Where there is power, there is development: Queen Rania

Filed on January 16, 2013

Abu Dhabi’s bold vision for sustainable energy is transforming this nation and inspiring our region at a time when the Arab world is at a critical juncture, said Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan.

“No one can predict the future, but this much is true that energy requirements will play a vital role in determining it,” she told the World Future Energy Summit, which was inaugurated on Tuesday in Abu Dhabi by General Shaikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, in the attendance of a distinguished and talented audience of politicians, business leaders, innovators, scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs.

Speaking through the theme “Where there is power, there is development”, Queen Rania said: “By being here today, you’re already part of the solution to the global energy crisis. Fuelling our future with innovation and humanity, bringing power, and with it, empowerment, to millions around the world. So, thank you Shaikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Abu Dhabi, and Masdar for bringing us together.

“The Arab world includes some of the richest and the poorest countries in terms of energy resources. This stark disparity is evident even in countries that share borders. Despite neighbouring some of the most oil rich countries, my country, Jordan, relies on imports to cover 96 per cent of our energy needs,” she added.

“Without sustainable energy, there can be no sustainable development,” she noted. “Energy is humanity’s lifeblood; where it flows, prosperity burgeons. Where it stalls, the impoverished and disadvantaged languish, burdened by multiple challenges,” she said. —

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