How is the UAE helping with MALAYSIA’s Net Zero Targets?

27 August 2023

Enviro Chat

The UAE clean energy company Masdar has announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Malaysian firm Citaglobal Berhad aimed at furthering the country’s net zero efforts. In particular, the MoU will concentrate on developing renewable energy projects across the country, including in rural areas that have hitherto relied on unreliable, inefficient and environmentally unfriend...


Can AI help with DRUG DISCOVERY?

23 August 2023

Lab Chat

A UAE-backed, Hong Kong-based pharmaceutical company has made a major breakthrough in the field of AI-aided drug development. Insilico Medicine, which has its headquarters in Hong Kong but has a research institute in the Emirati capital and is supported financially by the Abu Dhabi Investment Office, is in the process of creating a new drug to treat idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.

The chronic...


COVID-19 Test Bandage … How does it work

21 August 2023

Lab Chat

Scientists in the UAE have developed a groundbreaking new form of testing for Covid-19 which delivers results within minutes and could hold significant ramifications for mass diagnosis. Non-invasive, efficient and affordable, the test is simply applied to a subject’s skin after receiving a pinprick just as any normal bandage might be.

Through its pioneering use of gold nanoparticles, the ban...


What is BRACHYTHERAPY?

15 August 2023

Lab Chat

Each year, over 1.4 million people are diagnosed with prostate cancer worldwide, making it the fourth most prevalent type of cancer on the planet. In the UAE, this malignant form of the disease has been traditionally treated via a radical surgery process or through weeks of intensive radiotherapy, both of which are expensive, inconvenient and painful for the patient.

However, a highly effect...


Is the UAE leading the Gulf Region for CLIMATE FRIENDLY CHANGES?

11 August 2023

Enviro Chat

The Gulf region is renowned for having built its substantial stores of wealth primarily from the extensive reserves of fossil fuels found in the area. However, there is a growing awareness around the globe that coal, oil and gas are not sustainable in a long-term, environmental sense and Arab nations are now adapting to a greener energy and economic portfolio.

Chief among them is the UAE, wh...


How is the UAE reducing OIL SPILLS?

08 August 2023

Enviro Chat

How Is the UAE Reducing Oil Spill Risks?

The UAE’s Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure has announced it will be introducing tighter legislation surrounding the insurance of tankers, cruise ships and other marine vessels. In recent years, there has been an alarming rise in the number of “ghost” tankers operating in the area, which are less tightly regulated by international laws.

Due to ...


Are Electric Motorbikes the future of UAE Transport?

04 August 2023

Enviro Chat

The twin issues of air pollution and global warming are two of the biggest challenges facing the human race today. As such, controlling our carbon footprint is a major objective for governments all over the globe and road transport is a major contributor of emissions. Electric vehicles (EVs) in general and electric motorbikes in particular are emerging as one solution to this difficult problem....


Do Mangroves combat CLIMATE CHANGE?

01 August 2023

Enviro Chat

The Middle East is a region more recognised for its desert landscapes and arid weather patterns than its greenery and biodiversity. However, one particular plant has shown itself more than capable of adapting to the inhospitable climate of the Arab peninsula – and in doing so, could prove to be a valuable ally in the fight against climate change.

The humble mangrove thrives in hot, salty and...


Why is EGG FREEZING on the rise?

28 July 2023

Lab Chat

More and more Emirati women are choosing to freeze their eggs in order to be able to have children without complications later in life. According to a news report from Al Arabiya, industry experts have noticed a “significant” increase in oocyte cryopreservation, which is the technical term given to the procedure.

The upsurge is believed to be down to a number of factors. The recently relaxed...


What is MEDICAL TOURISM?

25 July 2023

Lab Chat

As the name suggests, medical tourism is the practice of visiting a different country or part of the world with the express purpose of seeking medical treatment there. Of course, such trips can be combined with sightseeing or even business ventures, but taking advantage of elite and affordable healthcare services is the driving force behind the excursion.

In recent years, Abu Dhabi has emerg...


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