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THE COUNTRY & THE ENVIRONMENT - RESEARCH

Trees threatened by development get a new life ... in Mushrif Park

Posted on 11/11/2012

Wrapped around Mushrif Park is a very special retirement home … for trees. Affectionately known as Mushrif Forest to members of the horticulture section at Dubai Municipality, the 628-hectare area was fenced off to the public in 1992 to protect more than 10,000 Ghaf trees. As the city began to expand, the municipality tried to rescue as many trees as it could - particularly the iconic Ghaf. Over a few years, thousands of trees were relocated to Mushrif. "The first trees we moved were a group ...  >>MORE

NASA explorers set course for UAE desert

Posted on 15/02/2011

A team of space explorers and scientists has set course for the far reaches of the desert, seeking out microorganisms that can survive in the harshest Earth environments. Their week-long camping expedition in Al Gharbia may help to provide long-sought answers about the origins of life on Earth, and about the possibility of life on other planets, such as Mars. "This microbiology shows the beginning of life, how life got started," said Dr Asma al Ketbi, the head of the Emirates Geographic ...  >>MORE

Khalifa Foundation grants Texas University US$150 million for cancer research

Posted on 19/01/2011

The Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Charity Foundation will offer a grant of US$ 150 million to the University of Texas, US, in support of its genetic-analysis based research, diagnosis and treatment of cancers. H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Presidential Affairs and Chairman of the Foundation, and Dr. Francisco G. Cigarroa, President, University of Texas, graced yesterday the signing ceremony of the grant agreement. Inked by Ahmed Juma Al Za'abi, ...  >>MORE

UAE resident finds 167 insects new to science

Posted on 08/06/2009

Ever been woken up by an incessant buzzing near your ear and wished insects would just leave you alone and go far, far away? Well, one man in the UAE can't have enough of the bugs. Studying bugs is a passion for him. Antonius Van Harten, 63, from Holland, lives in Sharjah. He describes himself as a professional entomologist with 41 years experience. His laboratory is testament to the hours and hours he puts into sorting bugs. Before Van Harten started, existing research from 1979 to 2008 ...  >>MORE

UAE ranks among world’s top 50 peaceful countries

Posted on 31/05/2007

The UAE is in the top 50 of the world's more peaceful nations, and is the third most peaceful Gulf country, according to Global Peace Index ranking. According to the ranking, published yesterday, Norway is the world's most peaceful country and Iraq the least. The UAE has a ranking of 38 among 121 countries, which, according to the commissioner of the index, brings out the correlation between peace and prosperity. "I believe there is a link between the peacefulness and the wealth of ...  >>MORE

Satellite project discovers ground water in Sharjah

Posted on 14/03/2007

Ground water in Sharjah has been found through a satellite project and further points will be excavated to sustain residents' needs, a renowned scientist said yesterday. Dr Farouk Al Baz, research professor and director of the Centre for Remote Sensing, Boston University, USA, told Gulf News the research project is crucial in preparing for a long-term strategic plan for the rational use of ground water resources. "Through our studies we have found ground water in Sharjah and the northern ...  >>MORE

Gates foundation to fund malaria centre

Posted on 08/03/2007

Plans are under way to set up a research centre in the UAE using a grant from a foundation set up by the world's richest man, focusing on developing cheap and effective anti-malarial medicines. Representatives from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Medicines for Malaria Venture, a non-profit organisation supported by the foundation, met with UAE Health Ministry officials yesterday to discuss the collaboration. Thomas Brewer, senior programme officer of infectious diseases in ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Future Energy and MIT sign US$35m deal to establish institute

Posted on 26/02/2007

The Abu Dhabi Future Energy Co (Adfec), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Mubadala Development Co, signed a cooperative agreement yesterday with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to establish the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology in Abu Dhabi. Engineer, Sultan Al Jaber, CEO of Adfec, said that the Masdar Institute will serve as the nucleus of the Masdar Initiative, feeding it with talent and innovative technologies to enhance economic development and promote new industries ...  >>MORE

New vaccines to target exotic animal diseases

Posted on 11/02/2007

The research laboratory that has pioneered snake anti-venom made from camel blood is soon to take on exotic animal diseases as it increases its own vaccine producing ability, it has been disclosed. "With 20 years of diagnostic and research work, the Central Veterinary Research Laboratory (CVRL) has been able to isolate strains of bacterial and viral diseases indigenous to this area. "This will enable the new vaccine to produce vaccines of a higher efficacy than those produced in the US and ...  >>MORE

