Dubai gears up for World Energy Forum
Dubai, October 8, 2012
More than 2,500 top officials from the key energy sectors of oil and gas, nuclear, solar and coal industry will be in Dubai to take part in the first 'World Energy Forum' being held outside the UN headquarters, New York.
Announcing this on Monday, Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, the vice chairman of the Supreme Council of Energy, said all arrangements to host the World Energy Forum 2012 have now been finalized. The objective accords with the directives of the UAE leadership and in alignment with the UN’s move to name 2012 the 'International Year of Sustainable Energy for All.'
Forum will be held at the Dubai World Trade Centre between October 22 to 24 under the theme 'A Forum for World Leaders,' said Al Tayer at a press conference held at the Grand Hyatt hotel in Dubai.
Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, the chairman of the Supreme Council of Energy, Dr Rashid Ahmed bin Fahad, Minister of Environment and Water, and Dr Harold Hyun-Suk Oh, President of the World Energy Forum, also attended.
The forum is being held outside the UN headquarters for the first time, thus making it the most important global sustainability gathering this year, remarked Al Tayer.
Forum will attended by more than 20 heads of state and over 40 ministers and many officials and government delegations.
Attendees will discuss the need for safer and more sustainable energy for all the nations of the world, especially as energy is a crucial factor in driving sustainable development.
“The World Energy Forum intends to tackle the issues of achieving social equity and face the challenges that face the world, including poverty, the lack of electricity for 1.5 billion people, and the effects of this on all aspects of development –like education, health and infrastructure,” said Al Tayer.
“In order to commemorate this historic event taking place in Dubai, the Supreme Council of Energy, in collaboration with the Central Bank of the UAE, has issued a special series of commemorative coins minted in gold and in silver.
Also, the Supreme Council has worked with Emirates Post to issue 200,000 limited-edition stamps to mark this event.
Furthermore, a luxury-edition book has been published, called ‘Emirates: Story of a Nation’ that will be distributed to the heads of state and high-ranking dignitaries attending the forum.
The book comprises 140 pages illustrating the history of the UAE and the achievements of its government in energy and sustainability, with visualizations of the major energy projects of the UAE,” he added.
Al Tayer outlined the latest developments and arrangements put in place by the organizing committees, the security plans in place to receive high-profile delegations from all over the world and thanked Dubai’s leadership for the unwavering commitment to making the forum a success by all standards, in order to further establish Dubai as a global hub for finance, business, trade, energy and tourism.-TradeArabia News Service