Looking Back at 2018 for UAE OIL

16 January 2019

Lab Chat

The Emirati oil industry enjoyed 12 months of growth and consolidation after several years of austerity in 2018, as the UAE’s oil output reached its highest ever summit in October. From its low of just 2.8 million barrels per day at the beginning of the year, the UAE finished strongly with its record output of 3.3 million barrels per day in October.

Although yet to be verified, the country’s...

When did Humans first visit the ARABIAN PENINSULA?

27 December 2018

Lab Chat

p>Scientists believe they have uncovered evidence that humans inhabited the Arabian Peninsula as far back as half a million years ago. While the scorching temperatures and scarce rainfall make this stretch of land an inhospitable place today, the new research raises the possibility that things weren’t always this way.

Primitive stone tools and cut marks on mammal bones were discovered in the...

Is DATA the New Oil?

19 December 2018

Lab Chat

Big data, artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning will all play a vital role in the expansion and optimisation of the oil and gas industry, according to the UAE’s minister of state for AI technology Omar bin Sultan Al Olama. Speaking at the ADIPEC meeting in Abu Dhabi this month, Al Olama pointed to data as the “new oil” and encouraged major players in the industry to get on board.



16 December 2018

Lab Chat

A UAE company is looking to improve the health of its national workforce through the integration of an eight-minute, non-invasive physical examination and a web and mobile application. SPOTCHECK, which is the name of the company behind the incentive, are harnessing the power of improved technologies to raise healthcare standards across the nation.

The initiative combines a non-invasive healt...

Will OPEC cut Oil Production in 2019?

11 December 2018

Lab Chat

The UAE governor of OPEC interests Ahmed al-Kaabi has given the clearest indication yet that the 14-nation bloc plans to cut oil production in the coming year. Speaking to Emirati newspaper Al Bayan, al-Kaabi said that OPEC wishes to stabilise the price of the popular commodity, which has been in freefall since early October, and plans to do so by reducing its output.

OPEC had previously upp...

What is the CLEAN -UP UAE Campaign?

05 December 2018

Lab Chat

The annual Clean-Up UAE Campaign kicks off next month, as thousands of volunteers from across all sectors and industries will join together to pick up litter and raise awareness about the importance of proper waste disposal protocols. Now in its 17th year, the campaign kicks off in Sharjah on December 8th and will come to a conclusion in Umm Al Quwain on the 17th of the month.

The campaign w...


03 December 2018

Lab Chat

History was made recently in Bremen, Germany with the signing of an Implementing Arrangement (IA), that outlines the cooperation between NASA and the UAE Space Agency (UAESA). The IA covers a range of space-related areas, including space exploration and human spaceflight.

Dr Ahman Belhoul Al Falasi, Minister of State for Higher Education and Advanced Skills and Chairman of the UAE Space Agen...


26 November 2018

Lab Chat

The cost of fuel is a topic of debate across the world. Whether it’s to fuel your small car or power a jumbo jet, fuel prices are a touchy subject for many. Recently, Emirates airline’s president Sir Tim Clark labelled the price of airline fuel as ‘hugely overpriced’. But is this the opinion of just one airline owner? Or will a reduction in fuel costs reduce airline prices for us all?


How is the UAE changing the rules for MEDICINE?

22 November 2018

Lab Chat

The Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) recently announced a change of legislation controlling the amount of medicine being brought into the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Residents and tourists carrying personal medicines into the UAE will first have to fill in an electronic form, which can be downloaded for free from the MoHAP website.

The new rules also dictate just how much medicine c...

How many AIR QUALITY STATIONS does the UAE have?

19 November 2018

Lab Chat

Pollution is no doubt one of the biggest environmental concerns heading into 2019. It’s no surprise that we’re seeing changes being made across the world. That’s exactly the case United Arab Emirates (UAE), where environmental leaders are increasing efforts to monitor air quality and reduce pollutants in the air.

Their latest step is to set up a new air quality station at the Ministry of Cli...

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