Prevalence of COPD in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Ashraf Al Zaabi, Faisal Asad, Jassem Abdou, Hussain Al Musaabi, Mohammad Badar Al Saiari, Ali Saeed Mohammed Buhussien, Nikolaas Nagelkerke, Joan B. Soriano

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Background: The prevalence of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates is unknown. Methods: We conducted a cross-sectional survey in a random sample of individuals 40-80 years old in Abu Dhabi, with a particular interest to explore local risk factors other than cigarette smoking. Airflow limitation compatible with COPD was defined as a post-bronchodilator ratio FEV1/FVC <0.70. Results: From 520 participants surveyed (93.7% response rate), 55% male and with a mean age of 52 years, the prevalence of COPD was 3.7% and 95% C.I. (2.0-5.3). There were no differences by gender, and COPD prevalence only significantly increased in those 70 year and older. Among those with COPD, cigarette smoking use was relatively low (12% current- and 12% former-smokers), and it was even lower the use of shisha (5%), pipe (0%), or exposure to passive smoking (5%), while exposure to biomass was higher (33%). Interestingly, bakhour use was very high (78%), but neither bakhour nor any of the above-mentioned exposures were associated with the risk of COPD. Conclusions: COPD prevalence in 40-80 years old in Abu Dhabi was 3.7%, and associations with cigarette smoking or with other local inhaled exposures were not observed. Crown

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)566-570
Number of pages5
JournalRespiratory Medicine
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Abu Dhabi
  • Burden
  • COPD
  • Epidemiology
  • Smoking
  • United Arab Emirates

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine


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