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Dubai launches $136m plan to achieve world’s best air quality

Officials have announced plans to conduct $136m worth of quality initiatives and projects designed to establish Dubai as the world’s best city for air quality

Officials have unveiled a $136m plan to establish Dubai as the world’s best city for air quality.
Officials have unveiled a $136m plan to establish Dubai as the world’s best city for air quality.

Officials have announced plans to conduct $136m (AED500m) of quality initiatives and projects designed to establish Dubai as the world’s best city for air quality.

Dubai Municipality’s (DM) Air Quality Strategy for the Emirate of Dubai for 2017-2021 took approximately one year to prepare, and was drafted in conjunction with the General Secretariat of the Executive Council.

The strategy comprises three focusses, namely: ‘City with World-Class Air Purity Standards’, ‘Sectors Grow with Sustainable Vision and Patterns’, and ‘An Environmentally Educated and Responsible Community’.

Its objectives are in keeping with those of the Dubai 2021 plan, which aims to make Dubai a “smart, sustainable city and a better place to live and work”, according to DM.

Eng Hussain Nasser Lootah, DM’s director general, commented: “[The strategy includes] quality initiatives and exceptional projects to make the surrounding air in the emirate comply with global specifications and standards, which is a qualitative shift in the environmental and health fields, because these pollutants adversely affect public health.”

Eng Alia Al Harmoudi, director of DM’s environment department, revealed that the plan’s preliminary stage would include several technical reviews of international best practice, technical analysis of current and future air quality in Dubai, and the creation of accurate digital simulation models for air pollutants.

DM and its partners will also launch smart air quality stations to monitor air quality in the emirate.

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