Dubai to Host International Conference on Coastal Engineering in February 2008
The city of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates will host in February 2008 an international conference on coastal engineering that will bring together over 1000 marine engineers and scientists from around the world to exchange know-how and experience.
The conference, titled 7th international summit on Coastal and Port Engineering in Developing Countries (COPEDEC), comes at a significant time as the Arabian Gulf region witnesses US$100 billion investments in waterfront developments.
The event, which is jointly organised by Dubai Municipality and the Brussels-based International Navigation Association (PIANC), will be held from 24 to 28 February 2008 at the Intercontinental Hotel in Dubai Festival City.
The main theme of the conference is "Best Practices in the Coastal Environment" and it will discuss topics like coastal and port infrastructure engineering; ports and marina management and planning; development of sea frontage and coastal stabilization; monitoring of beach movement; coastal areas and environment management; coastal areas risks management; and short-distance ship cargo and marine navigation.
An International panel of renowned marine scientists has already selected some 226 papers from 43 countries which display scientific excellence and appropriateness to the conference themes. Several papers deal with the ambitious marine activities in the Arabian Gulf.
A concurrent exhibition of products and services, titled Waterfront 2008, will allow top companies working in the sector to showcase the range, applicability and quality of their products and services to organisations keen to develop and manage their waterfront projects.
The major coastline developments in Dubai include Dubai Waterfront, the largest man-made development in the world worth US$27 billion; Dubailand, a US$5 billion theme park facility; The Palm, the world's largest three artificial islands; and Dubai Maritime City, the world's largest maritime development.
Waterfront developments in other countries of the Arabian Gulf include Bahrain's US$1 billion Financial Harbor in Mina Manama, US$110 million Tala Island, US$40 million Floating City, and US$ 1 billion Durrat Khaleej, Kuwait's US$53 million Al Kout development at Fahaheel, Oman's US$805 million The Wave at Seeb, and US$15 billion The Blue City, Qatar's US$2.5 billion Pearl of the Gulf, and Saudi Arabia's US $200 million City Fanar in Al Khobar.
The event is supported by Sama Dubai, the premium real estate developer in the region, Dubai Roads & Transport Authority, and Dubai Maritime City, the world's first purpose-built maritime centre.
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