Abu Dhabi’s New Noise-Mapping Initiative Aims to Quiet the Loudest Neighbourhoods

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Abu Dhabi, UAE

The Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD) has initiated a groundbreaking noise-mapping study to identify the noisiest neighbourhoods in the emirate.

This comprehensive initiative aims to pinpoint various sources of noise pollution and determine the residential areas most affected by high noise levels.

Faisal Al Hammadi, Executive Director of the Environmental Quality Sector at EAD, emphasized the importance of the study. “Our goal at the EAD is always to ensure that we are creating the best environment for all Abu Dhabi residents,” he said.

“To this end, we launched the noise mapping initiative to gather detailed scientific data from a variety of locations in the emirate to highlight the sources of noise pollution and the residential areas that are the worst affected.”

The initiative will involve collecting noise data from multiple locations across Abu Dhabi. This data will be used to create a detailed map highlighting the areas with the highest noise levels. The map will serve as a critical tool for both immediate and long-term planning and mitigation efforts.

A Noise Committee, consisting of over 10 government entities, has been formed to oversee the project. The committee will use the findings to develop strategies and initiatives aimed at reducing noise pollution in the emirate.

“Then we can arm ourselves with information that, in the long run, will allow us to develop temporary and permanent mitigation measures in collaboration with our stakeholders,” Al Hammadi added.

The noise-mapping project is a continuation of EAD’s efforts to monitor and improve environmental quality.

“We started to monitor ambient noise in the emirate since 2007 through our air quality monitoring network, and the current initiative is a continuation of our commitment to improve the environment,” Al Hammadi explained.

The data collected will also help health authorities assess potential health risks associated with high noise levels.

It will enable city planners to make informed decisions about land-use and zoning regulations, ensuring that sensitive areas like residential zones or schools are protected from high noise sources, such as industrial or commercial activities.

By building a comprehensive and precise representation of noise pollution across the emirate, EAD aims to guide future decision-making and improve the quality of life for Abu Dhabi residents.


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