Dust storms and dust at Abu Dhabi International Airport

09 Dec 2016

Estimates have been made that, annually, up to about two billion tons of dust are carried up into the atmosphere, mainly by dust storms. One dust storm can lift and deposit more than 200 tons of dust (Griffin et al., 2002). The Arabian Peninsula has been listed as one of five major dust-producing regions (Idso, 1976), while Goudie (1983) adds that dust storms are frequent in the area.