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

At p...

How is the UAE cutting down on PLASTIC POLLUTION?

05 August 2018

Lab Chat

The problem of plastic pollution is one of which the world is becoming ever more conscious and the UAE is no different. Due to the intense heat in the country, bottled water is widely consumed (last year alone, UAE residents consumed 768.1 million bottles), with the vast majority of those being sent straight to landfill or, worse, ending up in the ocean.

However, awareness around the issue i...

How is INDIA working with the UAE?

02 August 2018

Lab Chat

Over the last six months, India has finalised a number of trade deals with the UAE in a bid to bolster its supply of crude oil and achieve a better price per barrel. This collaboration has taken a number of different forms, including bidding alongside Middle Eastern companies for Emirati oil blocks, storing Emirati oil in Indian facilities and investing in refinery projects in the country.


Do we need a Toxicity Tax?

31 July 2018

Lab Chat

The founder of an environmentally-friendly vehicle association in the UAE has proposed introducing a “toxicity tax” on older and more polluting cars in a bid to improve air quality in the country. Fares Al Mazrooei, who is the head of the country’s Electric Vehicle Owner Association (EVOA), mooted the idea in an interview with The National.

UAE’s air quality crisis

A 2015 study from the W...

Are we getting enough Sleep?

29 July 2018

Lab Chat

Most of us would be happy sleeping for one-third of our lives – or perhaps even more – but very few of us have that luxury. In fact, the vast majority of UAE residents (a staggering 90%) enjoy less than eight hours sleep every night… But what exact;y is ‘enough sleep’?

The amount

The scientific community has often disagreed on how much sleep we need. Although it’s far from an exact scienc...

UAE & South Africa to co-operate in Space Exploration

25 July 2018

Lab Chat

Representatives from the United Arab Emirates Space Agency and the South African National Space Agency (SANSA) have agreed an accord to cooperate in peaceful exploration of space. The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed at the global space conference UNISPACE +50, which was held in Vienna last month.

Among other things, the MoU outlines how a framework for the ongoing collaboration ...


10 July 2018

Lab Chat

The Nipah virus is a relatively recently discovered infectious disease transmitted from animals to humans, with deadly effects on both. Named for the town of Kampung Sungai Nipah in Malaysia were it was first discovered in 1998, Nipah represents just one of an estimated two million known and unknown viruses that affect human health.

In the most recent outbreak of Nipah in Kerala, India, at l...

MBZ Fund

03 July 2018

Lab Chat

The Mohammed Bin Zayed (MBZ) Species Conservation Fund is a charitable organisation devoted to preserving and restoring endangered species at home and abroad. Since its inception in 2008, the Fund has been instrumental in re-establishing all manner of endangered species in the Middle East, Asia, Europe, Africa and the Americas.

It is organisations like the MBZ Fund which have helped the UAE ...

UAE & Russia Oil and Gas

28 June 2018

Lab Chat

Crown Prince of the United Arab Emirates Shaikh Mohammed bin Zayed and Russian President Vladimir Putin met at the beginning of the month to sign a landmark declaration. Among other things, the strategic partnership signals the countries’ intentions to continue working together on oil and gas policy.

The announcement confirms that alongside Russia, OPEC countries will continue to dictate oil...

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