DUBAI gives out 80 Defibrillators

28 October 2019

Lab Chat

The Dubai Corporation for Ambulance Services (DCAS) has announced it will be giving out 80 life-saving contraptions to political institutions, private organisations, places of worship and other public locations by the end of the year. The declaration was made on World Heart Day at the Indian Consulate, where the first defibrillator was gifted to the Consul General.

Capable of automatically n...

DIABETES decreases in the UAE

23 October 2019

Lab Chat

Doctors in the UAE have been reporting fewer diagnoses of diabetes over the last couple of years, with the introduction of the so-called “sin tax” in 2017 thought to be behind the phenomenon. A 50% tax was applied on all drinks containing excessive levels of sugar in October 2017, while the law was recently expanded to also include fruit juices and non-carbonated drinks with additional sweetene...

UAE Minister talks down Oil Cuts

18 October 2019

Lab Chat

The UAE’s Energy Minister Suhail al Mazrouei made moves to play down the possibility of further cuts in oil production last month, easing fears that further hikes in the price of petrol and diesel might be on the horizon. Mazrouei made the announcement in a press briefing prior to the World Energy Congress, which took place in Abu Dhabi in September.

The members of OPEC and 10 other nations ...

UAE to supply INDIA with extra LPG

10 October 2019

Lab Chat

The UAE’s state-owned oil company Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) has agreed to supply India with two additional cargoes of liquified petroleum gas (LPG) in the month of October. The request was made by India after their regular provider, Saudi Arabia, suffered a shortfall in its supplies and requested deferment of delivery of the October shipment.

That shortfall arose due to a seriou...


29 September 2019

Lab Chat

There are many different branches of medicine, from gastroenterology to geriatrics, neuroscience to nutritional science… but there’s one which you might not have given too much thought to in the past. Aviation medicine is the discipline which deals exclusively with patients that are airborne, including pilots, cabin crew, passengers or, for space travel, astronauts.

One of the main duties of...

Abu Dhabi Scientists seek to unravel “TURBULANCE”

26 September 2019

Lab Chat

We might associate turbulence almost exclusively with air travel and bumpy flights, but the phenomenon is visible as a daily occurrence in many facets of our lives. Formula One racing car drivers hate it, since the aerodynamic drag it incurs can mean the difference between winning and losing. White-water rapids kayakers and rafters love it, since it constitutes the main thrill of the experience...

Are Gulf Countries the solution to “INDIA’S REFINERY SHORTAGE”?

22 September 2019

Chem Chat

At present, India has a population of approximately 1.3 billion people. By 2025, that figure is expected to swell to 1.4 billion, surpassing China as the most populous country on the planet. This, coupled with an improving economy and an increasingly large middle class with disposable income, will inevitably lead to demand for energy outstripping its supply by some distance.

In a bid to meet...


19 September 2019

Lab Chat

The UAE boasts a population of 9.4 million and a thriving economy based largely on fossil fuels, but one sector in which it falls far behind other parts of the world is food security. With a harsh desert climate and scarce water resources, the country is forced to import as much as 80% of its food from overseas. Indeed, by some estimates, a mere 10-15% of Emirati food is locally sourced.


UAE Students create “DEBRIS-CLEARING” Robot

16 September 2019

Lab Chat

A team of students at the Abu Dhabi University (ADU) are currently at work on developing an autonomous floating robot that is capable of collecting plastic and other forms of oceanic debris without the input of a human controller. The robot works in tandem with a drone that scans for areas of rubbish from above, then relays that information to the collector below.

At present it has only been...

National Strategy for Integrated CHEMICALS MANAGEMENT

01 September 2019

Chem Chat

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has been preparing a strategy to better manage chemicals since 2017. Known as the ‘National Strategy for Integrated Chemicals Management’, it will cover the circulation of chemicals in the country, along with imports, trafficking, capacities and disposal.

First meeting for the strategy

Two years on from the initial launch of the plans, the strategy was offic...

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