Reclaimed islands and new offshore townships in the Arabian Gulf: potential natural hazards

Some of the Arabian Gulf states are busy developing several large, reclaimed islands and offshore townships. These structures are undoubtedly futuristic and the ideas are quite novel. However, there are serious issues of long-term sustainability of these townships. This article reviews and discusses natural hazards that have struck this region in the past and have the potential to strike again any time in the future. Potential dangers and consequences are identified.

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