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DSCE to visit the US to present State of the Energy Report 2014

The Dubai Supreme Council of Energy (DSCE) has sent a high profile delegation to New York, led by HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer (right), vice chairman of the Supreme Council of Energy to present the first State of the Energy Report: Dubai 2014 at the United Nations.

Al Tayer praised the current cooperation and synergy between the Supreme Council of Energy and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the noticeable contribution in the preparation to launch the State of Energy Report 2014.

This report is one of the pioneering steps to consolidate and support the Green Economy for Sustainable Development initiative of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to achieve the UAE Vision 2021 to make the UAE one of the best countries in world.

The report provides information and key insights on how a knowledge economy can achieve green and sustainable development.

Launching of the report last October coincided with World Energy Day, which was endorsed by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and adopted by 54 other countries around the world in addition to representatives from the United Nations, the Arab League and the African Union, when the Dubai Declaration of Energy for All was signed on 22 October 2012.

It also coincided with Dubai successfully being chosen to host the Expo 2020. A select group of international experts and business leaders contributed in the discussion of the bid committee with representatives and delegates of the state members of Bureau International des Expositions from 167 nations.

During the visit, HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer Vice Chairman of Dubai Supreme Council of Energy will deliver speech at the United Nations headquarters in New York to launch the State of the Energy Report: Dubai 2014 and will sign an MOU between the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy and the UNDP to enhance cooperation and preparation of the World Green Economy Summit that will be held next April in Dubai during the Water, Energy, Technology and Environment Exhibition (WETEX 2014).


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ADSG members plan ahead

At its fourth Quarterly Forum Meeting, the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Group (ADSG) discussed the group’s strategy for the years 2014 to 2018. The meeting was hosted by an ADSG member, Rotana, where members explored the current and upcoming sustainability issues that the group should work on.

During the opening of the meeting, Huda Al Houqani, ADSG’s director, said: “Our focus will remain on partnership, collaboration and knowledge sharing – as our chosen operating model to advance economic, social, and environmental objectives simultaneously.”

During the meeting the group announced that one of its members, Masdar, is working closely with the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP). CDP is an international non-profit organisation that provides the only global system for companies and cities to measure, disclose, manage and share vital environmental information.

The ADSG invited its members to form a pilot group of companies in Abu Dhabi to further develop their carbon reporting, in accordance with the CDP’s reporting approach.

During the meeting, and the group discussed its forthcoming plans to participate at the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week taking place next year from January 18-24.


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BGreen Awards 2013: The Winners

More than 300 people attended one of the biggest evenings in the UAE last night for the BGreen Awards 2013.

The glittering ceremony at the Jumeirah Beach Hotel in Dubai recognised the sustainability achievements of organisations across the country in 12 categories.

Among the guests were government delegations from Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM), Dubai Municipality and Emirates Transport.

Addressing the audience at the beginning, DTCM’s Shaikha Ebrahim Al Mutawa who told the audience of her joy over the Expo 2020 win for Dubai, announced the previous evening. “The people are united, not just the emirates but all the nationalities,” she said.

Referring to the Expo bid’s focus on sustainability, she described the BGreen Awards as “a celebration of sustainability and rewarding those companies who have begun the journey – everyone is a winner.”

Introducing the evening BGreen senior editor Gary Wright told the audience: “This evening is about recognising achievements of organisations both large and small and while there can be only one winner in each category. Each of the finalists has my personal congratulations for their sustainability efforts in the past 12 months.”

BGreen Award Winners

(Click on the award to see winner’s reaction)

Most Sustainable Large Corporation,

Winner: Interface.

Runners Up:  Du and Unibeton


Contractor of the Year Award

Winner: Brookfield Multiplex

Runners up: Al Tayer and Arabtec


Green Building Project of the Year

Winner: The Change Intiative building in Barsha.

Runners Up: Dubai Electricity and Water Authority HQ at Al Quoz and Standard Chartered Bank by Brookfield Multiplex in Downtown Burj Khalifa


Energy Efficiency Project of the Year

Winner:  Green Energy Solutions and Sustainability LLC

Runners Up: Dubai Municipality (nominated by Philips) and Pacific Controls System


Sustainable Lighting Project of the Year

Winner: Lietcorp Middle East

Runners Up: iGuzzini (lighting architects) and Philips Lighting Middle East


Most Sustainable Non-Government Organisation

Winner: Emirates Wildlife Society in association with WWF (EWS-WWF)

Runners Up: The Clean Energy Business Council and Emirates Green Building Council


Sustainable Supplier of the Year

Winner: KONE

Runners Up: BASF and Unibeton


Most Sustainable Government Department

Winner: Emirates Transport

Runners Up: Dubai Electricity Water Authority and Dubai Municipality


Best Waste Management Company

Winner: Bee’ah

Runners Up:  Dulsco and Imdaad

Most Sustainable Small or Medium Business

Winner: Genesis Manazil Steel Framing

Runners Up: The Green Office Company and Union paper mills

Editor’s Choice



Special Award for International Recognition



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Winning Expo 2020 bid will benefit tourism

Hosting Expo 2020 will have a significant impact on the tourism industry of Dubai and the UAE, and provide a unique platform on which to communicate the remarkable story of a young city and nation – according to HE Helal Saeed Almarri, Director General, Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) and CEO of Dubai World Trade Centre.

