The Role of Underground Space in Future Sustainable Cities

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Dubai hosts the world’s largest tunnelling gathering

Dubai, UAE – 23rd April, 2018: The ITA-AITES World Tunnel Congress kicks off today at Dubai World Trade Center, Dubai. Hosted by the Society of Engineers UAE in collaboration with the International Tunnelling and Underground Space Association (ITA), under the theme “The Role of Underground Space in Future Sustainable Cities”, the conference will address the developments, discuss ongoing global projects and innovations in the tunnelling and underground space industry.

The opening ceremony was well attended by VIP guests, delegates from government and private sectors, presidents of international engineering associations, representatives from major engineering and tunnelling companies, as well as key stakeholders in tunnelling industry from all over the world. Inaugurated by Eng. Dawoud Al Hajri, Director-General of Dubai Municipality and President of the Society of Engineers cited on this occasion: “The United Arab of Emirates has always been a pioneer of development in the region, especially in the field of tunnels and the use of underground space, with a number of ongoing mega-projects. We are honoured to be the first country in the Middle East to host the World Tunnel Congress. We welcome all the academics and the specialists in the field, who will be sharing their knowledge to upgrade the engineering sector in the UAE, and the tunnel sector in particular.”

Prof. Tarcisio Celestino, the President of International Tunnelling and Underground Space Association (ITA) stated “It is significant that the WTC is organized for the first time in the Middle East. The survey of the global underground construction market released by ITA in the last General Assembly in Bergen shows that for the first time the Middle East appears as a significant and important market. No doubt, we have much to learn from the region in terms of engineering solutions adopted for their particular problems and they have also to learn about recent developments which may be useful for their problems.”

The World Tunnel Congress (WTC) is the foremost international conference on tunnelling and underground space where participants gather and share information to improve the industry. Each year, ITA holds its General Assembly meeting and the WTC in a different Member Nation around the world. This year’s annual meeting will be a six-day knowledge-sharing event and showcase scientific advances within the tunneling and underground industry. Expecting more than 2000 experts and visitors from all over the world, the 2018 World Tunnel Congress will focus and highlight the subterranean potential for many urban functions, the development of sustainable cities in particular. Over the six days, the leading international specialists in the field of underground space will come together and share their lectures through keynote lectures, open sessions, and technical sessions and tours, and be able to network with the most prominent names and organizations in the field of tunnelling.

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About Society of Engineers-UAE

Society of Engineers-UAE was formally organized on April 03, 1979 by the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs - Ministerial Decree No. 33 1979 to facilitate the increasing demands in professional expertise and accreditation of the engineers in the UAE. The society is a semi- government and a non-profit organization who strives to provide great services to its 35,000 members and promote excellence in engineering.

Society of Engineers-UAE celebrates over 35 years of exceptional service to the public. We have accomplished outstanding achievements in accrediting the engineering certifications, regulating professional practices, standards and specifications and developing the skills and qualifications of all engineers in the UAE by our International accreditation committee.

Society of Engineers-UAE joined the Arab Engineers Federation in 1984, the World Federation Engineering Organization in 1985, and the Gulf Engineering Union in 1986.

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