UAE resident collects samples from the CHALLENGER DEEP

17 March 2021

Enviro Chat

Dubai-based explorer Hamish Harding broke new ground earlier this month, when he and his American counterpart Victor Vescovo plumbed the depths of the Mariana Trench in a two-person submersible. By traversing the entire length of the Challenger Deep, the pair set a new Guinness World Record for the longest distance travelled at full ocean depth.

Aside from making history, their mission was a...

SEFA LAB of the YEAR 2020

16 March 2021

Lab 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...

SEFA Lab of the Year Competition for 2020

15 March 2021

Lab Design

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How fast is the UAE VACCINATING its population?

11 March 2021

Lab Chat

The UAE has earned international plaudits for the speed and efficiency with which it has rolled out its vaccination programme. At the time of writing, the UAE had given 63.04% of its population at least one dose of an approved COVID-19 vaccine, meaning that it’s second only to Israel in terms of vaccinations per capita.

A spokesperson for the Emirati medical community said that the quick thi...

When will the OIL MARKET Rebalance?

09 March 2021

Chem Chat

The UAE’s Energy Minister Suhail Al Mazroui has indicated that he expects the global oil market will rebalance by the beginning of 2022. Speaking at the Gulf Intelligence Global UAE Energy Forum, Al Mazroui offered an optimistic outlook on the imminent future for the oil market, after a disastrous spell brought about the coronavirus pandemic.

However, Al Mazroui was careful to warn that such...

The Most INNOVATIVE ARAB NATION

07 March 2021

Lab Chat

The UAE has been named the most innovative nation in the Arab region, according to the Global Innovation Index (GII) 2020. With an overall score of 41.79 out of 100.00, the UAE was some way ahead of the median (30.94), demonstrating the valuable work that has been undertaken in recent years by the Emirati government.

The UAE was placed third in the Northern African and Western Asia (NAWA) re...

How can Social Innovation improve WASTE MANAGEMENT?

03 March 2021

Enviro Chat

Plastic pollution has been a serious problem for countries all over the world for many years now. A difficult situation has only become worse in recent months, with the pandemic affecting waste generation in 2020 through the proliferation – and improper disposal – of the single-use face masks, gloves and gowns designed to curb its spread.

This is very much a global issue – but addressing it ...

Is ADNOC turning to HYDROGEN?

28 February 2021

Chem Chat

The Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) has announced partnerships with two of the country’s sovereign wealth funds, as it bids to diversify its energy portfolio by moving into hydrogen. The UAE economy has historically been built upon the extraction and exportation of oil and gas, but a changing of the times has instigated a robust response from the Emirati government.

By signing deals w...

Does the UAE need better RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT?

26 February 2021

Lab Chat

In recent years, the UAE has made impressive strides towards modernising its healthcare and pharmaceuticals industry, positioning itself as one of the regional leaders among Gulf nations. Through initiatives like the UAE Vision 2021 and the Dubai Industrial Strategy, it has taken concrete steps to increase its knowledge in a number of different sectors.

However, the events of the last 12 mon...

Will ABU DHABI move to Clean Energy after the Pandemic?

23 February 2021

Enviro Chat

Abu Dhabi has kicked off 2021 with the announcement of a number of deals aimed at diversifying its energy generation portfolio and weening itself off fossil fuels. The initiatives were announced last month as part of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, which, due to coronavirus complications, took place in a virtual capacity this year.

Among other avenues of research being pursued, the emirate is...


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