How is ADNOC planning to expand?

25 September 2020

Lab Chat

ADNOC Distribution has announced that it intends to forge ahead with bold expansion plans for company. Not only is the state-owned oil giant looking to open refuelling stations in neighbouring Saudi Arabia, but ADNOC is also eyeing opportunities to infiltrate the Indian lubricant market, as well.

“We are progressing well on our international expansion strategy. We see the Saudi Arabian fuel ...


How is the UAE using SCIENCE to make Cricket Safe?

23 September 2020

Lab Chat

After being chosen as the host venue for the upcoming Indian Premier League (ILP) cricket season, the UAE is ensuring that all precautions are being taken to make the competition as safe as possible. The 60-game tournament was moved from Mumbai to the Middle East after the number of daily coronavirus cases in India continued to climb throughout the summer, so Emirati authorities will be eager t...


First MARINE WASTE TREATMENT facility opened in UAE

24 August 2020

Lab Chat

The UAE has opened the Middle East’s first marine waste treatment facility in Sharjah. A collaboration between local waste management company Bee’ah and European environmental non-profit organisation Polyeco, the plant will help the UAE to protect the waters surrounding its territory and develop its circular economy.

The onsite Alternative Raw Material facility is intended to harvest marine ...


How can the UAE prevent Oil Spills?

17 August 2020

Lab Chat

A prominent government official has called for the UAE to do more to catch and penalise those responsible for illegally discharging oil waste into the waters surrounding the country. Adnan Al Hammadi, who is the Sharjah representative of the Federal National Council (FNC), has asked for guilty parties to be more harshly penalised in future.

Although dumping oil is outlawed in the Emirates in...


Can dogs sniff out COVID-19?

11 August 2020

Lab Chat

The United Arab Emirates has become the first nation to employ sniffer dogs in testing visitors to Dubai International Airport (DXB) for coronavirus. Operating in much the same way that canines are already widely used to detect narcotics and explosives, the sensitive noses of the dogs have been trained to recognise subtle changes in the body odour of COVID-19 sufferers.

Those behind the sche...


How is the UAE rebuilding CORAL REEFS?

02 August 2020

Lab Chat

A team of divers are helping to stimulate life in the depths of the water surrounding the Emirati coast. Led by the Fujairah Adventure Centre, the project involves removing coral from a living reef, cutting it into pieces and then “planting” it once more to create an artificial reef in areas that have seen their biodiversity suffer in recent years.

Coral reefs are a vital habitat for thousan...


Why has COVID-19 impacted SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH?

26 July 2020

Lab Chat

The outbreak of coronavirus has disrupted working practices and ways of life for people all over the globe – and the scientific community is no different. Since the discovery of the first case in Wuhan City on 31st December 2019, the disease has spread all across the planet, forcing researchers to mothball their ongoing studies.

While some have used the enforced downtime to write up their fi...


How does Abu Dhabi’s CORONAVIRUS- Tracking App work?

12 July 2020

Lab Chat

A new programme developed by healthcare professionals and university professors has the ability to not only track transmission of coronavirus, but also predict hotspots before outbreaks occur. It’s expected that the modelling technology will form a key cornerstone of the UAE’s government’s policies on imposing travel restrictions, allocating resources and issuing public health guidelines.

De...


How to grow RICE in the Desert?

05 July 2020

Lab Chat

With almost year-round sun and summer temperatures in excess of 50°C, the UAE is not known for its arable land nor its climate conducive to crop cultivation. It’s for that reason that the country imports more than 90% of its food needs, something which the government has been trying to address in the last few years.

In recent months, the logistical challenges imposed by coronavirus preventio...


How are ARAB STATES adopting Solar?

28 June 2020

Lab Chat

The Arab peninsula is not known for its reliance on renewable energy. Indeed, much of the region’s wealth and infrastructure has been built on the extensive oil reserves found beneath its soil. Even today, over a quarter of Middle Eastern power is derived from oil. For comparison, just 3% of that power comes from renewable sources.

Fortunately, the tide appears to be turning. Several Arab na...


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