[Coral-List] Qatar versus Dubai

Medio, David MedioD at halcrow.com
Thu Jun 19 12:27:32 EDT 2008

Dear Peter

many thanks for clarification to my statement. I am well aware of the
project for Nakheel and read carefully the article re water quality in
last month's Time Out in Dubai which described some of your work there.
Happy to see that environmental considerations are being looked into
seriously and long term.

Having said that, the reason I mentioned it in the context of Qatar is
that, as a late comer to the game of uncontrolled coastal development,
this particular Emirate has (still?) the opportunity of seeking
solutions before the damage is done and contemplating mitigation,
alternatives etc. In other words all those elements that should be
considered thoroughly prior to any development in the context of a more
or less formal EIA: something that no one can claim was undertaken for
any of the larger scale projects in Dubai. 

Having been in the region for on and off 20 years, I accept the argument
of course that the game in the Emirate in question is develop the whole
stretch (of 42 linear kms) into several hundred linear kms at whatever
cost. The luxury of doing it differently rests with Abu Dhabi and Qatar
and ultimately Oman; Bahrain as far as I know has long run out of viable
reefs or other marine habitats (Charles Sheppard is more up to date than
me on this state).



Dr David Medio
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