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Delegates from more than 60 countries flock to PIANC-COPEDEC VII

Dubai: The second day of the international conference on coastal and port engineering, PIANC-COPEDEC VII, and its concurrent exhibition Waterfront 2008, saw close to 1,000 delegates from over 60 countries coming to learn about new industry developments and exchange know-how. 

"The world's interest in coastal developments from technical, environmental and commercial perspectives is clear,'' said Essa Al Maidour, Assistant Director of Dubai Municipality's General Projects Section and Chairman of PIANC-COPEDEC's Local Organising Committee.

"This conference is providing a forum for detailed analysis about what we are doing in here Dubai - as well as what others are doing worldwide. Dubai's coastline development is among the most intensive and ambitious in the world. Engineers, scientists, developers and other professionals who have flown in are sharing their ideas, knowledge and experience with local experts. This is resulting in excellent dialogue which everyone expects may lead to even more advanced techniques in these areas."

Dr Ranjit Galappatti, Chairman of PIANC-COPEDEC's International Organising Committee, expressed great satisfaction with the dialogues that are being created. "It is gratifying to see so many participants, from so many different world locations, coming together to discuss themes and issues that affect us all in so many ways." he said. "We need to be able to design coastal projects with a full understanding of their impacts. Our ability to do this grows rapidly with the exchanges that take place in this kind of meeting. Exposure to the work done by others, including the massive projects undertaken in Dubai, opens our minds to new possibilities. We have to draw our lessons from Dubai which is like a giant research laboratory for studying coastal processes." [26/02/08]


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