Noise and non-ionizing electromagnetic radiation are two of the environmental challenges resulting from the rapid urban growth, transportation, industrialisation and population growth experienced in Dubai Emirate. Dubai Municipality is responsible for monitoring and managing noise and EMF in Dubai through a network of ground stations to ensure compliance with the Federal noise limits and the adopted EMF guidelines of International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP), respectively. The continuous network monitors noise and non-ionizing electromagnetic radiation in real time. The network's advanced communication system sends the captured data to the department's central database. Dubai Municipality specialists analyse the data and identify sites experiencing exceedances. Such analysis supports the preparation of action plans and suitable corrective actions for the impacted areas.
The network stations monitoring noise and electromagnetic radiation follow the latest European standards and comply with the essential requirements of EU directive 2004/108/EC, the International Telecommunication Union Guidance on monitoring of electromagnetic field levels (ITU-K.83) and the standards of the Spanish Association for Standardization (UNE-EN). Data accuracy is ensured through periodic calibration. All monitoring stations source energy from the solar panels. Dubai Municipality is continuously working on expanding the monitoring network of noise & Electromagnetic field to ensure comprehensive area coverage in line with the rapid urban growth of Dubai.