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World Green Economy Summit 2018 to kick off in October amid growing adoption of new technologies

The fifth edition to focus on green capital, digital transformation & leadership and social engagement

 Dubai, UAE, 21 May 2018: The annual World Green Economy Summit (WGES 2018) will be organised in Dubai to tackle global issues and important strategies, including the digital age and its impact on building a ‘green’ and sustainable future growth across industries. This was announced today by the organising committee of the fifth World Green Economy Summit ‘WGES 2018’.

WGES is set to take place from October 24th to 25th under the patronage of HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. The summit is organised by Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) and the World Green Economy Organisation (WGEO) in collaboration with international partners under the theme ‘Driving Innovation, Leading Change’.

WGES 2018 will focus on three main pillars, green capital, digital transformation, and leadership and social engagement. The event will gather financial executives, investment professionals, and thought leaders to discuss ways to increase green capital flows into regional and global environment-friendly projects and how to de-risk those investments.

WGES 2018 will also focus on developing the digital economy and integrating it with the green economy. The summit will discuss the latest smart technologies and digital breakthroughs that promise to accelerate green growth and sustainable development.

On leadership and social engagement, the event will examine the ongoing shift to a green economy – a phenomenon that many fears may lead to human insecurity and inequalities, job losses, and social deficits. Participating leaders and supporters of green innovation initiatives are expected to exchange knowledge and best practices to address the economic and social impact of these programmes.

“Holding WGES 2018 comes in line with the far-sighted vision of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai to enhance sustainable development in the UAE as well as reinforcing Dubai’s position as a global capital of green economy. The summit also forms a vital aspect of the UAE Centennial 2071 for the UAE to become the best country in the world in 2071;the UAE Vision 2021; the Dubai Plan 2021 and our continuous efforts to achieve the goals of Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 that aims to provide 7 per cent of Dubai’s energy from clean energy sources by 2020, 25 per cent by 2030 and 75 per cent by 2050, not to mention the UAE Strategy for the Fourth Industrial Revolution that aims to achieve a competitive national economy based on knowledge, innovation and futuristic applications by integrating physical, digital and vital technologies,” said HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Vice Chairman of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy in Dubai, Managing Director and CEO of DEWA, and Chairman of WGES.

H.E Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer MD&CEO – DEWA

“New and advanced technologies are the key to a successful and genuine digital transformation and green economic growth. It is important therefore that all of us in the green economy to formulate major policies and frameworks encouraging relevant technological developments that will benefit society as a whole. Focusing on three main pillars, DEWA and WGEO are organising WGES 2018 to strengthen Dubai’s leading position as a global model for clean energy and green economy by using the disruptive technologies of the 4th industrial revolution, such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), UAVs, energy storage, blockchain, the Internet of Things and many more,” added Al Tayer.

Abdul Rahim Sultan, Director of WGEO, added: “The Summit will be crucial to promoting the widespread acceptance and increased importance of the green economy in the context of sustainable development. We are confident that the inputs from this year’s WGES will contribute to promote implementation of green economy policies at all levels, in a manner that endeavours to drive sustained, inclusive and equitable economic growth through providing us an interactive platform where we can share relevant best industry practices and latest innovations.”

The UAE is the first in the Arab world and the region as per the index of realising global green economy and it is at the forefront of the green transformation and renewable energy. In this regard, Dubai has launched Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, the largest single-site solar park in the world based on the Independent Power Producer model. Supporting the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050, this ambitious project aims to transform Dubai into an international hub for clean and renewable energy.

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Comment of Mr. Ivano Iannelli, CEO of Dubai Carbon Centre of Excellence (DCCE) following Earth Day Celebrations in the UAE

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“The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has always been at the forefront to educate citizens across the country to practice and support sustainable initiatives, and the Earth Day activities this year were a testament of the country’s commitment to its efforts.

It was inspiring to witness the contributions made by the public and private sector on this important occasion, and some of the contributions can also be termed as best practices, which will serve as a benchmark for countries around the world.

The launch of sustainable initiatives, contributions and several other activities indicate the UAE’s determination to live life in better harmony with nature. This is not only commendable but also evidence of the future-focused vision of the UAE’s leadership to improve the community’s awareness that will safeguard the environment and educate the public.

