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Unified laws on measurements to help overcome trading hurdles

Dubai hotel Burj Al Arab

While autonomy in each emirate has helped propel the UAE to where it is today, some inherent difficulties are also entailed in this set-up. On top of this is the lack of a uniform standard, which is primarily due to a lack of a unified federal strategy.

In Abu Dhabi, land size is measured by metre while in Dubai measurement is usually done by foot. The gross floor area is also interpreted differently. So measurement, which is supposed to be universally uniform, is put under question. Even in home appliances, one can notice that there are different kinds of plugs and there are times that they are not compatible with the socket outlets. All of these boil down to one thing: standardisation.

On translations and the metric system

Translation and Metric Conversion

I am reading (yet another) Swedish detective novel translated into English at the moment, and I find that I'm thrown by some of the translation.


As you might guess, it's to do with the translation of the units of measurement from metric (I assume, but I'll get back to that) to imperial. First thing is, I have taken to the metric system like a duck to water, and faced with an imperial measurement like 3 feet, I will automatically convert it back to metric. And, efficient person that I sometimes am, I regret the time that the translator spent that I just had to undo.

More Poor Excuses On NASA's Fear of the Metric System

Constellation program - NASA do not convert again - are they sane?

Draft NASA Constellation Program Management Directive Regarding Use of English Units of Measure


"3. RATIONALE: This directive defines and communicates a consistent approach to the use of engineering units throughout CxP. The program conducted an extensive and detailed effort to implement a primary SI units based system for design, analysis, test and operations while allowing English units for most of the hardware.

NASA criticised for sticking to imperial units

The metric/imperial mixup destroyed Mars Climate Orbiter

by: NewScientist

Paul Marks


NASA's decision to engineer its replacement for the space shuttle using imperial measurement units rather than metric could derail efforts to develop a globalised civilian space industry, says a leading light in the nascent commercial spaceflight sector.

"We in the private sector are doing everything possible to create a global market with as much commonality and interoperability as possible," says Mike Gold of the US firm Bigelow Aerospace, which hopes to fly commercial space stations in orbit. "But NASA still can't make the jump to metric."

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