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Al Tayer launches Global Solar Leaders Summit

First time event in Dubai brings together regional government ministers and industry experts.

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Al Tayer attends the Global Solar Leaders Summit
Al Tayer attends the Global Solar Leaders Summit

Saeed Mohammed Al-Tayer, CEO and MD of DEWA yesterday inaugurated the first edition of the Global Solar Leaders Summit in Dubai.

The event takes place in tandem with Gulfsol and Gulf Glass exhibitions at Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC).

The summit brought together 30 industry experts, government ministers and dignitaries from across the world to discuss the growing need for the utilization of solar energy.

Al-Tayer said: “At DEWA, we strive to support the implementation of the Vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, the UAE Vision 2021, and the Dubai Plan 2021.

“We also work to boost the UAE’s position as a global role model for energy efficiency, renewable energy, sustainability, creativity, innovation, and attracting investment in renewable energy.

“DEWA is committed to the sustainable development and happiness of the citizens, residents, and to achieving a sustainable future for generations to come.”

Speakers at the summit included: His Excellency Dr. Matar Al Neyadi, Undersecretary, Minister of Energy, UAE; Jordan’s Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources, His Excellency Dr. Ibrahim Saif; Egypt’s Dr. Mohammed Salah el-Sobki, Executive Chairman, New and Renewable Energy Authority, Ministry of Electricity and Renewable Energy; Dr. Bertrand Piccard, Chairman and Pilot of Solar Impulse, His Excellency Ahmed Belhoul, CEO, Masdar.

After a successful launch in 2013, GulfSol returned for its second time and has proved to be a popular date in the regional solar industry’s calendar. With a number of government and international exhibitors, the event provides access to the region’s leading companies, which supply cutting edge solar energy technologies and products.

Exhibitor, Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), is showcasing the Petroleum Institute’s Solar Car Yas on their stand at GulfSol.

“As one of the world’s leading oil and gas companies, ADNOC has a proud history of conservation and environmental responsibility and is committed to ensure harmonious balance between its operational needs and the natural resources,” said Abdullah Nasser Al Suwaidi, ADNOC Director-General.

Muhammed Kazi, Senior Project Manager, GulfSol, said: “Today marks a key milestone for the solar industry in the region. Not only have we seen the success of the first Global Solar Leaders Summit but we saw an influx of visitors to GulfSol 2015.

“The summit, attended by some of the most prominent decision makers across the world, resulted in some crucial questions and we look forward to next year when we can assess the development of goals laid out.”

Gulf Glass a co-located event with GulfSol also received tremendous response from visitors on day one of the event. As the only event of its kind in the region, Gulf Glass brings together more than150 exhibitors from across the Middle East.

Both GulfSol and Gulf Glass will run until Wednesday, September 16th, and will be open from 10:00-18:00 each day. The events also includes free-to-attend practical educational workshops, which are CPD certified.

The Global Solar Leaders Summit and GulfSol are supported by premium sponsor Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA), strategic sponsor Dubai Municipality, Platinum sponsor SkyPower, Diamond Energy Sponsor ADNOC, Gold sponsor First Solar, Silver sponsor Solarway and knowledge partner the Middle East Solar Industry Association (MESIA).

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