Could Saliva Tests improve CORONAVIRUS Detection?

29 October 2020

Lab Chat

As a highly contagious and potentially fatal disease that has already claimed the lives of over one million people worldwide, coronavirus must be stopped from spreading among the population. Identifying who is already infected and quarantining them until the virus has been overcome by their immune system is key to limiting its propagation.

Thus far, the gold standard for diagnostic testing h...

How is the Arab Gulf driving towards RENEWABLES?

26 October 2020

Enviro Chat

While the Arab Gulf may be synonymous with fossil fuels, many countries in the region are making strides towards transitioning to cleaner forms of energy generation. Indeed, the renewables movement is gathering pace in the Middle East, even despite the economic struggles caused by the coronavirus pandemic and the falling prices of oil and gas.

That represents excellent news for a part of the...

When will OIL DEMAND peak?

23 October 2020

Chem Chat

Global oil demand will likely peak around 2030, according to a leading expert in the industry from the UAE. Musabbeh Al Kaabi is the CEO of Petroleum and Resources at the Mubadala Investment Company, headquartered in Abu Dhabi. He delivered his views as part of an online series of interviews with prominent figures from the sector.

According to Al Kaabi, the oil market will recover from the c...

How will COVID-19 affect FLU SEASON?

21 October 2020

Lab Chat

As flu season begins to get underway, hospitals, clinics and medical centres across the UAE have experienced an unprecedented surge in demand for flu vaccines. Normally beginning in October, concerned residents have been enquiring about the jab earlier and in greater numbers than ever before.

It’s believed that this is in part due to a concerted awareness raising campaign conducted through t...

Why has the UAE been praised for its COVID-19 response?

20 October 2020

Lab Chat

The editor-in-chief of one of the world’s most prestigious scientific journals has praised the UAE government for its response to coronavirus. Richard Horton, who has occupied the top job at The Lancet journal for the last 25 years, showed particular appreciation for the country’s “strong leadership” and an approach which values the opinion of scientists highly.

To date, the UAE has witnesse...

SARS-CoV-2 antibody rapid tests in Africa

20 October 2020

Lab Chat

‘KNAUER Wissenschaftliche Geräte GmbH’ and its new subsidiary 'Das Labor. GmbH' cooperate in a development partnership with the ‘Deutsche Gesellschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH’ to produce reliable Corona antibody tests in Sub-Saharan Africa. The new production unit in Côte d’Ivoire will be one of the first facilities in Africa to produce SARS-CoV-2 antibody rapid tests for u...

Why did UAE Oil Production rise in August?

07 October 2020

Lab Chat

The UAE’s oil output rose to 2.693 million barrels per day in August, according to data confirmed by Energy Minister Suhail al-Mazrouei. The increase in production was brought on by hot weather during the Emirati summer and a greater tendency for the population to stay at home due to coronavirus, thus causing them to use air conditioning more often.

The final total for August outstrips the q...

UAE ENVIRONMENT ranks highly in world in WORLD RANKINGS

04 October 2020

Enviro Chat

The UAE has returned impressive results in the most recent edition of the Institute for Management Development (IMD) World Competitiveness Yearbook for 2020. The Gulf nation came out top of the global pile in eight different environmental categories, including environmental laws, marine protected areas and sulphur dioxide (SO2) emissions.

The news was announced by the Ministry of Climate Cha...

Where does Dubai rank for MEDICAL TOURISM?

01 October 2020

Lab Chat

Dubai has been named as the top location in the Middle East for medical tourism, according to the latest analysis released by the International Healthcare Research Centre (IHRC). It’s the second time running that the emirate has finished top of the pile regionally, having supplanted Israel in the 2016-17 edition of the Medical Tourism Index.

Globally, Dubai also fares favourably. It came six...

How is the UAE dealing with rising GROUNDWATER?

27 September 2020

Enviro Chat

Scientists from the UAE University (UAEU) are working alongside Abu Dhabi Municipality to find solutions to the emirate’s rising groundwater problem. Each year, the lowlands of Abu Dhabi can find themselves flooded underneath excess groundwater for as much as 10 months out of every 12.

Of course, the national capital is far from the only city in the Middle East that must grapple with similar...


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