It seems these days that UAE University is starved of funds for quality research. The private sector simply doesn't want to invest in it. As employees of UAEU, we know the reasons why. The reasons are that funding usually ends up in the pockets of our Egyptian colleagues, or is squandered on ineffective surveys, conferences, symposiums, chauffeur-driven cars, expensive field trips, five star hotels (with the usual accompaniment of hookers), purchasing expensive laboratory equipment that is never used, etc,. In short, 80% of valuable and scarce research funds are frittered away and misappropriated, never to see the light of day.
But never mind, Sheikh Nahyan, the UAE Minister of Misapplied Education, has a great idea. Switch off the lights and the ACs to save money!