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    • ISSN: 2010-0221 (Print)
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Prof. Dr. Shen-Ming Chen
National Taipei University of Technology, Taiwan

IJCEA 2017 Vol.8(5): 340-343 ISSN: 2010-0221
doi: 10.18178/ijcea.2017.8.5.680

Ambient Air Quality Assessment of Twelve Inhabited Areas in the State of Kuwait between Years 2011-2014

Ayed A. Al-Fadhli

Abstract—Environmental awareness is of growing concern in the state of Kuwait, especially after the recognition of Kuwait Environment Public Authority (KUEPA) as a separate entity with legal power back in year 2001. In this relation, the outdoor air quality data collected over the period of five years (2011-2014) were analyzed for twelve residential areas in the state of Kuwait which cover most of the country living territories. Data points were collected in two different time spans; monthly average data points and annual mean averages which were used to calculate the Year Average Common Air Quality Index (YACAQI) city background sites for the following pollutants: SO2, NO2, PM10 & Benzene in order to compare Kuwait outdoor air quality in compare to the European norms using the air quality index (AQI) in a unit-less to identify how polluted the air was and deviation severity. The results indicate that the YACAQI for NO2 and PM10 are above the European standard to all the studied area, where the as for SO2 level were found to be below YACAQI except for three locations which are Al-Shuaiba industrial area, Al-Feheheel & Al-Salam residential areas.

Index Terms—KUEPA, YACAQI, AQI, SO2, NO2, PM10, Benzene.

Ayed A. Al-Fadhli is with Kuwait Petroleum Corporation, P. O. Box 26565, 13126, Safat, Kuwait (e-mail:


Cite: Ayed A. Al-Fadhli, "Ambient Air Quality Assessment of Twelve Inhabited Areas in the State of Kuwait between Years 2011-2014," International Journal of Chemical Engineering and Applications vol. 8, no. 5, pp. 340-343, 2017.

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