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Empower discusses US-UAE trade ties with US Consul General

Empower, a district cooling provider in the Middle East, has received the US Consul General, His Excellency Robert Waller in a move to further boost US-UAE trade relations.

Both parties discussed the need for boosting cooperation and exchanging expertise within the energy and industrial sectors in the UAE and the US. In addition to promoting US exports to the UAE, the aim of the meeting was to discuss ways of increasing UAE investment in the US and bolstering bilateral trade.

Ahmad bin Shafar, CEO of Empower said: “The meeting between Empower and the US Consular team proved to be inspirational and further strengthened the already strong trade relations between our two countries, particularly in the areas of sustainability and energy efficiency.

“With Empower being the first Middle Eastern board member of the International District Energy Association and in light of Dubai being elected as host city of the World Expo 2020, this meeting between the US Consul delegation and the Empower team has significant strategic value.”

Dubai has seen a surge in both foreign and domestic investment and efficient government spending has resulted in the development of state-of-the-art infrastructure and a world class business and tourism destination.

Accompanied by Robert Bannerman, Foreign Commercial Attaché at the US Consulate in Dubai, Robert Waller praised Dubai’s development as a global business hub. Waller described the emirate as a business model for the entire Middle East region, due to the long-term vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.


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Increase in building projects highlights the need for more sustainable FM

Growing in tandem with the region’s population and following government directives to increase business and tourism, extensive construction in the region is fuelling the need for smarter and more sustainable cities and communities. As a central part of this task, the creation and maintenance of sustainable, cost efficient buildings, has brought natural synergy between three core industry sectors: facilities management, waste and cleaning.

As a medium to support the accelerated growth in these sectors, while showcasing sustainable and cost-efficient products, services and technologies from around the world, two niche trade events, Middle East Waste & Recycling and Commercial Cleaning & Hygiene, will debut in May 2014. The events aim to facilitate dialogue between government bodies, developers, architects, contractors and facilities managers, set to take place alongside the well-established FM EXPO and launched by the region’s leading event for construction, The Big 5.

Andy White, Group Event Director, said: “At the core of sustainability in the built environment lies, what most industry leaders dub as, an ‘integrated design approach’, where architects, building contractors, project managers, facility managers, cleaning contractors and waste management teams need to be involved at the outset. These events therefore underscore this by bringing these key stakeholders together to see the latest innovations and discuss ways to combat challenges within the industry.”

Recent announcements, including the new Green Building Codes from Dubai Municipality, provide clear indications on the direction the industry must move in, embracing sustainable construction across a range of sectors and applications. The new events, together with the return of FM EXPO will provide a much needed platform for discussion between regulators and the private sector, as well as access to new solutions and technologies.

The events will take place at the Dubai World Trade Centre from May 19-21, 2014. Beyond its role as a showcase for the industries on the exhibition floor, the events will also host a range of educational forums. The renowned World FM Congress will return for its third year, with Middle East Waste & Recycling hosting a dedicated conference and a number of free-to-attend seminars onsite.

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EGBC Annual Congress on to put the spotlight on ‘Building a Green Future’

Emirates Green Building Council (EmiratesGBC), an independent forum aimed at conserving the environment by strengthening and promoting green building practices, will host its second Annual EGBC Congress on December 11 and 12, 2013, at the Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort in Dubai.

The event will also feature the inaugural EmiratesGBC Awards which honour excellence in sustainability initiatives across the Middle East and North Africa region. Seven awards will be presented to organisations for their demonstrated commitment to sustainable design, construction, and operation of buildings and structures.

Adnan Sharafi, Chairman of EmiratesGBC and Board Member of the World Green Building Council, said: “The event this year is not only focusing on promoting the interaction and networking of industry stakeholders, but also provides a strong platform for young talented professionals to present their winning ideas on sustainable built environments.”