Four-legged life-saver

Posted on 25/01/2007

Dubai's camels are lending their blood the to the creation of groundbreaking new anti-venom for deadly snake bites that is expected to save thousands of lives. Scientists at the Central Veterinary Research Laboratory, CVRL, in Dubai have pioneered the breakthrough, using the strength of a camel's immune system, and expect to introduce the anti-venom in human treatment from May. "Typically, anti-venom s made from horses blood. But there has always been a big risk in that because some people ...  >>MORE

New civic lab to employ biotechnology in breeding

Posted on 15/09/2004

The sex of a newborn calf will no longer come as a surprise to UAE farmers thanks to a state-of-the-art veterinary laboratory that uses biotechnology to determine the sex, a municipality official said. The municipal department of animal welfare opened the laboratory, which will introduce the modern biotechnology techniques. "The UAE is the first country in the region to have such a facility," a spokesman from the municipality's public relations department, according to the "Gulf News.” "Now ...  >>MORE

Biodiversity on Zirku and Arzanah Islands monitored; rare plant and bird species discovered

Posted on 29/06/2004

Research on Zirku and Arzanah islands, initiated by Zakum Development Company, ZADCO, and the Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency, ERWDA, to document and monitor changes in biodiversity of the two islands has detailed their ecological resources, including vegetation, birds, mammals, reptiles and insects, many of which were not previously recorded. In light of ZADCO's environmental policy and in its strive for excellence in environmental protection, a long-term survey was ...  >>MORE

ERWDA announces new expansion plan for avian research centre

Posted on 06/10/2003

The Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency (ERWDA) recently said it will expand the services and premises of the National Avian Research Centre (NARC) to accommodate the increasing number of Houbara Bustard being bred in captivity. The expansion aims at further developing the centre's breeding and rehabilitation programmes, and helping increase the bird's population in the wild under the bird release project. Majid Al Mansouri, ERWDA's Secretary General, said the expansion ...  >>MORE

Genets used in medical research

Posted on 09/04/2003

In addition to its strong Arabian wildlife-breeding programme, Sharjah's Breeding Centre for Endangered Wildlife more importantly continues to help find solutions to some human medical problems. The latest instance links the shy Arabian genet to finding solutions to human gallstones. A University Clinic in Freiburg, Germany, has acquired blood and urine samples of the Arabian genet, being bred at the Breeding Centre for Endangered Wildlife in Sharjah, for human research programmes. Four ...  >>MORE

Project to fight soil salinity

Posted on 26/11/2002

A project launched in January this year to solve the problem of salinity in soil used for agriculture in Abu Dhabi is being carried out with great speed, sources involved in the project said yesterday. The scheme, by the Sewerage Project Committee (SPC) of Abu Dhabi Municipality, is being carried out with the cooperation of the Dubai-based International Centre for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA). The Municipality has also retained Parsons International Ltd. to a study the scheme as project ...  >>MORE

UAE University’s date palm research centre bags award

Posted on 08/09/2002

The Quality Management System of UAE University's Date Palm Research and Development Unit, DPRDU, department has been awarded the BS EN ISO 9001-2000. The scope of the unit's registration was: "Large Scale Propagation of Palm Using Tissue Culture Organogenesis Techniques.” The statement lauded the unit for exerting continuous efforts to offer high quality services through its programme of Date Palm Development, carried out in cooperation with UNDP and UNOPS. This came within the framework of ...  >>MORE

Zayed Centre wins honour as voice of Arab world

Posted on 23/07/2002

The Abu Dhabi-based Zayed Centre for Coordination and Follow-Up (ZCCF), since its inception in 1999, has published 147 books, biographical notes, dossiers, and studies on a wide range of subjects dealing with Gulf, Arab, Asian and international issues. The ZCCF was established following a symposium on 'Future of the Arab Nations and the Role of the League of Arab States' held in Abu Dhabi in November 1997. Initiated by the President His Highness, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, and ...  >>MORE

