from environmental or food allergies need to know?
I can see that if you already have respiratory problems, this would probably not be the best post to clear it up. There will always be sand and dust in the air and, of course, some pollution from the cars and factories like in any other big city. Having food allergies shouldn't be a problem. Labels are in English and are easy to read. The schools are all nut-free, but Arabs cook and bake a lot with nuts. Restaurant staff might not always be aware of what's exactly in the food, but as long as you are cautious, you should be okay here. You can be on a gluten-free diet here, too. Grocery stores have a little gluten-free section and all of the major hotels will offer gluten-free foods at their buffets and restaurants. - Jun 2019
You can get a lot of stuff here for any dietary requirement. Locals use a lot of nuts in their food, be prepared. - Sep 2017
Dust storms are the worst and always cause respiratory problems for our family. I won't miss those. - Jun 2015