Once again, the UAE has shown the power of collaboration, with the private and public sector working together to adopt sustainable and lasting solutions to address the challenges of tomorrow. It is indeed inspiring to see the collective efforts of the UAE come together to help reduce the impact of climate change.

As we all know, Earth Day is a global celebration of solidarity for the planet, and given the fragile state of our planet I’d say, we make every day Earth Day. From here on out, we need to shake off the apathy and embrace sustainable habits that help reduce waste and make the Earth greener. Let us all strive to create awareness and implement actions which will not only reduce the negative impact on the environment, but also underline the important role community members can play to reduce carbon footprint and conserve energy.

Just like small drops make an ocean, small individual efforts when taken together can create a huge impact for the planet. So, let’s all pledge to continue our sustainable efforts and make the Earth a cleaner and greener place.

Falconcity of Wonders fosters knowledge exchange in first Arab Land Conference as key to addressing sustainable land use  

Developer supports pioneering regional platform as Platinum Sponsor

 February 26, 2018

As part of its commitment to sustainable land use development in the Arab region, Falconcity of Wonders LLC, the developer of the Falconcity of Wonders (FCW) multipurpose mega project currently being built in Dubai, has provided support as the Platinum Sponsor, for the Arab Land Conference, being held for the first time under the patronage of the Dubai Government and the Arab League. The event is serving as a strategic platform for discussing the latest research and innovation in land governance and other regional experiences in partnership with the World Bank, Global Land Tool Network, UN-Habitat, and the Arab Union of Surveyors.

The conference saw the participation of ministers and other top-level government officials across the region, land experts, the academe, businesses, international organizations, aid agencies and civil society representatives.

H.E. Salem Ahmad Almoosa, Chairman and General Manager of Falconcity of Wonders LLC, was also presented with an award in appreciation of the strategic role as Platinum Sponsor of the first Arab Land Conference.

Commenting on the conference, H.E. Salem Ahmad Almoosa, Chairman and General Manager of Falconcity of Wonders LLC, said: “Dubai’s hosting of the first Arab Land Conference is a landmark event and a timely initiative which highlighted the trends in land use and regulations in the region. Falconcity of Wonders fully supports such activities and we are positive that our participation helped in facilitating the exchange of knowledge amongImage (15).jpg stakeholders and further contribute towards meeting the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. We find it a valuable endeavour to support such events that contribute to social and economic development, particularly in real estate development in the Arab region. We are thankful for this opportunity and we remain supportive of such activities in every feasible way.”

Launching Future Landscape & Playspaces Abu Dhabi under the Patronage of Abu Dhabi City Municipality

 Abu Dhabi (January 29th, 2018) – Under the patronage of Abu Dhabi City Municipality, Advanced Conferences & Meetings is proud to launch the 4thAnnual Future Landscape & Playspaces Abu Dhabi Conference, at the Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort & Spa. This event focuses on improving urbanism and liveability through sustainable landscaping and innovative playspaces.

 In his speech, Eng. Mohamed Al Amri (on behalf of Eng. Eissa Al Mazroui), Executive Director of Abu Dhabi City Municipality, highlighted the Municipality’s aim to strengthen the cooperation and partnership between the public and private sectors to build more sustainable parks and recreational facilities, while satisfying the aspirations and needs of the community in terms of modern landscapes and playspaces.

 This event brought together key officials and decision makers from Abu Dhabi City Municipality, Dubai Municipality, Sharjah Urban Planning Council, AECOM, ARUP, WSP, ARCADIS, 5+ Design, Burohappold, Khatib & Alami, and many more.

 Future Landscape & Playspaces Abu Dhabi Conference’s rich programme featured exciting presentations among which we can mention:

  • “Building resilient public realm and cities of the future” by Dima Zogheib from Arup, United Kingdom
  • “Thinking streetscapes in Abu Dhabi” by Hala Alamine from Abu Dhabi City Municipality
  • “Designing and developing community play spaces and playgrounds that are interactive and imaginative” by Farah Mekkawi from AECOM
  • “Impact of vegetation on microclimate in hot climate conditions – regional examples” by Abeer Manneh from 5+ Designs
  • “Creating the perfect play destination for families to shop, dine and play” by Andre Badawy from Arcadis

 In addition to these presentations, several local and international case studies and panel discussions were conducted.

