View of part of the Fujairah Corniche and the Hajar Mountains in the Background

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

UAE Assessing Environmental Health Risks

Medical News Today reports on an important development:

“The United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.) has signed a contract with researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Public Health to lead an assessment of health risks due to environmental factors in the country, one of the fastest developing nations in the world.”

“‘The U.A.E. is developing at an unprecedented pace and scale,’ said principal investigator Jacqueline MacDonald. ‘In the past 40 years, it has gone from a small, mostly nomadic and seafaring economy to a major industrial nation. While all the developments have brought some vast improvements in public health, they have also brought some concerns about risks due to environmental hazards that come with an industrialized economy.’

More on this assessment contract:
Medical News Today, 11 June 2008

Image: Dubai: “from a small, mostly nomadic and seafaring economy…”