How is the Pandemic affecting MENTAL HEALTH?

08 November 2020

Lab Chat

A hotline set up to help people cope with the psychological fallout from COVID-19 has received well over 700 calls since its inception, indicating that the pandemic has had a significant impact on mental health. With social interactions reduced to a minimum and many people confined to their homes for weeks or months on end, it’s little surprise that hundreds of Emiratis were feeling the strain....

How can Airlines promote SUSTAINABILITY?

05 November 2020

Enviro Chat

Globally, the aviation industry is responsible for approximately 2% of all anthropogenic carbon emissions, meaning its environmental footprint is not a negligible one. However, airline companies have become increasingly conscious of the role they must play in curbing their emissions and helping to care for our ailing planet.

Etihad Airways, the UAE-based airline, are leading by example in th...

Are the UAE COASTAL WATERS at risk?

02 November 2020

Enviro Chat

As one of the world’s busiest and most strategic maritime junctions, the Strait of Hormuz understandably sees a high amount of shipping traffic each and every day. This passage is integral not only to maintaining the Emirati economy, but also to ensuring that global supplies of oil remain adequate to meet demand.

However, there are downsides to such prolific activity. The vessel traffic caus...

Could Saliva Tests improve CORONAVIRUS Detection?

29 October 2020

Lab Chat

As a highly contagious and potentially fatal disease that has already claimed the lives of over one million people worldwide, coronavirus must be stopped from spreading among the population. Identifying who is already infected and quarantining them until the virus has been overcome by their immune system is key to limiting its propagation.

Thus far, the gold standard for diagnostic testing h...

How is the Arab Gulf driving towards RENEWABLES?

26 October 2020

Enviro Chat

While the Arab Gulf may be synonymous with fossil fuels, many countries in the region are making strides towards transitioning to cleaner forms of energy generation. Indeed, the renewables movement is gathering pace in the Middle East, even despite the economic struggles caused by the coronavirus pandemic and the falling prices of oil and gas.

That represents excellent news for a part of the...

When will OIL DEMAND peak?

23 October 2020

Chem Chat

Global oil demand will likely peak around 2030, according to a leading expert in the industry from the UAE. Musabbeh Al Kaabi is the CEO of Petroleum and Resources at the Mubadala Investment Company, headquartered in Abu Dhabi. He delivered his views as part of an online series of interviews with prominent figures from the sector.

According to Al Kaabi, the oil market will recover from the c...

How will COVID-19 affect FLU SEASON?

21 October 2020

Lab Chat

As flu season begins to get underway, hospitals, clinics and medical centres across the UAE have experienced an unprecedented surge in demand for flu vaccines. Normally beginning in October, concerned residents have been enquiring about the jab earlier and in greater numbers than ever before.

It’s believed that this is in part due to a concerted awareness raising campaign conducted through t...

Why has the UAE been praised for its COVID-19 response?

20 October 2020

Lab Chat

The editor-in-chief of one of the world’s most prestigious scientific journals has praised the UAE government for its response to coronavirus. Richard Horton, who has occupied the top job at The Lancet journal for the last 25 years, showed particular appreciation for the country’s “strong leadership” and an approach which values the opinion of scientists highly.

To date, the UAE has witnesse...

SARS-CoV-2 antibody rapid tests in Africa

20 October 2020

Lab Chat

‘KNAUER Wissenschaftliche Geräte GmbH’ and its new subsidiary 'Das Labor. GmbH' cooperate in a development partnership with the ‘Deutsche Gesellschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH’ to produce reliable Corona antibody tests in Sub-Saharan Africa. The new production unit in Côte d’Ivoire will be one of the first facilities in Africa to produce SARS-CoV-2 antibody rapid tests for u...

Why did UAE Oil Production rise in August?

07 October 2020

Lab Chat

The UAE’s oil output rose to 2.693 million barrels per day in August, according to data confirmed by Energy Minister Suhail al-Mazrouei. The increase in production was brought on by hot weather during the Emirati summer and a greater tendency for the population to stay at home due to coronavirus, thus causing them to use air conditioning more often.

The final total for August outstrips the q...

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