 The response to this event was hugely positive as delegates and sponsors enjoyed a stellar line-up of speakers as well as the opportunity to network with the industry’s key decision makers. Commenting on their participation, a Project Manager from the UAE Ministry of Infrastructure and Development said: “Very interesting conference with a variety of subjects – yet harmonious”, the co-Founder of Fairy Tales Kids Amusement Arcade stated: “It is a very useful conference for companies specialised in the child play business and a great opportunity for networking”.

 Future Landscape & Playspaces Abu Dhabi Conference is held with the support of HPS Middle East, Land F/X, Ithara Group, Consent, Energis, Eco, and Akrobat.

 Future Landscape & Playspaces Abu Dhabi – Day 2 will feature speakers from the Abu Dhabi City Municipality, Damac Properties, Azizi Developments, University of Sharjah, DEC Dynamic Engineering Consultants, ARUP, Cheeky Monkeys Playland, Khatib and Alami, AECOM, Placemaking, 5+ Design, and many more.

 For more information about the conference, please visit www.futurelandscapeandplayspacesabudhabi.com or contact lara.makdessi@acm-events.com

Exhibitors, visitors, and participants commend diversity of 19th WETEX and 2ndDubai Solar Show

Dubai, UAE, 1 November 2017The Water, Energy, Technology, and Environment Exhibition (WETEX) has become an annual event that is much awaited by international organisations and companies specialising in energy, water, and environment, to show their technologies and products and identify investment opportunities in these key areas. The exhibition offers a unique opportunity for investors to establish and develop commercial relations and promote business opportunities by holding one-on-one meetings with major corporations and decision makers from the region and the world.

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Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) organises WETEX annually under the directives of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and under the patronage of HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, Minister of Finance and President of DEWA.

Held on three days, the 19th WETEX, and the 2nd Dubai Solar Show achieved remarkable success. WETEX 2017 attracted around 31,000 visitors, 2,000 exhibitors, and 75 sponsors from over 50 countries. It covered an area of 70,000 square metres. The 2nd Dubai Solar Show covered an area of 14,000 square metres. It attracted 28 sponsors and 90 exhibitors from around the world. The two events were held under the umbrella of Green Week, in conjunction with the 4th World Green Economy Summit (WGES), which had 60 speakers from around the world focus on key topics such as smart cities, green economy, innovation, and sustainable development.

The two exhibitions reflect Dubai’s commitment to supporting the global efforts to increase reliance on renewable energy, achieve sustainability in all its environmental, social and economic aspects, and strengthen the Emirate’s regional and global leadership in this field. The events provided an opportunity for thousands of companies to promote their businesses and products and show the latest technologies in the energy, renewable energy, water and the environment sectors, and establish partnerships. Make deals, and build business relationships with local, regional and international organisations.

The 20th WETEX and 3rd Dubai Solar Show will be held from 23-25 October 2018. For more information, please visitwww.wetex.ae

Empower highlights the latest district cooling systems to Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum during his visit at WETEX  

 

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Dubai, UAE, October 23, 2017

His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and the Minister of Finance and President of DEWA, visited the stand of Empower, the world’s largest district cooling services provider, and was briefed on the success and achievements of the company and its latest district cooling technologies at this year’s edition of the Water, Energy, Technology, and Environment Exhibition (WETEX), which is running until the 25th of October 2017 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre (DICEC). His Highness was accompanied with HH Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority who were met by Ahmad Bin Shafar, CEO of Empower, who gave a brief presentation on the company’s latest projects and initiatives.

During their visit to the Empower stand, the visitors learned more about the company’s latest range of district cooling solutions and its commitment towards increasing awareness on the importance of utilizing energy-efficient, environmentally-friendly cooling products and services. Company representatives present at the stand provided briefings and presentations about the strategic role played by the district cooling facilities in the unified efforts to conserve energy, protect and preserve the environment and help drive in reduction of carbon emissions as compared to conventional cooling systems. The company paid particular focus on the recent achievements made by its third Business Bay cooling plant, which achieved LEED Gold Certification from the US Green Building Council. The certification demonstrates the company’s continuing commitment towards adopting the most stringent sustainability policy implemented in the cooling services industry today.

