What is the NEOM Project?

20 January 2020

Lab Chat

Saudi Arabia’s plan to build a futuristic city in the middle of the desert is continuing apace. Named the Neom Project, the metropolis will cost around $500 billion to construct and aims to utilise cutting-edge technology alongside renewable energy sources to become a blueprint for the cities of tomorrow.

Although still in its development phase, the city already has a functional airport, off...

SEFA Lab of the Year Competition for 2020

20 January 2020

Lab Design

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UAE to introduce new Marine FUEL Regulations

16 January 2020

Chem Chat

The UAE has indicated that it will exercise leniency as new marine fuel regulations come into effect on January 1st 2020, causing oil tanker companies across the globe to breathe a sigh of relief. The announcement was made by the chairman of the UAE’s Federal Transport Authority (FTA) Abdullah Al Nuaimi, who intimated that the new rules would be enforced gradually.

The news is significant gi...

How does OPEC plan to boost OIL PRICES

08 January 2020

Chem Chat

The Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) is hoping to stabilise oil prices and safeguard them against a predicted supply glut by enforcing further production cuts among its members and other oil-producing nations. In December, OPEC announced it would be paring back oil production by an additional 500,000 barrels per day in an attempt to avoid a surplus of supplies on the mar...

What is the UAE AI network?

29 December 2019

Lab Chat

The UAE is planning to launch an AI Network project in an attempt to position the country as a global leader in artificial intelligence. The announcement was made by the Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence Omar Al Olama, who said that the programme will comprise an integral component of the UAE Strategy for AI 2031.

That Strategy was unveiled by the country’s Prime Minister Sheikh ...

UAE announces new OIL & GAS discoveries

19 December 2019

Chem Chat

The UAE has revealed that it has discovered substantial new reserves of oil and gas in the country. Already one of the leading producers of fossil fuels in the world, the discoveries have lifted the UAE into sixth place on the list of countries with the most oil and gas deposits, leapfrogging seventh-placed Kuwait.

The news was broken by the Supreme Petroleum Council (SPC), which acts as the...

Safe use of BIOLOGICAL Safety Cabinet

18 December 2019

Lab Chat

Biological Safety Cabinet is a primary engineering control which provides user protection against biohazards as the inflow air creates airflow barrier preventing accidental release of biohazards from the cabinet’s working area and at the same time provides product protection with the airflow barrier inside the work zone created by the downflow air. Hand in hand with this are the proper laborato...

How to work safely in a LAMINAR FLOW CABINET

17 December 2019

Chem Chat

Contamination by the Human Body

Aside from the ambient environment and dirty equipment, the human body is one of the greatest sources of contamination inside the laboratory. Although the operator is using the latest laminar flow cabinet, the product protection that it can provide is only as effective as the operator's proper working procedure.

The human body can generate from hundred thou...

UAE extends Free EV Charging

17 December 2019

Lab Chat

The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has announced that it will be extending free charging for all privately-owned electric vehicles (EVs) in the country until the end of 2021. The current incentive was launched in September 2017 and had been due to expire on December 31, but DEWA have extended it for two further years.

The decision has been taken to try and encourage the Emirati...

What is HYDROPONICS?

15 December 2019

Chem Chat

With the world beset by a host of environmental problems, including global warming, food scarcity and dwindling resources, scientists have been researching new and inventive methods of agriculture for decades. One of these, hydroponics, may well be suited to increasing food independence in a location like the UAE.

Due to a climate that’s unfavourable for farming, the UAE has been forced to i...


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