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Emaar backs Engineering Challenges

Emaar Industries and Investments, a subsidiary of Emaar Properties, has confirmed it will sponsor the Dubai Engineering Challenges 2008 conference.

Emaar Industries and Investments, a subsidiary of Emaar Properties, has confirmed it will sponsor the Dubai Engineering Challenges 2008 conference.

The event, organised by Dubai Men's College, will tackle engineering challenges faced in the region and consider how these might be overcome by a commercial and academic partnership.

Emaar Industries and Investments deputy chief executive Mohammed Saeed Al Raqbani said: "The region and Dubai in particular is in a unique position. It has embarked on some of the most ambitious projects the world has ever seen. Dubai benefits from a rapid pace of development and to keep up with this challenge, innovative technologies, new codes of practice, and pioneering talent is always in high demand. With many more iconic projects still to come, the industry requires highly skilled engineers. This commercial-academic link is a sound alternative strategy to producing home-grown solutions.

The conference on April 14 is expected to attract more than 1000 delegates, ranging from industry leaders and various engineers to educators, entrepreneurs, consultants, managers, and engineering students.

"Dubai Engineering Challenges 2008 is a landmark event for engineering professionals in the UAE. Our sponsorship of this event is in line with our commitment to developing our greatest resource, human capital," added Al Raqbani.

His Excellency Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research and chancellor of the Higher Colleges of Technology, will deliver the keynote address at the conference, which will coincide with the official opening of the Higher Colleges of Technology Centre of Engineering Excellence at Dubai Men's College.

An exhibition will run in parallel with the conference to showcase the latest products relevant to local and regional projects.

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