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02 November 2020Enviro Chat
As one of the world’s busiest and most strategic maritime junctions, the Strait of Hormuz understandably sees a high amount of shipping traffic each and every day. This passage is integral not only to maintaining the Emirati economy, but also to ensuring that global supplies of oil remain adequate to meet demand.
However, there are downsides to such prolific activity. The vessel traffic caus...
01 November 2020Lab Design
SEFA is proud to announce the winner of the 2020 SEFA Lab of the Year™ Award:
Stavros Niarchos Foundation - David Rockefeller River Campus at The Rockefeller University
Our congratulations to the entire project team, particularly our SEFA Members:
Project Architect - Jay Bargmann, Rafael Viñoly Architects
Fume Hoods and Casework – BICASA, s.r.l.
Work Surfaces – American Epoxy Scienti...
29 October 2020Lab 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...
26 October 2020Enviro 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...
23 October 2020Chem 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...
21 October 2020Lab 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...
20 October 2020Lab 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...
20 October 2020Lab 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...
07 October 2020Lab 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...
04 October 2020Enviro 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...