Air Pollution in Doha, Qatar
Real-time Air Quality monitoring project

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Location and extent of Qatar (dark green) on the Arabian Peninsula.

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There are good reasons to worry about the Air Pollution in Doha, especially because, according to this article from Doha news, Doha is ranked by the World Health Organization among the world’s most polluted cities.

Unfortunately, official Air Quality monitoring in Qatar is not available. But from this article, the Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute is working, since 2013, on setting up the official Air Quality Monitoring System in Doha.

While waiting for the official data to be published, there are two alternative - and non official (i.e. non-governemental) - monitoring networks:
  • qatarairquality.org: The system is from the famous Carnegie Mellon University (cmu.edu) in Qatar. But, without surprise (and despite highly competent personel from CMU), the website has stopped publishing data for more than one year.

  • dohadust.org: This system is from Alex Johnson, and using a low-cost affordable Shinyei sensor. Despite beeing low-cost, it can still give a good indication of the actual particulate matter levels.
Doha real-time Air Pollution: Last 8 days hourly air pollution data from Alex Johnson's sensor

Please note that the above values are raw and not converted to AQI, so they should not be compared to the AQI from other cities

Dust Storm in Doha

Dust Storm in April 2015, in Doha (attribution: Alex Johnson)

Forecast

Air Quality Forecast for Qatar

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About the Air Quality and Pollution Measurement:

About the Air Quality Levels

AQIAir Pollution LevelHealth ImplicationsCautionary Statement (for PM2.5)
0 - 50 Good Air quality is considered satisfactory, and air pollution poses little or no risk None
51 -100 Moderate Air quality is acceptable; however, for some pollutants there may be a moderate health concern for a very small number of people who are unusually sensitive to air pollution. Active children and adults, and people with respiratory disease, such as asthma, should limit prolonged outdoor exertion.
101-150 Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups Members of sensitive groups may experience health effects. The general public is not likely to be affected. Active children and adults, and people with respiratory disease, such as asthma, should limit prolonged outdoor exertion.
151-200 Unhealthy Everyone may begin to experience health effects; members of sensitive groups may experience more serious health effects Active children and adults, and people with respiratory disease, such as asthma, should avoid prolonged outdoor exertion; everyone else, especially children, should limit prolonged outdoor exertion
201-300 Very Unhealthy Health warnings of emergency conditions. The entire population is more likely to be affected. Active children and adults, and people with respiratory disease, such as asthma, should avoid all outdoor exertion; everyone else, especially children, should limit outdoor exertion.
300+ Hazardous Health alert: everyone may experience more serious health effects Everyone should avoid all outdoor exertion

To know more about Air Quality and Pollution, check the wikipedia Air Quality topic or the airnow guide to Air Quality and Your Health.

For very useful health advices of Beijing Doctor Richard Saint Cyr MD, check www.myhealthbeijing.com blog.


Usage Notice: All the Air Quality data are unvalidated at the time of publication, and due to quality assurance these data may be amended, without notice, at any time. The World Air Quality Index project has exercised all reasonable skill and care in compiling the contents of this information and under no circumstances will the World Air Quality Index project team or its agents be liable in contract, tort or otherwise for any loss, injury or damage arising directly or indirectly from the supply of this data.



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