The Hindenburg disaster in New Jersey in 1937 brought an end to the age of the passenger zeppelin. AP Photo
The Hindenburg disaster in New Jersey in 1937 brought an end to the age of the passenger zeppelin. AP Photo

New-generation airships to be safer and nimbler



The golden age of airship travel came to an abrupt end in 1937 when the German airship Hindenburg, coming in to New Jersey after a transatlantic flight, collided with its mooring tower and disintegrated in a huge fireball, killing 36.

The images of its huge cigar shape crumpling into a gas-fuelled inferno was enough to convince the world that the aircraft's flammable skin and the vast volumes of explosive hydrogen used to lift the airships made them unsafe.

Today's airships are lifted by helium. But, while helium is a major component of our atmosphere, it is nearly impossible to extract it from the air, which makes it more expensive than hydrogen.

However there are huge naturally occurring reserves of the gas in the United States, Poland, Russia and Canada, and a huge reserve of helium was discovered in Qatar.

Another problem that bedevilled the early airships was buoyancy control. Airships relied on taking on board water or soil as ballast to ensure they stayed on the ground as passengers boarded. It also made adjusting the buoyancy mid-flight relatively difficult.

The prototype airship being built by Aeros will use a new system doing away with the need for ballast to reach the correct altitude and ropes and docking stations on the ground to stop a vessel floating off.

Instead, the Aeroscraft uses large bags, or bladders, inside a rigid structure. When the pilot wants to descend, the vehicle needs to be heavier, so the helium in the craft is compressed into storage tanks.

The vacuum created inside the body draws air from the outside.

As air is heavier than helium, the vehicle sinks. To rise again, the helium is released, pushing the air out of the bags and giving lift. "We can control the buoyancy and allow ourselves to come to the ground and land vertically as well as take off vertically," says Fred Edworthy of Aeros.

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Sector: FinTech / PropTech
Initial investment: $650,000
Current number of staff: 35
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Based: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Founders: Abdulaziz Al Loughani and Mohamed Al Arifi
Sector: E-commerce
Total funding: About $200 million
Investors: Aljazira Capital, Rainwater Partners, STV and Impact46
Number of employees: 1,200

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Company name: Almouneer
Started: 2017
Founders: Dr Noha Khater and Rania Kadry
Based: Egypt
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Investment: Bootstrapped, with support from Insead and Egyptian government, seed round of
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Day 5, Dubai Test: At a glance

Moment of the day Given the problems Sri Lanka have had in recent times, it was apt the winning catch was taken by Dinesh Chandimal. He is one of seven different captains Sri Lanka have had in just the past two years. He leads in understated fashion, but by example. His century in the first innings of this series set the shock win in motion.

Stat of the day This was the ninth Test Pakistan have lost in their past 11 matches, a run that started when they lost the final match of their three-Test series against West Indies in Sharjah last year. They have not drawn a match in almost two years and 19 matches, since they were held by England at the Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi in 2015.

The verdict Mickey Arthur basically acknowledged he had erred by basing Pakistan’s gameplan around three seam bowlers and asking for pitches with plenty of grass in Abu Dhabi and Sharjah. Why would Pakistan want to change the method that has treated them so well on these grounds in the past 10 years? It is unlikely Misbah-ul-Haq would have made the same mistake.

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Date started: January 2017, app launched November 2017

Based: Dubai, UAE

Sector: Private/Retail/Leisure

Number of Employees: 18 employees, including full-time and flexible workers

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'The worst thing you can eat'

Trans fat is typically found in fried and baked goods, but you may be consuming more than you think.

Powdered coffee creamer, microwave popcorn and virtually anything processed with a crust is likely to contain it, as this guide from Mayo Clinic outlines: 

Baked goods - Most cakes, cookies, pie crusts and crackers contain shortening, which is usually made from partially hydrogenated vegetable oil. Ready-made frosting is another source of trans fat.

Snacks - Potato, corn and tortilla chips often contain trans fat. And while popcorn can be a healthy snack, many types of packaged or microwave popcorn use trans fat to help cook or flavour the popcorn.

Fried food - Foods that require deep frying — french fries, doughnuts and fried chicken — can contain trans fat from the oil used in the cooking process.

Refrigerator dough - Products such as canned biscuits and cinnamon rolls often contain trans fat, as do frozen pizza crusts.

Creamer and margarine - Nondairy coffee creamer and stick margarines also may contain partially hydrogenated vegetable oils.

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Founder: John Tsioris and Ioanna Angelidaki

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School: Al Sufouh in Jumeirah, Dubai
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Company name: Klipit

Started: 2022

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Founders: Mansour Althani and Abdullah Althani

Based: Business Bay, with offices in Saudi Arabia, Egypt and India

Sector: Technology, digital marketing and e-commerce

Size: 70 employees 

Revenue: On track to make Dh100 million in revenue this year since its 2015 launch

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The study of 13 essential drugs showed costs in the United States were about 300 per cent higher than the global average, followed by Germany at 126 per cent and 122 per cent in the UAE.

Thailand, Kenya and Malaysia were rated as nations with the lowest costs, about 90 per cent cheaper.

In the case of insulin, diabetic patients in the US paid five and a half times the global average, while in the UAE the costs are about 50 per cent higher than the median price of branded and generic drugs.

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Date started: January, 2014

Founders: Mike Dawson, Varuna Singh, and Benita Rowe

Based: Dubai

Sector: Education technology

Size: Five employees

Investment: $100,000 from the ExpoLive Innovation Grant programme in 2018 and an initial $30,000 pre-seed investment from the Turn8 Accelerator in 2014. Most of the projects are government funded.

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