Sheikha Fatima praises efforts of ECSSR

Posted on 12/06/2002

H.H. Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak, President's wife and Chairwoman of the General Women Union, today commended the efforts being exerted by the Emirates Centre for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR) in rendering valuable services to UAE women Sheikha Fatima said that the centre , through the hard work and dedication of those in charge , has distinguished itself as a prestigious beacon of knowledge. She specifically hailed the role of the centre in preparing women leaders who are capable of ...  >>MORE

Zayed complex gets WHO recognition

Posted on 08/06/2002

The World Health Organisation has named the Zayed Complex for Herbal Research and Traditional Medicine as a regional centre for alternative medicine in the Middle East. The nomination was made following a visit to the centre by the WHO alternative medicine representative, who expressed her appreciation of the research conducted by the centre. The representative pledged to establish joint cooperation with the centre in the field of herbal medicines. Dr Mazin Naji, Director of the complex, ...  >>MORE

Second UAE bibliography issued

Posted on 20/05/2002

The court of the Deputy Prime Minister has issued the second edition of the UAE bibliography which comprises a documentary file on all Arab studies and academic research on the UAE from 1994 to the first of April 2001. The total number of registered sources at the new bibliography reached 3753 compared to 1904 sources in the first edition. Ma'adad bin Saif Al Mashghouni, Director of research and studies at the court and supervisor of the second edition of the UAE bibliography, said that the new ...  >>MORE

Genetic plant bank set up in Dubai

Posted on 03/05/2002

The UAE has set up the Gulf region's first genetic plant bank to identify plants which can resist salinity. The aim of the bank is to expand cultivated areas in the country and other Gulf and Islamic states, the head of the centre said yesterday. The facility is based at the International Centre for Saline Plants (ICSP), which has been established in Dubai by the Islamic Development Bank, the OPEC Fund and the Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development. "It is one of the several projects ...  >>MORE

10 new varieties of date palm introduced

Posted on 18/04/2002

The UAE Date Palm Research and Development Programme, which operates from UAE University, has successfully introduced 10 new varieties of date palm into the country and plans to introduce 18 more this year. The programme has also achieved the target of producing 40,000 plants, and has set a new goal of producing 100,000 date palms this year. http://www.uaeu.ac.ae ...  >>MORE

UAE is host for Date Palm Global Network

Posted on 11/04/2002

The UAE has been chosen as the host country for the UN backed Date Palm Global Network, or (DPGN) and UAE University will be the host institution for the network. The DPGN has been set up in Al Ain. The Date Palm Research and Development Project is a UAE University programme run in co-operation with the United Nations Development Programme. The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) will provide technical support and sponsorship. Dr Abdelouahhab Zaid, UN Chief Technical Advisor for the ...  >>MORE

100 houbaras released in Pakistan

Posted on 21/03/2002

One hundred houbara bustards were released at Rahim Yar Khan, south of Punjab in Pakistan on 16 March under a programme supported by President His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. The Houbara Foundation International in Pakistan (HFI) had the support of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) for this project. The release programme is part of the UAE's effort to develop and protect the environment and wildlife. >>MORE

Archives to have Dh90m headquarters

Posted on 16/03/2002

The Centre for Documentation and Research (National Archives) at the Presidential Office will get a new Dh90 million building. Dr Abdullah Mohammad Abdul Kareem El Reyes, Director-General of the National Archives, said construction will start next month and is scheduled to be completed within 18 months. The five-storey building has been designed in the shape of the alphabet C. Special attention has been given to the design which fuses traditional Arab and modern architectural styles. The ...  >>MORE

Houbara breeding centre to be opened

Posted on 14/03/2002

Dubai's first houbara breeding centre will open in April 2001. The breeding centre involves the Central Veterinary Research Laboratory in Dubai, supported by General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Minister of Defence and the International Foundation for Conservation and Development of Wildlife (IFCDW) in Morocco, which is funded by Prince Sultan bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud. The centre in Morocco is one of the largest and most successful houbara breeding centres ...  >>MORE

Important archaeological discoveries at Dalma Island

Posted on 14/03/2002

Collaboration between archaeologists, Abu Dhabi Municipality's Sewerage Projects Committee and contractors led to important information on the 7,000 year old archaeological site on Dalma Island. Contractors made the initial discovery of the site in October 2000 following the digging of a pipeline trench on the island which uncovered layers containing remains of fireplaces, seashells and pottery. The contracting work was stopped and archaeologists returned to the island in October to examine the ...  >>MORE

