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Visitors throng power events

(Staff Report) / 18 February 2013

Middle East Electricity and Solar Middle East brought together thousands of exhibitors and visitors as both events kicked off on Sunday.

Shaikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and UAE Minister of Finance, officially inaugurated the events, which are taking place until tomorrow at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Middle East Electricity is one of the world’s foremost energy events, featuring more than 1,100 exhibitors from 60 countries, out to impress 15,000 industry professionals with their latest innovations, solutions, products and services.

The global appeal of the three-day event is underlined by the participation of 17 government-approved internationa

Enpark awards trade licence

DUBAI - Environment and Energy Park, or Enpark, one of Tecom Investments’ 10 business parks in Dubai, on Sunday announced the award of its flagship trade licence to First Solar, which will lead the world’s premier provider of fully-integrated solar solutions establishing a Middle East operating subsidiary within the free zone.

The announcement was made during Solar Middle East 2013, in which Enpark is the its strategic partner.

Founded in 1999 and listed in the US, First Solar is a global provider of comprehensive photovoltaic solar systems which use advanced thin-film modules.

The first phase of the Shaikh Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, a 13MW solar PV power plant, is currently under construction for the Dubai Electriciy and Water Authority. It is the first installation being built by First Solar in the Mena region at present. Additionally, the company is also supplying Masdar with half of the 10MW solar panels for Masdar City.

“We take real pride in welcoming a major player like First Solar as one of Enpark’s business partners. The company clearly recognises the potential of the market in Dubai and the wider region,” Enpark director Saeed bin Ghubash said.


l pavilions, including Austria, Canada, China, Finland, France, Germany, India, Italy, Korea, Spain, Taiwan, Turkey, the UK and the US.

The 2013 edition also marks the co-location of the inaugural edition of Solar Middle East, introduced in response to the growing number of Middle East Electricity exhibitors involved with solar technologies.

The dedicated solar showcase, which also features the Solar Middle East Conference, hosts more than 100 international solar companies, making it the largest ever gathering of solar technology solutions and service providers ever seen in the region.

Anita Mathews, director of Informa Energy Group, the organisers of the two events, said that the international popularity of the two shows is enhanced by Dubai’s conducive business environment and strategic location as a prime re-export market.

“Middle East Electricity... has a global reach and is one of the most important dates in the energy sector calendar around the world,” said Mathews. “Over the course of the next three days, thousands of visitors from more than 120 countries will walk through the exhibition doors to procure products or services for their respective markets.”

“In recent years, more emphasis has been focused toward renewable energy, particularly solar, and with the region having such an abundance of the infinite resource, Solar Middle East was a natural value-added addition to Middle East Electricity.”

Another new addition to the Middle East’s largest and longest running energy event is the Green Energy Middle East Conference, held in partnership with Dubai Municipality, and taking place today. The one-day conference will outline the new 2013 green building codes, focusing on reducing carbon emissions in Dubai. Returning this year is the popular Middle East Electricity Awards, recognising outstanding achievements of individuals, departments, teams or organisations that have contributed to the growth and development of the energy industry in the Middle East.

Other highlights of the 38th Middle East Electricity include the free-to-attend technical seminars, where a selection of exhibitors will present latest innovations and products to visitors over the three days on the show floor.



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