The various sessions at the second Annual EGBC Congress will cover topics including: Green building regulations, sustainability in the tourism sector, sustainable school initiatives, sustainability in the retail sector, financing scheme for green buildings, design aspects of smart buildings, the use of green building materials in the construction industry, and operation and maintenance of buildings, among others.

Set to accelerate sustainable development activities across the entire building supply chain, the Congress is open to EmiratesGBC members and non-members. To attend, they have to register at http://emiratesgbc.org/congress/register/. Registration fees are AED 1,500 for members and AED 2,000 for non-members, providing access to the 2-day Congress, including workshops and gala dinner.


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DMCA attends the 38th Interferry Annual Conference

The Dubai Maritime City Authority ( DMCA ) participated at the 38th edition of the Interferry Annual Conference held in the Republic of Malta. The conference was attended by the leaders of water transport and maritime, trade and tourism transport organisations from around the world. Interferry, founded in 1976, is the only shipping association representing the ferry industry worldwide. There are currently 225 members – including four Arab countries, namely the UAE, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Oman.

It is the ideal platform to discuss emerging challenges and operational solutions, review alternative energy sources for engines of marine tankers, and encourage industrial cooperation for advancing the maritime transport sector in line with sustainability requirements.

Amer Ali, Executive Director of DMCA, said: “Our participation is an important opportunity to learn about the latest regulations and practices being adopted to improve the quality of operation, maintenance and management within the world of ship and ferry building and discuss the regulations of environmental security, maritime safety and policies of marine traffic planning.”

He pointed out that the event proactively discusses best practices, systems, operational techniques and the latest innovations in the shipbuilding and maritime transportation industry.

Ali said: “The strategy of the maritime sector in Dubai focuses on integrating environmental security aspects, maritime safety, safe navigation, and operational efficiency. The strategy represents the essence of Interferry that operates according to clear bases designed to ensure the highest standards of sustainability, environmental security and safety of passengers and crews in commercial and cruise ships by applying fair regulations and legislation that are compatible with international resolutions in managing maritime operations.”



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DM wins four awards at the UAE Ideas Conference and Award

Dubai Municipality won four awards in the second UAE Ideas Conference and Award 2013 held on October 30, at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, Dubai. Ideas Arabia Subgroup hosted the event under the theme of “Innovation in Public Sector “, encouraging ideas and innovation for increased productivity and resource utilisation in organisations within the UAE.

Eng. Hussain Nassir Lootah, Director General of Dubai Municipality said: ‘The civic body emerged as the top scorer among the government organisations as it scored four awards in the category of best innovation in the fields of marketing, representing the UAE in the global community, commercial activities, green initiatives, national identity, sustainability, tourism and trade after a tight competition with other government departments.

“To protect the rights of innovators, the municipality has adopted and applied its intellectual property policy which contributed into the issuance of IP certificates for the intellectual innovators in the civic body.”


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DEWA launches Strategy Pioneers

Yesterday, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) launched the Strategy Pioneers initiative, which is in line with its vision to become a sustainable world-class utility. It will also drive sustainable development in Dubai, and promote the Emirate as a global hub for trade, finance, and tourism.

DEWA invited all the different organisations that have entered the Hall of Fame in the region to participate in the event. These organisations include the Dubai Executive Council, Dubai Police, Dubai Municipality, Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority, Dubai Aluminum (Dubal), Bahrain Electricity and Water Authority, and the Bahrain Ministry of Works.

HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of DEWA, said: “The ‘Strategy Pioneers’ initiative will serve as a platform for knowledge partnerships and to exchange information, share international best practices and administrative updates in strategic planning and implementation to develop relevant systems and management across government, semi-government and private organisations.”

The initiative has been welcomed by the participating organisations and will include an annual workshop where member organisations will meet to review corporate strategy, strategic planning and implementation and share key achievements. The event will host global speakers on selected subjects in the field of strategic planning and implementation, and seminars on how corporate strategic work can be developed and partnership potential strengthened among members.

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