Distribution of heavy metals in the coastal area of Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates

Saeed Al Rashdi, Alya A. Arabi, Fares M. Howari, Abdi Siad

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Fifty-seven sediment samples were collected from Abu Dhabi coastal area, United Arab Emirates (UAE). The concentrations of heavy metals including antimony, arsenic, barium, cadmium, cobalt, copper, mercury, lead, molybdenum, nickel and zinc were obtained using Inductively Coupled Plasma-Mass Spectroscopy (ICP-MS) and X-ray fluorescence. Heavy metal contaminations in Abu Dhabi had increased since 2004. Nevertheless, the enrichment factors, geoaccumulation indices and the pollution load index of 0.3 showed no pollution with any of the measured metals except arsenic.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)494-498
Number of pages5
JournalMarine Pollution Bulletin
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 10 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Abu Dhabi coastal area in the United Arab Emirates
  • Enrichment factor
  • Geoaccumulation index
  • Heavy metals contamination
  • Pollution load index
  • Sediments

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oceanography
  • Aquatic Science
  • Pollution


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