uaeu student entrepreneurs aim to launch ecofriendly aromatherapy
Last Updated : GMT 05:17:37
Emiratesvoice, emirates voice
Emiratesvoice, emirates voice
Last Updated : GMT 05:17:37
Emiratesvoice, emirates voice

UAEU student entrepreneurs aim to launch eco-friendly aromatherapy

Emiratesvoice, emirates voice

Emiratesvoice, emirates voice UAEU student entrepreneurs aim to launch eco-friendly aromatherapy

UAEU
Abu Dhabi - Emirates Voice

A team of entrepreneurs from the United Arab Emirates University, UAEU, are aiming to use the plants of the desert to bring a new, environmentally-friendly dimension to aromatherapy, aligning local cultural heritage with alternative healthcare.

An ambitious team is developing a startup company, ‘Aroma Niche’, at UAEU’s Science and Innovation Park, SIP, a unique research hub and student innovation incubator, having hit on the idea of extracting the original aromas of native species of desert plants to create chemical free, luxurious, and locally produced healthcare products.

"'Aroma Niche' is a reflection of our deep appreciation of the UAE," explained Suzan Marwan Shahin, a Ph.D. candidate in Horticultural Science at UAEU’s College of Food and Agriculture, and founder of the startup company. Ms. Shahin conducted a study examining the native plants of the UAE which then became the topic of her dissertation.

"Surprisingly, there was a distinguished aroma diffused from plant material, and I was amazed how a desert plant could produce such a wonderful aroma. I started searching for the reasons why and I found that the plants survive harsh environmental conditions by producing valuable organic materials, such as essential oils, that act as defense phytochemicals.

Shahin directed her Ph.D. studies in this areas, and created the first databank for the Emirati essential oil-bearing plants, along with best friend, Rahaf Ajaj, who is also a Ph.D. candidate in Horticultural Science at UAEU. The databank was compiled over more than two years of extensively reviewing literature on around 800 species native to the UAE. Of these, 135 are considered to bear essential oils.

Once it was completed, Shahin and Ajaj looked at how the information could be used not only as an information tool, but also as the foundation for a new startup business. When UAEU launched its 'Challenge for Innovation' competition in 2016, the two friends put forward their idea to establish an innovative aromatherapy business based on native UAE plants. They won the competition, and their startup company is now registered in the SIP’s Incubator programme.

"We attended many potential professional workshops and meetings designed by the SIP to guide us in how to develop our idea and convert it into a real, profitable business. We have succeeded in creating different prototype lines, including herbal tea, coffee, essential oils and massage oils, and we will soon participate in international events to raise funding." said Ms. Shahin.

"This luxury brand will be unique, based on both a solid scientific background and great cultural values, which will be emphasised by the fact that it is created from native UAE and GCC plants."

Name *

E-mail *

Comment Title*

Comment *

: Characters Left

Mandatory *

Terms of use

Publishing Terms: Not to offend the author, or to persons or sanctities or attacking religions or divine self. And stay away from sectarian and racial incitement and insults.

I agree with the Terms of Use

Security Code*

uaeu student entrepreneurs aim to launch ecofriendly aromatherapy uaeu student entrepreneurs aim to launch ecofriendly aromatherapy

 



Name *

E-mail *

Comment Title*

Comment *

: Characters Left

Mandatory *

Terms of use

Publishing Terms: Not to offend the author, or to persons or sanctities or attacking religions or divine self. And stay away from sectarian and racial incitement and insults.

I agree with the Terms of Use

Security Code*

uaeu student entrepreneurs aim to launch ecofriendly aromatherapy uaeu student entrepreneurs aim to launch ecofriendly aromatherapy

 



GMT 14:52 2015 Saturday ,16 May

Paco Rabanne introduces Olympéa

GMT 22:30 2017 Thursday ,19 October

Under fire, Trump defends call to soldier

GMT 07:42 2012 Thursday ,07 June

Hague to visit Pakistan

GMT 06:59 2017 Saturday ,29 July

Al Helani took legal measure against organizer

GMT 07:20 2016 Thursday ,07 January

Tickets sell out for Guns N' Roses Coachella

GMT 11:47 2011 Thursday ,24 November

“National Hymen” in the Mediterranean Film Festival

GMT 11:42 2015 Monday ,07 December

Working with Angelina Jolie on The Breadwinner

GMT 10:21 2016 Friday ,16 September

Trump's enigmatic hair put to the test on US TV

GMT 20:38 2016 Saturday ,24 September

Chinese vice president stresses sci-tech innovation

GMT 07:57 2017 Saturday ,20 May

Vanity Fair (US) appoints editor of Vanity Fair

GMT 16:05 2012 Friday ,18 May

Abbas amends election law by decree

GMT 19:42 2014 Sunday ,26 January

Starwood inks Westin Doha Hotel & Spa in Qatar

GMT 13:42 2017 Thursday ,10 August

Bouteflika calls his PM to end economic chaos

GMT 08:51 2017 Wednesday ,14 June

Ruler's Representative receives copy of new book

GMT 12:12 2017 Monday ,25 December

President Bashir commends Turkey stands in support

GMT 19:24 2017 Wednesday ,29 November

UAE, Mexico advancing investment relations

GMT 10:56 2017 Monday ,06 March

Label flushed by Paris fashion show

GMT 08:04 2017 Saturday ,05 August

UAE participates in 8th Francophone Games

GMT 15:22 2017 Wednesday ,01 February

Amateurs can hunt relics with modern 'Indiana Jones'

GMT 13:48 2017 Wednesday ,22 February

Releases his new novel 'Three Nights'

GMT 19:41 2011 Monday ,02 May

90% of Air India Gulf flights cancelled

GMT 10:51 2017 Wednesday ,08 November

Delhi government shuts all schools over toxic smog

GMT 13:56 2011 Friday ,21 October

Nuclear energy conference to start in Amman
Emiratesvoice, emirates voice
 
 Emirates Voice Facebook,emirates voice facebook  Emirates Voice Twitter,emirates voice twitter Emirates Voice Rss,emirates voice rss  Emirates Voice Youtube,emirates voice youtube  Emirates Voice Youtube,emirates voice youtube

Maintained and developed by Arabs Today Group SAL.
All rights reserved to Arab Today Media Group 2021 ©

Maintained and developed by Arabs Today Group SAL.
All rights reserved to Arab Today Media Group 2021 ©

emiratesvoieen emiratesvoiceen emiratesvoiceen emiratesvoiceen
emiratesvoice emiratesvoice emiratesvoice
emiratesvoice
بناية النخيل - رأس النبع _ خلف السفارة الفرنسية _بيروت - لبنان
emiratesvoice, Emiratesvoice, Emiratesvoice