Dubai — UK Trade & Investment (UKTI), the international business development arm of the British Government, organised a bespoke event in Dubai for senior officials and professionals who are operating in the sustainability sector.
The keynote speaker at the event was Saeed Mohammed Ahmed Al Tayer, vice chairman of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy and managing director and CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa). Her Majesty’s Consul General to Dubai and the Northern Emirates, Edward Hobart, also spoke at the event.
Saeed Mohammed Ahmed Al Tayer said: “His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, launched the UAE strategy for green development in the form of a long-term national initiative aiming to build a green economy in the UAE under the theme of Green Economy For Sustainable Development’. Accordingly, sustainability has become a key objective and has gathered global attention as it addresses holistically the social progress, environmental stewardship, and economic prosperity aspects.”
Hobart said: “Ensuring that we manage our resources sustainably is a challenge for the whole world. The need for innovation has never been more important as we look to develop and adopt technologies and approaches to achieve this. The UK was one of the first countries in the world to adopt Waste to Energy technology and has some of the oldest functioning plants. It is also in the forefront of developing newer technologies such as plasma and gasification to deal with huge amounts of mixed waste. A large number of UK companies are working successfully in this area in Dubai and Sharjah.”
He added: “Given our experience of delivering world class events like the Olympics, and as home to many world class cities, the UK is well positioned to support Dubai in delivering both Expo in 2020 and its ‘Smart City Project’ launched in 2013 by His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.”
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