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Coastal engineering issues in the spotlight

Coastal engineering issues in the spotlight

Dubai: Dubai is the venue for the premier international conference on coastal engineering, 24-28 February 2008, bringing together over 1,000 marine engineers, scientists and academics from around the world to exchange know-how and experience.
The conference,  the seventh international summit on Coastal and Port Engineering in Developing Countries (PIANC-COPEDEC VII), comes at a significant time as the Arabian Gulf region witnesses US$100bn investments in waterfront developments.
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The event, which is jointly organised by Dubai Municipality and the Brussels-based International Navigation Association (PIANC), will be held at the InterContinental Hotel in Dubai Festival City.
The theme of the conference is 'Best Practices in the Coastal Environment' and will discuss topics on 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.  
A concurrent exhibition of products and services, 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 $27bn; Dubailand, a $5bn 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 $1bn Financial Harbor in Mina Manama, US$110 million Tala Island, $40m Floating City, and $1bn Durrat Khaleej, Kuwait's $53m Al Kout development at Fahaheel, Oman's $805m The Wave at Seeb, and $15bn The Blue City, Qatar's $2.5bn Pearl of the Gulf, and Saudi Arabia's $200m City Fanar in Al Khobar.  [17/12/07]

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