27 Jun 22Enviro Chat
25 February 2022Chem Chat
The UAE is planning to launch an offshore bid round next in the emirate of Sharjah, even as onshore drilling continues in the same authority. The Sharjah National Oil Company (SNOC), working in partnership with Italian energy major Eni, made the first major discovery of reserves in 2020 and began drilling operations a year later – but now, SNOC wishes to expand upon that promising development....
18 February 2022Chem Chat
The multinational Indian conglomerate Reliance Industries has announced it will invest $2 billion into the construction of a petrochemical plant in the UAE. The partnership has been some years in the making and will see Reliance work alongside the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) to develop the latter’s downstream sector capabilities.
In particular, this is expected to focus on the pro...
11 February 2022Enviro Chat
The Dubai Supreme Council of Energy has announced that the emirate managed to lower its emissions by an impressive 33% in 2020. That tally was over double the targeted drop-off of 16% which the Council had earmarked for achievement by 2021 and represents a positive step forward in the race towards carbon neutrality.
Although Dubai (and the UAE) have traditionally built their economic indepen...
28 January 2022Lab Chat
One of the foremost healthtech companies in the UAE has announced it will be teaming up with British-Swedish pharma and biotech company AstraZeneca. G42 Healthcare, which is based in Abu Dhabi, is partnering with AstraZeneca to further its knowledge in clinical trials and healthcare research.
By collaborating with AstraZeneca, the UAE hopes to gain invaluable insight into global best practic...
19 December 2021Enviro Chat
The UAE has unveiled plans to build the first waste-to-power stations in the Gulf region. Capable of turning household waste into electricity, the plants will help alleviate the problems of landfill saturation and over-reliance on fossil fuels in one fell swoop, with major developments in the pipeline in the emirates of Dubai and Sharjah.
The announcements follow hot on the heels of the UAE’...
15 December 2021Enviro Chat
How Big Will Hydrogen Be for the UAE?
The UAE is hoping to make hydrogen a significant part of its transition away from fossil fuels in the coming years, according to the country’s government. By 2030, the Emirates are aiming to have cornered at least 25% of the hydrogen fuel market as it develops its capabilities in the sector.
For a country that has built its vast economic wealth on gas...
12 December 2021Enviro Chat
The UAE is attempting to improve its food security situation and diversify its energy portfolio in a single stroke, through pursuing agricultural innovations and modern technology. At present, the country imports the vast majority of its food produce from various locations around the world, but has set its sights on bolstering its own capacity to grow enough crops to feed its populace in the co...
08 December 2021Lab Chat
The second biggest killer behind heart disease, cancer is responsible for claiming the lives of almost 10 million people around the world each year. For decades, scientists have been investigating ways to combat this malignant disease, with recent breakthroughs such as cancer modelling and gene therapy providing hope for effective treatment plans going forward.
However, the old adage that pr...
05 December 2021Lab Chat
The UAE has become only the second country in the world to give the green light to the world’s first and only drug to treat Alzheimer’s disease. Aduhelm, which received approval from the USA’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA) earlier this year, has now been rubber stamped for use in the UAE, as well.
Aduhelm works by targeting a specific protein in the brain, known as beta-amyloid, which i...
02 December 2021Enviro Chat
p>Starting next year, Abu Dhabi is set to begin collecting used cooking oil from homes, restaurants and other commercial premises for use in its new biofuel plant. Operated by the emirate’s waste management centre Tadweer, the scheme aims to cut waste and create a new fuel source all at the same time.
Homeowners will be issued with special containers in which to store their used oil, which w...
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