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surf camel
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www.dubaicoast.org

Posted on Thu Nov 01, 2007 8:14 pm by surf camel
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The swell readings that were available from dubaicoast.org are no longer there. The site redirects to a new PITA website where you have to register to view wave height charts and other data, although current reading and photos are displayed on the home page, which is at least enough to know if there are waves ... assuming it's correct. It shows a SE swell just now. I've never seen waves heading away from the shore before Confused

The registration page asks for telephone numbers and addresses etc, and even a reason why you want to register Shocked . You can enter any old crap, you get logged straight in without having to confirm anything. You do need to enter an email address for the username though.

I don't see an easy way to access the coastal monitoring data without registration and so can't provide a direct link from the home page anymore Evil or Very Mad .

If that changes, I'll update it.

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BigBadGoat
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Posted on Fri Nov 02, 2007 12:57 am by BigBadGoat
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that website is now hosted in australia?! wtf??

why would someone take it down there of all places??

Strange...

one thing i found out though is you can still get the measurement summaries without registering - for example http://www.dubaicoast-uat.socialchange.net.au/topics/2513.html

But what a pain in the ar$e to use - so many layers - whoever designed this has no idea about interface design and interactivity concepts!

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SeRiaLKiLLa
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Posted on Fri Nov 02, 2007 4:25 am by SeRiaLKiLLa
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Registered and viewed a Wave Height query, measuring place JOB?? also wave direction query from UMMSUQEIM.

I don't understand why the site is not hosted under its own like how it was before. Perhaps the database is run by a team of Australians? I don't know...

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surf camel
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Posted on Fri Nov 02, 2007 8:31 am by surf camel
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SeRiaLKiLLa wrote:
measuring place JOB??

Maybe Jumeirah Open Beach?

BigBadGoat wrote:
one thing i found out though is you can still get the measurement summaries without registering - for example ...

Yes, I was wondering about that page. I'm not sure it's updated though - information there looks different to what's on the home page this morning.

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... whoever designed this has no idea about interface design and interactivity concepts!

Not that I'm a Webi Master but yes, I agree.

Looks like we might have to rely more on the Dubai surf reports to keep us updated. Anyone living at Sunset beach might just suddenly find themselves with a lot more new friends Mr. Green

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Posted on Sun Nov 04, 2007 3:49 pm by TwinFish
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What a pain in the Ar$e!! I Loved the ease of access to the previous site.

The info on the homepage is always down so i suppose I will have to register now!

I happen to live right near the beach and an always texting everyone with updates including from the crack of dawn too for the very dedicated SOD's. If you want to join my list mail me with your name and number at:

carl@filmworksdubai.com

and I will add you to my list and you can get some text updates when there is swell or we are expecting some.

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Posted on Mon Nov 05, 2007 7:17 am by TwinFish
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Well either I am stupid or its not working as their is no data on the home page and none will download in the data section even AFTER I registered. Seems like the bureaucracy of Dubai has even made it into our surfing lives. What a pity.

Means I have to go down to the beach to check the surf......

Incidentally my name on it is LLLLLLLLLLLLL KKKKKKKKKKKKK Very Happy

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TwinFish
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Posted on Tue Nov 06, 2007 3:43 pm by TwinFish
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Hey All

Once again the graph and swell charts are down!! Its down more than its working!! Who runs the operation? Is it local or is there a contact as I persbnally find it a vital tool for checking whether there is surf or not.

The swell is moving but the charts have stopped at 8am. Short of going down to the beach we cannot tell if there is a wave or not.

What do we do or is there nothing that can be done?

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surf camel
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Contact Dubai Municipality

Posted on Wed Nov 07, 2007 1:53 pm by surf camel
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TwinFish wrote:
What do we do or is there nothing that can be done?

Well, maybe if enough of us point out that their site is not as good as the old one, they might change. After all, on the home page they say...
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We hope that you find this new site even more valuable than our old dubaicoast.org site.

And they say we can contact them...
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Please feel free to contact us if you have queries, require more information or have any other request.

Contact details:

Head of Coastal Management Section
Dubai Municipality
P.O. Box 67
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Tel: +971 4 206 4541
Fax: +971 4 206 4588
Email: aaaamin at dm.gov.ae

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TwinFish
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Posted on Wed Nov 07, 2007 2:02 pm by TwinFish
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Thanks. I am going mail them EVERY time its not working Cool

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Posted on Wed Nov 07, 2007 8:13 pm by benja
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at the very bottom right of the page there is all the usall crap of home, privacy...AND FEEDBACK i suggest to all surfers who use the sight to actully send a some feed back what ever it might be.... Evil or Very Mad

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Posted on Fri Nov 09, 2007 8:25 am by SeRiaLKiLLa
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Still unknown whats behind the .au domain, and admin contact is @gov.ae

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Posted on Thu Nov 29, 2007 10:34 am by BigBadGoat
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It's official

This site now su cks... the only thing it's good for is the webcams... too often data is not available, and i cant be bothered logging in to get to the data 3 layers down and it's slow and and and...

Argh!

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TwinFish
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Posted on Thu Nov 29, 2007 11:12 am by TwinFish
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+ 1 on that!!!!!!

I am going to email then a REALLY long one when I get the chance.

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Posted on Sat Dec 08, 2007 5:59 am by SeRiaLKiLLa
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Yes yes its important to let them kniow how sucky the site is now, maybe then they will do something about that...!

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TwinFish
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Posted on Tue Dec 11, 2007 5:43 pm by TwinFish
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Is it me or does the swell always look bigger on the palm side of the burj in the Coastal zone pics. Perhaps its cos its closer but it always looks like there is more swell there.

What do you think?

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Posted on Tue Dec 11, 2007 6:29 pm by Jonny
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I noticed that and i think it must be bigger, but no way to get there.... legally Wink

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TwinFish
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Posted on Tue Dec 11, 2007 6:33 pm by TwinFish
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Oh, I thought past that already........

I have a 2 person canoe that I fish off and no-one has ever stopped me when I paddle around there. Who says I cant take some boards on it and anchor it off the backline.....

Paddle round the burj too maybe?

Just a thought...

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Posted on Tue Dec 11, 2007 8:45 pm by benja
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yeh its good over there, went once about 2 years ago surfed under the burj for a while before security kicked us out but who knows now

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