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...

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 ...

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...

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...

A Quick Guide to CARBON FILTERS

15 December 2019

Lab Chat

Carbon filters are used to remove toxic gases, hazardous fumes, and odors. These filters are constructed from high quality carbon pellets and durable chemical-resistant cases.

Carbon filters trap gaseous pollutants through the process of adsorption wherein gas molecules adhere to the surface of the carbon granules. When a carbon is activated, its surface and adsorption site increases allowin...

Retrofitting suggested for DUBAI

12 December 2019

Lab Chat

The chairwoman of a leading environmental organisation in the UAE has advised property owners to upgrade their buildings by retrofitting them with modern air-conditioning units. Habiba Al Marashi, who is the head of Emirates Environmental Group, made the statement at the Knowledge Summit last month.

According to Al Marashi, owners who do not address the root cause of failures and breakages b...

Could ROBOTS replace Surgeons?

08 December 2019

Lab Chat

Robots are already infiltrating many facets of our daily lives. Driverless cars are in the advanced stages of testing in certain parts of the world, drones are scheduled to begin delivering packages to domestic households within the next few months and precision farming uses the sophistication of AI to achieve optimum results.

So what about the operating theatre? Will robot surgeons supplant...

World’s Largest Single-Site SOLAR PROJECT

25 November 2019

Lab Chat

The UAE has continued its mission to shed its reputation of being a country powered by the fossil fuel industry by announcing it will build the largest single-site solar project in the world. Abu Dhabi already holds the current record, with its 1.17GW Sweihan photovoltaic (PV) facility, but plans to surpass that threshold with a 2GW project in Al-Dhafri.

The news is welcome to the internatio...

How many UAE residents try to reduce POLLUTION?

19 November 2019

Lab Chat

Over half of Emirati residents take active measures to combat air pollution, according to a study released by YouGov. Compiled from the online answers of 1,005 survey respondents between May 20th and May 27th 2019, the report demonstrates that 57% of UAE residents are doing their bit to fight pollution.

Just over a quarter (26%) of respondents said they employed pollution-reducing measures o...

UAE Medical Tourism

14 November 2019

Lab Chat

According to information published by the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry, medical tourism in the UAE increased by 5.5% between 2017 and 2018. Last year, total revenue from the industry reached a new record high of Dh12.1 billion, while Emirati health expenditure also increased 5.4% to Dh50.3 billion, marking a bumper year for the industry.

The success of the medical tourism sector is...


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