x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 24 July 2017

Dubai soil survey unearths surprises

The results of a soil testing programme recently started by Dubai Municipality reveal high concentrations of heavy metals such as nickel and chromium in soils in Hatta.

Tests on soil in Hatta have revealed high concentrations of heavy metals such as nickel and chromium.

However, according to Dr Husni Jasser, environmental expert at Dubai Municipality, the metals are present naturally – not because of human intervention – and do not seem to be negatively impacting the food chain.

The findings are part of an effort to monitor soil quality around the emirate. The expert team took samples from 30 different areas in Dubai and carried out the tests in collaboration with the Dubai Central Laboratory.

Dr Abdussalam Salih, head of the environment monitoring section at the municipality, said the results showed that Dubai’s soil was a good quality compared to international standards.

Dubai Municipality is planning draft laws to protect soil quality in the emirate.

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