As the seasons change and we leave behind the stifling heat of summer and embrace the cooler climes, an unfortunate consequence is that the pollen count rises and allergy sufferers are once again- well, suffering! While it isn't possible to pinpoint the exact causes for allergies, doctors believe it may be due to pollution, exposure to chemical agents and pesticides. According to Dr Hussain Abdul Rahman, director of medical affairs and head of ENT at Dubai Hospital, "The spread of allergic rhinitis is increasing across most of the world, and especially in the UAE, as a result of environmental pollution." However, in the October issue of Landscape, we plan on addressing these issues.
Our writer Thomas Leo Ogren puts some of the myths to rest and outlines how landscape architects and planners can reduce the suffering for people with allergies by planting more female plants and flowers. (see page 28) And now that we’re going to be spending more time outdoors, the last thing we want is to be breathing in these pesticides but according to one UAE based company who are producing their own compost called Cultiva, this will no longer be an issue as they promise to supply a smell free product. Learn more on page 18. In this issue, we also visit Kuwait’s largest urban park, Al Shaheed Park, it’s a must see on a visit to the city and its environmental legacy will be felt for decades to come. (Page36.)
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