Waterfront project expo next February
Dubai , July 27, 2007
The future of the Arabian Gulf's coastline development will be showcased at a high-profile exhibition in February next.
To be organised as part of the 7th International Conference on Coastal and Port Engineering in Developing Countries (Copedec), the exhibition is scheduled to be held in Dubai from February 24 to 28, 2008.
The exhibition, titled Waterfront 2008 Dubai, will feature waterfront projects from UAE, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and Saudi Arabia.
'The Waterfront 2008 Dubai will provide an international business platform for the sector. It will allow top companies working in the sector to demonstrate the range, applicability and quality of their products and services to organisations keen to develop and manage their waterfront and coastal areas,' said Essa Al Maidour, assistant director general of Dubai Municipality for general projects affairs and chairman of the local organising committee of PIANC-Copedec 2008.
From Dubai, Al Maidour noted, the projects on display would include the Dubai Waterfront, the largest man-made development in the world which is predicted to cost over $27 billion; Dubailand, a $5 billion theme park facility on 185 million sq m of land; The Palm, the world's largest three artificial islands; and Dubai Maritime City, the world's largest maritime development.
From Bahrain, four projects will be showcased in the exhibition: Financial Harbour in Mina Manama, $1 billion architectural venture with design recalling the sails of Arabian dhows; Tala Island, a $110 million residential project in the heart of the Amwajj Islands off the northeast coast of Muharraq; Al Marsa, The Floating City, a $40 million waterfront villas paradise, reminiscent of Venice, with the exclusive ambience of St Torpez; and Durrat Khaleej Al Bahrain, a billion dollar commercial and residential project in the south east of the kingdom.
Two waterfront projects from Kuwait will also find their place in the exhibition. They are Al Kout at Fahaheel (south of Kuwait City), a $53 million double-pier development with lagoon, culture/entertainment complex, marina, residence and commerce; and Kuwait Towers on the Ras-Agoza cape, a three-tower cluster featuring a rotating scenic sphere and reservoir.
Oman's coastline projects to be showcased at the exhibition include The Wave at Seeb, a $805 million resort project with villas, watersport centre, hotels, marina, and yacht/golf club and a private beach; and The Blue City, a $15 billion megacity to be built on a huge 34 square metre triangle at Al Sawadi, around a natural creek, which will include residences, leisure complexes, academic and training services, wellness and medical facilities, a cruise ship harbour, marina and Nautical Institute.
Pearl of the Gulf – Qatar’s global village, a $2.5 billion artificial island off the coast of Doha, will also be showcased at the exhibition. It combines the natural beauty of the surroundings with world-class landscaping and architecture for a unique cultural, recreations and living experience.
Saudi Arabia's participation in the exhibition would be through City Fanar, a $200 million Future City, on 300,00 square metres of manmade lagoon, in Al Khobar.
Copedec 2008 is organised jointly by Dubai Municipality and the Brussels-based International Navigation Association (PIANC) at the Intercontinental Hotel in Dubai Festival City. The event will draw more than 1000 marine engineers and scientists from developing countries. The overall aim of PIANC-Copedec is to provide an international forum where coastal and port engineers from developing countries can exchange know-how and experience amongst themselves and, crucially, with their colleagues from industrialised countries.-TradeArabia News Service