Ahmad Bin Shafar, CEO, Empower, said “We are truly humbled with the enormous response from the participants and visitors toured Empower stand at WETEX 2017. The positive responses have inspired us to further our efforts in achieving sustainability, protecting the environment and serving as an example for other companies and organizations to follow. Our presence at the show has allowed us to showcase our latest achievements–including our highly advanced cooling plants in Business Bay, which has garnered wide attention and response from WETEX visitors and participants.”

Empower’s participation at WETEX and WGES reflects its continuing commitment towards providing world-class district cooling services to Dubai. Both the events serve as a platform to throw the spotlight on Empower’s newest range of cooling services while also providing key insight on the region’s rapidly thriving district cooling segment. In addition, Empower also had the opportunity to outline innovative and eco-friendly solutions that can help in the ongoing efforts to preserve natural resources and protect the environment.

“Being the world’s largest district cooling services provider, we promise to stay the number one company in the industry and will always maintain our position. Empower places key importance in participating in international events like WETEX and WGES as it not only gives us the opportunity to consolidate our regional presence but also allows us to share our industry insights and interact with local and international companies–giving way to potential opportunities and the development of new solutions in energy efficiency and water conservation,” concluded Bin Shafar.

Empower provides environmentally responsible district cooling services to large-scale real estate developments such as Jumeirah Group, Business Bay, Jumeirah Beach Residence, Dubai International Financial Centre, Palm Jumeirah, Jumeirah Lake Towers, Ibn Battuta Mall, Discovery Gardens, Dubai Healthcare City, Dubai World trade Centre Residences, Dubai Design District, among others.

 

WETEX 2017 attracts key industry players in water desalination, treatment, and conservation technologies

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Dubai, UAE, 15 October 2017: The scarcity of drinking water in various parts of the world imposes challenges that encouraged many companies to invest in research of new technologies for water production and storage. This work has coincided with broad awareness campaigns to encourage the sensible use of water and the reduction of waste. Researchers have taken different paths in their quest to find new sources of water supply. This includes enhancing the desalination of seawater and reducing its costs, wastewater treatment, and desalination using renewable energy.

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The innovative solutions and cutting-edge technologies in water treatment are one of the key subjects of the 19th Water, Energy, Technology and Environment Exhibition (WETEX 2017). DEWA is organising WETEX in adherence with the directives of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and under the patronage of HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, Minister of Finance, and President of DEWA.. WETEX’s theme is ‘At the Forefront of Sustainability,’ and will take place from 23 to 25 October 2017 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre. It will present the latest developments and technologies in water, energy and environmental technology.

This year’s WETEX provides large spaces that bring together key industry players from around the world under one roof. This covers all aspects, from water treatment, desalination plants, pipes of all kinds, to coolers and heaters, as well as other products and solutions. WETEX will also have tools, equipment and accessories for digging technologies, pumps, valves, the latest advances in irrigation systems, agriculture and horticultural equipment and water extraction equipment. With a focus on water conservation, WETEX will include products for detecting and treating water leaks, reservoir lining, and various materials used in the water sector and for water transportation.

During the exhibition, DEWA will also highlight its strategic plan to promote the efficiency of its water network to meet increasing demand and support the sustainable development of Dubai. DEWA will also highlight the efforts of the UAE Water Aid Foundation (Suqia), operating under the umbrella of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives, to combat poverty and diseases by finding long-term sustainable solutions for the scarcity of drinking water by using solar power and other sustainable solutions.

By end of 2016, over 8 million people in 19 countries around the world benefitted from Suqia’s projects.

WETEX has established itself as one of the largest exhibitions of its kind worldwide, with an increasing number of exhibitors and sponsors. WETEX 2017 serves as an important meeting point for manufacturers, service providers, decision-makers and investors from around the world to ensure a brighter future for generations to come. Since its launch, the exhibition has seen the signing of numerous deals and partnerships that contributed to shifting the energy sector regionally and globally. This year, WETEX will provide a platform to show the latest technologies in water, energy, the environment and green economy.

The exhibition focuses on innovation as one of the key pillars to drive sustainable development, improve quality of life and transform Dubai into the preferred place to live, work, and visit. DEWA is organising WETEX under the umbrella of the 4th Green Week, which coincides with the 2nd Dubai Solar Show and the 4th World Green Economy Summit (WGES). A large number of experts and specialists from around the world will take part in WGES to speak on various aspects of green economy, smart cities and innovation.