Every year, 6.5 million people die from exposure to indoor and outdoor air pollution, and 9 out of 10 people breathe contaminated outdoor air that exceeds the acceptable levels set by the World Health Organization guidelines. The effects of air pollution are not limited to health only, but extend to other economic and social aspects.
In the UAE, air quality is one of the key issues in the UAE National Vision 2021 agenda. The agenda aims to raise air quality from its current level to 90% by 2021. To meet this goal, the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment is working with its partners in the public and private sectors to bolster national efforts through various means, such as the use of state-of-the-art systems and techniques and the adoption of best practices. These include developing and enhancing the national standards for air pollution and compliance control, the transition to a green economy, and increasing the use of clean energy in different fields, the sustainability of the transport sector, the development of an air quality control network and the reliance on intelligent technologies and solutions in monitoring types of pollutants.
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