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World-leading scientist signs up as Blue Communities advisor

United Arab Emirates: Tuesday, March 04 - 2008 @ 10:43

Blue Communities is the new sustainability initiative which was launched under the direction of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai on 19 January 2008.

Nakheel has committed Dhs500m over the next five years to Blue Communities to fund research and development activity and to promote active engagement with international experts on the issues of sustainable development, construction, management and governance of coastal communities around the globe. Dr. Farouk El-Baz is the first such expert to be engaged by the initiative.

Dr. Farouk EL-Baz is one of the leading lights of the scientific community. Although he may be best known for his groundbreaking work with the U.S. space program, during the past two decades, he devoted his scientific talents to better understanding of climatic impact on environments – and particularly desert environments.

Dr. Farouk El-Baz expressed that:

“It is my pleasure to be the first expert advisor to the Blue Communities, one of the visionary initiatives of Nakheel. It is extremely important to constantly seek solutions for sustainable developments, especially those along coastal environments. The Earth is called the Blue Planet for a very good reason, and the Blue Communities initiative endeavors to assure living in harmony with the sea.”

Abdulrahman Kalantar, Managing Director of Design & Development at Nakheel said:

“Having a renowned scientist of the caliber of Dr. Farouk El-Baz on board as an expert advisor for the Blue Communities is an added value to this initiative. This clearly shows Nakheel’s commitment to sustainable coastal developments for future generations.”

Mr. Abdulrahman Kalantar, Managing Director of Design & Development is pleased to have signed the agreement on behalf of Nakheel. Dr. Farouk El-Baz’s role will focus on technical support and strategic planning and studies in order to foster sustainable coastal “Blue Communities.” Nakheel will benefit from Dr. El-Baz’s technical knowledge to form a team of expert scientists to work together at periodic meetings in order to draw a global map for the Blue Communities and to provide Nakheel with the latest research results in the field.

Chris O’Donnell, Chief Executive Officer of Nakheel, said:

“Having a scientist of Dr. El-Baz’s stature on board with Blue Communities is an amazing prospect for us, and for coastal communities everywhere. His career to date has been incredible, and we look forward to working with him to develop innovative solutions for sustainable communities, and to ensure that Nakheel projects continue to push the boundaries of waterfront development.”

Because nearly two thirds of the world’s population live in coastal communities, and a large amount of development is taking place at coastal locations around the world, this has led to a need for significant investment in research, development and the positive transformation of these environments. The long term aim of Blue Communities is to provide leadership in the development of sustainable coastal communities.

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