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UAE Minister’s decree sets new prices for geophysical reports

Dubai, UAE, 08 May 2007: Shaikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and UAE Minister of Finance and Industry, issued a ministerial decree setting new prices for geophysical reports which resulted from the geological and geophysical studies project covering the mountainous and adjacent areas from Ras Al Khaimah in the north, to Al Ain city in the south.

The decree ordered the revision of the prices of the earlier ministerial decree No. 268 of 2006, and set prices for magnetic, radiometric and seismic digital raw data based on the number of kilometres required.

Shaikh Hamdan asked all pertinent authorities to implement the decree and rescind all decrees in conflict with it. The new decree will come into effect 15 days after its publication in the official gazette.

The Ministry of Energy engaged the British Geological Survey in collaboration with three other organisations to carry out detailed geological mapping and studies. These field mapping and studies continued for four years and required 2,647 man field days and 800 man office days. In addition, technical observations were recorded at more than 19,000 way points.

Furthermore, a seismic survey was conducted along four lines with a total length of 256 kms across the UAE mountains to aid in understanding the structural development and evolution of the rock formations as well as the dynamic formative forces affecting the area of the study.

In addition, a magnetic and radiometric survey was completed over the same area to help in determing the basic structures and thicknesses of the different lithologies present as well as delineating buried river beds for underground water investigations.