What is SPOTCHECK?

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...

Who can use the INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION?

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...

Is Airline Fuel HUGELY OVERPRICED?”

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?

Cappin...

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...

How can DATA mitigate a WATER CRISIS?

15 November 2018

Lab Chat

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has suffered extensively in the past due to droughts and a lack of clean and usable water. The dry heat generally experienced in the nation can lead to a mass of problems for residents, wildlife and the environment. A recent study has sparked concerns that droughts can in fact increase the amount of carbon dioxide in the air, impacting the environment further.

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Can you turn WASTE into FUEL?

12 November 2018

Lab Chat

Can You Turn Waste into Fuel?

Sustainable construction group Besix is planning to build a waste-to-fuel plant in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The UAE’s Ministry of Climate Change & Environment has recently signed an agreement with the shareholders of the Emirates RDF Company to move the development forward.

With a planned location in the emirate of Umm Al Quwain, the plant will turn 1,...

Will the UAE Lift Its E-Cigarette Ban?

07 November 2018

Lab Chat

The United Arab Emirates could be set to lift its long-standing ban on e-cigarettes. Government consumer watchdog, the Emirates Authority for Standardisation and Metrology (ESMA) has begun reviewing data to assess whether alternative tobacco products should be permitted.

Rethinking a flawed system

Currently, alternative tobacco products are banned in the UAE due to concerns over their hea...

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