The impact of organic pollution on the macrobenthic fauna of Dubai Creek (UAE).

J.E. Saunders, K. Al Zahed, David Maxwell Paterson

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Dubai Creek is a tidal marine intrusion bisecting Dubai within the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The creek extends 14 km inland from its opening into the Arabian Gulf, with a narrow lower creek channel leading to a lagoon section in the upper creek. The creek contains numerous sources of organic pollution including sewage outlet flows and boat waste. A survey of the creek was performed, assessing organic pollution, water properties, and the benthic macrofaunal community. The upper creek was heavily polluted with macrofauna communities commonly associated with organic pollution and eutrophication, while the lower creek contained low pollution and relatively healthy macrofauna communities. There is little net tidal flow of water within the creek and residence time in the lagoon is high, which may account for the high organic pollution levels. However, some evidence of the pollution effect moving into the lower creek was found. The results are considered in light of current and historic organic loading within the creek and future developments in the area. (C) 2007 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1715-1723
Number of pages9
JournalMarine Pollution Bulletin
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2007


  • Dubai creek
  • eutrophication
  • organic pollution
  • macrobenthic community
  • multivariate analysis
  • UAE
  • GULF
  • SEA


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