Ajman library to be Hadith Sharif research centre

Posted on 26/02/2002

Plans are well under way to turn the Sheikh Abdullah bin Mohammed Al Shaiba Library in Ajman into a scientific centre that will provide comprehensive knowledge of the sayings - Hadith Sharif -and the actions - Sunna - of the Prophet Mohammed (PBUH). The library, which contains a large collection of publications on the Hadith Sharif, is undergoing major expansion. It will soon have a lecture hall, a library extension and guest rooms, in addition to a primary school that teaches Hadith Sharif. ...  >>MORE

World leading scientists apply to join the Zayed Institute

Posted on 08/07/2001

At a briefing held this week, a spokesman for the Zayed Institute for Research and Technology confirmed that dozens of respected scientists from around the world have asked to join the Zayed Institute. In a press release issued by the institute, the spokesman of the institute said that this confirms the far sight and vision of President H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, in supporting scientific research and technological excellence and the important role that the UAE is playing in these ...  >>MORE

Scientific institute established

Posted on 19/06/2001

A scientific institute dedicated to President His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan was established yesterday. The ceremony launching the Zayed Institute for Research and Technology was inaugurated by Sheikh Sultan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister, and Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince's Court. The institute aims to attract accomplished researchers and scientists to become active members, ensuring that Abu Dhabi will become a ...  >>MORE

ERWDA to establish marine protected area

Posted on 28/03/2001

The Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency (ERWDA) is proposing to establish and manage a marine protected area between the islands of Abu Al Abyadh and Bu Tinah and including the islands of Merawah and Al Bazm Al Gharbi. Thabit Zahran Al Abdessalaam, ERWDA's Head of Marine Environment Research Centre (MERC) said specific data and identification of performance indicators on the marine environment of the designated area are required in order to establish and effectively manage a ...  >>MORE

Terrestrial environment survey of Zirku, Arzanah Islands

Posted on 14/02/2001

Zakum Development Company, ZADCO, is working jointly with the Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency, ERWDA, to undertake a terrestrial environment survey of Zirku and Arzanah islands. The survey, expected to cover a one year period, will focus principally on the sensitivities of the islands, including the coastline, according to a report in the latest issue of ZADCO Zoom. Preliminary scoping visits took place in July last year and the regular main investigation surveys have ...  >>MORE

Civic body to levy fees on marine data

Posted on 10/01/2001

Dubai Municipality has issued an administrative decision stipulating fees for extraction and provision of marine data concerning the Dubai coastline which will be useful for consultants, planners and developers. According to the decision, issued by Qassim Sultan, Director General of the Dubai Municipality, a nominal charge of Dh10 to Dh2,000 will be levied depending on the type of data such as wave data statistics, current data, topographic surveys, geophysical surveys, ortophotos and sand ...  >>MORE

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Trees threatened by development get a new life ... in Mushrif Park


NASA explorers set course for UAE desert


Khalifa Foundation grants Texas University US$150 million for cancer research


UAE resident finds 167 insects new to science


UAE ranks among world’s top 50 peaceful countries


Satellite project discovers ground water in Sharjah


Gates foundation to fund malaria centre


Abu Dhabi Future Energy and MIT sign US$35m deal to establish institute


New vaccines to target exotic animal diseases


Four-legged life-saver


New civic lab to employ biotechnology in breeding


Biodiversity on Zirku and Arzanah Islands monitored; rare plant and bird species discovered


ERWDA announces new expansion plan for avian research centre


Genets used in medical research


Project to fight soil salinity


UAE University’s date palm research centre bags award


Zayed Centre wins honour as voice of Arab world


Sheikha Fatima praises efforts of ECSSR


Zayed complex gets WHO recognition


Second UAE bibliography issued


Genetic plant bank set up in Dubai


10 new varieties of date palm introduced


UAE is host for Date Palm Global Network


100 houbaras released in Pakistan


Archives to have Dh90m headquarters


Houbara breeding centre to be opened


Important archaeological discoveries at Dalma Island


Ajman library to be Hadith Sharif research centre


World leading scientists apply to join the Zayed Institute


Scientific institute established


ERWDA to establish marine protected area


Terrestrial environment survey of Zirku, Arzanah Islands


Civic body to levy fees on marine data