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26 November 2018

Lab Chat

The cost of fuel is a topic of debate across the world. Whether it’s to fuel your small car or power a jumbo jet, fuel prices are a touchy subject for many. Recently, Emirates airline’s president Sir Tim Clark labelled the price of airline fuel as ‘hugely overpriced’. But is this the opinion of just one airline owner? Or will a reduction in fuel costs reduce airline prices for us all?


How is the UAE changing the rules for MEDICINE?

22 November 2018

Lab Chat

The Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) recently announced a change of legislation controlling the amount of medicine being brought into the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Residents and tourists carrying personal medicines into the UAE will first have to fill in an electronic form, which can be downloaded for free from the MoHAP website.

The new rules also dictate just how much medicine c...

How many AIR QUALITY STATIONS does the UAE have?

19 November 2018

Lab Chat

Pollution is no doubt one of the biggest environmental concerns heading into 2019. It’s no surprise that we’re seeing changes being made across the world. That’s exactly the case United Arab Emirates (UAE), where environmental leaders are increasing efforts to monitor air quality and reduce pollutants in the air.

Their latest step is to set up a new air quality station at the Ministry of Cli...

How can DATA mitigate a WATER CRISIS?

15 November 2018

Lab Chat

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has suffered extensively in the past due to droughts and a lack of clean and usable water. The dry heat generally experienced in the nation can lead to a mass of problems for residents, wildlife and the environment. A recent study has sparked concerns that droughts can in fact increase the amount of carbon dioxide in the air, impacting the environment further.


Can you turn WASTE into FUEL?

12 November 2018

Lab Chat

Can You Turn Waste into Fuel?

Sustainable construction group Besix is planning to build a waste-to-fuel plant in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The UAE’s Ministry of Climate Change & Environment has recently signed an agreement with the shareholders of the Emirates RDF Company to move the development forward.

With a planned location in the emirate of Umm Al Quwain, the plant will turn 1,...

Will the UAE Lift Its E-Cigarette Ban?

07 November 2018

Lab Chat

The United Arab Emirates could be set to lift its long-standing ban on e-cigarettes. Government consumer watchdog, the Emirates Authority for Standardisation and Metrology (ESMA) has begun reviewing data to assess whether alternative tobacco products should be permitted.

Rethinking a flawed system

Currently, alternative tobacco products are banned in the UAE due to concerns over their hea...

What is the World's Fastest Animal?

04 November 2018

Lab Chat

With 2018 being National Geographic’s ‘Year of the Bird’, there’s no better time to raise awareness of the world’s fastest creature – the falcon.

Many of us mistakenly crown the cheetah as the fastest animal on earth. In fact, although cheetahs are the fastest land animals, they are 3 times slower than a falcon. The magnificent bird can dive at an impressive 240mph!

Read on as we take a c...

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...

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