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Have Drone Inspections worked to reduce Industrial Pollution?

20 September 2018

Lab Chat

The Dubai Municipality is cracking down on environmental infringements from industrial polluters via the use of drones. Although the scheme was only announced last month, it has been in operation for the whole of 2018 and has already shown remarkable results in not only detecting transgressions but reducing their incidence.

To date, the number of overall environmental violations has fallen b...

How Can AI Combat Oil Leaks?

16 September 2018

Lab Chat

The UAE has announced the opening of a new artificial intelligence (AI) laboratory. Working in conjunction with the Khalifa University of Science and Technology and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MOCCAE) plan to use the laboratory to bolster performance and efficiency in a number of areas.

One of these will be the prevention...

Why is UAE Healthcare Thriving?

11 September 2018

Lab Chat

The UAE healthcare sector is projected to increase by 60% over the five-year period between 2016 and 2021, resulting in an industry worth a whopping AED 103 billion by its close. The speculation is welcome news to Emirati citizens and business, but what is behind the growth? Why is the healthcare sector thriving at present? And what continues to fuel its forward movement? Here are five differen...

What is the NATIONAL WASTE DATABASE?

03 September 2018

Lab Chat

The Ministry of Climate Change and Environment has announced the launch of the National Waste Database, an online service which will analyse, compile and share data on waste produced across the UAE. As well as quantifying the amount of waste generated in different parts of the country, the database will also connect each emirate with its counterparts to allow easy sharing of best practices and ...

Is ABU DHABI ready to pump more Oil?

30 August 2018

Lab Chat

Abu Dhabi’s principal crude oil producer has indicated that it is ready to pump several hundreds of thousands of barrels of oil more per day, if the situation warrants it. Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) has announced that it has the capacity to deliver more oil immediately if the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) requires extra supply to meet demand.

OPEC had cappe...

Are HYBRID VEHICLES becoming the Norm?

26 August 2018

Lab Chat

The news that one of Dubai’s foremost taxi firms has added 454 hybrid cars to its fleet suggests that the adoption of environmentally-friendly vehicles might well be becoming the norm. The announcement is a landmark statement not only for Arabia Taxi, the firm behind the move, but also for the UAE itself.

As one of the most oil-rich countries in the world, the price of petrol in the UAE is u...

Can you get a DEGREE in AI?

20 August 2018

Lab Chat

The British University in Dubai has announced it will be launching the country’s first bachelor’s degree in Artificial Intelligence (AI). Developed in tandem with the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, the course will be open to both Emiratis and overseas students and is the culmination of five years of planning.

The announcement is testament to the British University’s recognition that AI...

Can BLINDNESS be treated?”

16 August 2018

Lab Chat

Cataracts are the leading cause of blindness, with over 20 million people suffering from the condition worldwide. Often developing in persons of more advanced years, cataracts caused a clouding effect in the lens of the eye, which results in the deterioration or loss altogether of vision.

While cataracts can be successfully removed via surgery, the procedure is often too expensive or simply ...

Why should ASTHMA SUFFERERS avoid the Dust Storm?

12 August 2018

Lab Chat

The dust storm which enveloped the UAE at the beginning of the month is particularly dangerous to asthma sufferers, experts have warned. High concentrations of particulate matter 10 (PM10) were recorded at the end of July and continued for just over a week in many places around the country, with visibility severely reduced and the health of Emirati citizens jeopardised.

According to authorit...

Is OPEC set to expand?

08 August 2018

Lab Chat

The current President of OPEC has indicated that the bloc will look to continue close ties with non-OPEC countries, and even opened the door to expanding its membership to include others. Suhail Al Mazroui, who is also the oil minister for key OPEC member UAE, has said that the organisation is eager to “institutionalise” its ongoing partnership with non-OPEC nations.

OPEC vs non-OPEC

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