Asthma and respiratory symptoms among school children in United Arab Emirates

F. Al-Maskari, A. Bener, A. Al-Kaabi, N. Al-Suwaidi, N. Norman, J. Brebner

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Objectives: To determine the prevalence of asthma, wheezing, hay fever, and eczema among primary school children aged 6-13 years in United Arab Emirates (UAE). Design: A cross-sectional study on school children was performed using the International Study of Asthma and Allergies in Childhood (ISAAC) questionnaires. Setting: Government primary school children in seven Emirates, in UAE. Subjects: Subjects were selected by a multi-stage stratified sampling design. 4200 children targeted for this study, but only 3200 children aged 6-13 years were agreed to participate and responded to the study. The overall response rate was 69.8%. Results: The prevalence of physician diagnosed asthma was 13%, in addition, the wheeze by history was 15.6%. Furthermore, the prevalence of nocturnal cough was 21%. On the other hand, the prevalence of eczema was 11% and hay fever was 14.9%. Parental asthma but not parental atopy was associated with an increased risk of asthma and wheezing in children. Conclusions: The prevalence of asthma and wheezing in UAE in consistent with that in neighbouring Gulf countries.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)159-163
Number of pages5
JournalAllergie et Immunologie
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2000


  • Age 6-13 years
  • Asthma
  • Respiratory Symptoms
  • Schoolchildren
  • United Arab Emirates (UAE)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy


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