Shortly after Dubai was announced as the winning host city for Expo 2020 at the final vote counting in Paris yesterday, HE Helal Saeed Almarri said: “From the outset, Dubai’s Expo bid was part of the government’s long-term vision that ensures sustainable national development and a prosperous future for the UAE. Hosting Expo 2020 is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and one that will be maximised to accelerate the growth of the tourism industry in Dubai, the UAE and the wider GCC region.”

Gathered in Paris, France, for the 154th Bureau International des Exhibitions (BIE) General Assembly, representatives of the 168 BIE member nations voted on bids from the final four contenders – UAE, Brazil, Russia and Turkey – to host the 2020 edition of one of the world’s oldest, largest and most significant international mega-events. Dubai’s bid – themed ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’ – won with 116 votes.

His Excellency Helal Saeed Almarri continued: “In May of this year, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, approved the Tourism Vision for 2020. It is a strategy which sets a clear path towards developing Dubai’s tourism industry with a target of welcoming 20 million visitors to Dubai a year by 2020.”

Between October 2020 and April 2021, more than 25 million visitors are expected to attend Expo 2020, 70% of which will be from outside the UAE – the largest number of international visitors in Expo history.

His Excellency Helal Saeed Almarri stated: “With regards to hospitality, there are currently 82,000 hotel and hotel apartment rooms in Dubai with this figure expected to double by 2020: this expanded hotel portfolio will be vital to ensure the demands of the Expo visitors are met and DTCM will work with our partners in both government and the private sector to put in place the infrastructure and processes needed to meet the demand of the 25 million expected visitors over the Expo period.

“Our successful bid demonstrated the value in harnessing the collective power, resources and passion of all of our city stakeholders and the people of the UAE and we will ensure that the world is welcomed in style in 2020.”

More information on Dubai’s successful bid to host Expo 2020 can be found at www.expo2020dubai.ae



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Big 5 opens with a spirit of optimism

Dubai’s construction extravaganza Big 5 opened today (Nov 25) at the World Trade Centre with more than 2,400 exhibitors from 65 countries.

Across the exhibition showgoers were optimistic with an estimated $15.5 billion in construction contracts awarded in the UAE in the first half of this year, up 66% compared with the same time in 2012.

And thousands were pinning their hopes on a further boost to the construction industry with the announcement of the Expo 2020 winner due on Wednesday (Nov 27)the day before the show closes. Candidate city Dubai remains a front runner of the four remaining cities bidding for the event.

Event director Andy White told Bgreen that across the GCC $67 billion of contracts were awarded in the first half of 2013 that outstripped contracts awarded in the second half 2012 by 53 per cent.

A show spokesman said: “On hand will be a great number of products and division adding up to a much bigger event overall.

According to recent reports, the Middle Eastern construction sector has grown 19% with $81.6 billion worth of contracts awarded this year with an additional $64.5 billion to be granted in the second half of 2013.

The show, organised by dmg events, will feature thousands of exhibitors in 30 national pavilions from countries such as Italy, Germany, Spain, the UK, France, Turkey and Greece.

Also present will be the co-located shows Middle East Concrete and PMV Live, prepared to service the region’s burgeoning infrastructural equipment needs.

White said: “Big 5 2013 would see a considerable increase in companies from Greece and Egypt has 74 more exhibitors than last year.”

Around 70 per cent of exhibitor bookings coming from international agents, though there are 483 companies from the UAE – that’s 11% up on last year.

The show will run from November 25-28 at the Dubai World Trade Centre and full details of the programme and exhibitors can be found HERE ( http://www.thebig5.ae/page.cfm/link=1 )



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Ranking supports Dubai’s bid for EXPO 2020

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has been ranked first for the quality of infrastructure according to the Global Competitiveness Report 2013-2014.
Also, Dubai is first in the region for the second time according to a study conducted on infrastructure by Mercer Consultants because of its state-of-the-art  infrastructure topped by electricity grids and water networks. Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), representing the UAE, made a new global achievement when it was ranked in the fourth place at the global level and the first place in the Middle East and North of Africa region in ease of getting electricity according to the Doing Business Report 2014 published recently by World Bank.

HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of DEWA, said: “DEWA has a surplus of electricity and water production capacity at present. This capacity is being enhanced in accordance to the public demand and relevant transmission and distribution grids. DEWA can provide electricity and water services to the Exhibition in addition to the expected growth and the requirements of developers in Dubai. DEWA also emphasises its full capability to meet all the requirements of the exhibition at all times and at the highest global levels of efficiency, reliability and availability.

“DEWA will also collaborate with all the competent authorities to meet all the requirements for the success of this high-profile global event and to promote Dubai’s well-deserved global position.

“We spare no efforts to achieve Dubai’s goals of development and support preparations for hosting EXPO 2020. In coming days, we will develop some strategic plans to support preparations for hosting this high-profile event and to achieve the theme of EXPO bid ‘Connecting Minds … Creating The Future’ to promote sustainability, creativity and innovation of all the participants of this global event.”

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