Even though Dubai and the UAE passed a law in 2006 banning the sale of sheets of asbestos, it is estimated that between 70 and 80 percent of homes in Dubai contain some asbestos (source: Khaleej Times).
The material is found most commonly in asbesots building sheets, but has also been identified in asbestos water pipes, floor tiles and decorative wallpaper. More information about Mesothelioma in Dubai and GCC.
Mesothelioma (or, more precisely, malignant mesothelioma) is a rare form of cancer of the pleural and peritoneal lining. It is usually caused by exposure to asbestos; almost every known instance of mesothelioma has been caused by previous exposure to asbestos.
Unlike lung cancer, there seems to be no association between mesothelioma and tobacco smoking, but smoking greatly increases the risk of other asbestos-induced cancers.
Mesothelioma has a long latency period; symptoms of mesothelioma may not appear until between twenty and fifty years after exposure, and sometimes as long as 60 years. Many people who haven’t been in contact with asbestos for decades are now showing symptoms of this dreadful disease.
The UAE were founded 40 years ago; and their development and the development of Dubai is even younger: it means we will be able to have information about mesothelioma cases in Dubai only in the future.