Environmentally sustainable construction is the key to Dubai’s long-term maritime success, according to a senior executive of Dubai Maritime City, the world’s first purpose-built maritime centre and part of the Dubai World group of companies.
“Dubai is leading the world in coastal developments, which is why regional developers must set an example by leveraging the most cutting-edge research and technologies to engineer developments that protect our coastlines,” said Amer Ali in a statement yesterday.
“Environmentally sustainable construction, in terms of land and infrastructure development, is the key element of Dubai’s long-term maritime success as it will distinguish the city as a sophisticated maritime location that addresses pertinent global issues.
“As the world’s largest maritime centre, Dubai Maritime City is playing a key role in the transformation of Dubai into one of the world’s most competitive clusters, which is why we are supporting the research, development and discussions that uphold the well-being of our coastline.
“We are also proud to be one of the first developments in Dubai to instruct all developers, contractors and consultants to follow green building principles during construction, to protect the environment and natural resources, as well as to provide suitable surroundings that boost productivity and guarantee optimised living and working conditions to ensure short and long-term investment returns,” said Ali.
Maritime City is the silver sponsor of the seventh International Conference on Coastal and Port Engineering in Developing Countries (PIANC-COPEDEC VII), slated to run from February 24 to 28.
More than 1,000 of the world’s top maritime scientists, engineers and coastal managers will convene at the event, tackling issues relating to Dubai’s coastal developments, including Dubai Creek’s marine environment issues; coastal modelling of the Dubai coastline; the generic impact of large-scale constructions on the shoreline and port expansion.
The Conference, with the theme ‘Best Practices in the Coastal Environment’ will discuss 226 papers from 14 countries relating to coastal and port infrastructure engineering and ports and even marina management and planning.
Call for eco-friendly coast developments