International Engineering Conference on Hot Arid Regions: Challenges, technologies, and opportunitie (IECHAR)

Venue: King Faisal University

Location: Al-Ahsa, Eastern Province, Saudi Arabia

Event Date/Time: Mar 01, 2010 End Date/Time: Mar 02, 2010
Registration Date: Dec 15, 2009
Early Registration Date: Oct 31, 2009
Abstract Submission Date: Oct 31, 2009
Paper Submission Date: Dec 15, 2009
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The College of Engineering at King Faisal University is a starting engineering college established to contribute to the mission of the University in promoting the industrial and economic development in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Issues related to hot arid regions represent a major challenge to the development in the Kingdom, among other world regions.

The conference aims to provide a forum for researchers, experts, entrepreneurs, vendors and decision makers to address the issues of energy, water, material, and environmental management as it pertains to hot arid regions, and to explore state-of-the-art technologies and development opportunities in those regions in general, and in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in particular.

Issues of hot arid regions were identified to be the target research competencies for the newly established College of Engineering at King Faisal University. The conference is sought to help determine the research directions for the College, and to identify research excellence centers and potential scientific chairs to be established in the College in the future.

The conference will take place in Al-Ahsa, a vibrant commercial center and a historic oasis city in the Eastern Province of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Al-Ahsa is famous for its natural fresh water springs and palm trees and it houses the kingdom's main oil and gas fields. Petroleum from these fields is shipped to countries all over the world and is also used as feedstock in numerous industrial plants in the nearby industrial city of Jubail.
Saudi Arabia's second major product, dates, also forms a large part of Al-Ahsa’s economy. Every year thousands of tones of dates are harvested from the date palms in the 200 square kilometers oasis, which gives nourishment to over three million palm trees and forms the largest date palm oasis in the world. Al-Ahsa oasis has been nominated to be one of the new seven World Wonders of the World for the year 2009.

English is the official language of the conference.


University Street, Al-Ahsa
Saudi Arabia

Additional Information

No registration fees Free hotel accommodation for one attending author of each accepted paper Cash awards to three best conference papers