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How Did the Emirates Perform in the World University Rankings?

01 November 2018

Lab Chat

Universities in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have outdone themselves again in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2019. Out of the 1,250 universities included in the index, 4 are based in the UAE – Khalifa University, United Arab Emirates University, American University of Sharjah and University of Sharjah.

The universities are ranked on teaching, research, citation index,...

Are UAE Buildings at Risk from Earthquakes?

29 October 2018

Lab Chat

Despite not being in a seismic zone, the Emirates can still suffer the repercussions of nearby earthquakes. Iran, which lies across the Persian Gulf from UAE, is one of the most seismically active countries in the world. They experience a lot of earthquakes, measuring up to 7.7 on the Richter scale, occurring regularly.

Dubai and other nearby areas can also feel the tremors of the quakes fro...

How Important is Fuel Efficiency in the Middle East?

26 October 2018

Lab Chat

The most common concern for young drivers in the UAE is the rising fuel prices. Ford Middle East conducted a study over Twitter, quizzing 19,000 20-35-year-old motorists. Over 60% of respondents named fuel efficiency as the most important consideration when buying a car, much higher than motor power.

With the ever-increasing price of fuel, it’s becoming more and more important to young peopl...

How Will New Fuel Standards Impact the Gulf?

23 October 2018

Lab Chat

As of 1st January 2020, the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) are implementing a 0.5% sulphur cap on bunker fuels. The IMO’s decision could cost the global economy $1 trillion over 5 years and increase crude prices by 10% in 2020 alone.

This could be bad news for the Gulf, which is home to the world’s second largest bunkering hub – the UAE’s Port of Fujairah. While the Gulf is develo...

What Will Happen if Natural Resources Run Out?

09 October 2018

Lab Chat

On our wonderful planet, there are multiple natural resources that help make life easier. We use trees for making paper products and they provide us with oxygen. We use natural gas to heat our homes and coal to help us produce electricity. Freshwater fish are a staple in the American diet and we pump billions of barrels of oil out of the ground to fuel our automobiles.

But what happens when ...

Who Is the UAE Sending into Space?

02 October 2018

Lab Chat

The UAE this month announced that it would be proudly sending the first ever Arab astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS). Hazza Al Mansouri and Sultan Al Niadi overcame a gruelling selection process to achieve the coveted prize, with the news being announced by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed via his Twitter account.

“It's a new Arab achievement announcing the names of the first Ar...

Is Takeaway Culture Damaging the UAE Environment?

27 September 2018

Lab Chat

A new study from auditing group KPMG has found that the takeaway habits of UAE citizens may be having a detrimental impact on the natural environment. According to their investigation, approximately 75% of the country’s populace order a takeaway meal at least once a week.

The majority of those meals are delivered in single-use plastic containers, many of which are not recycled at all. This c...

UAE plans Ethiopia – Eritrea Pipeline

23 September 2018

Lab Chat

Eritrea with the construction of an onshore crude oil pipeline between the two countries. The ambitious new project was outlined in an announcement last month, as the UAE continues its role as peacemaker between the neighbouring African nations.

The situation in the region had been volatile for well over 50 years until a momentous peace treaty was signed this July. Building upon that breakth...

Have Drone Inspections worked to reduce Industrial Pollution?

20 September 2018

Lab Chat

The Dubai Municipality is cracking down on environmental infringements from industrial polluters via the use of drones. Although the scheme was only announced last month, it has been in operation for the whole of 2018 and has already shown remarkable results in not only detecting transgressions but reducing their incidence.

To date, the number of overall environmental violations has fallen b...

How Can AI Combat Oil Leaks?

16 September 2018

Lab Chat

The UAE has announced the opening of a new artificial intelligence (AI) laboratory. Working in conjunction with the Khalifa University of Science and Technology and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MOCCAE) plan to use the laboratory to bolster performance and efficiency in a number of areas.

One of these will be the prevention...

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