Hh Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum Opens Industry-Shaping Middle East Electricity 2018



Spotlight falls on latest solar, lighting, distribution, transmission and generation solutions to meet GCC’s US$131 power investment needs Dubai, UAE – 6March 2018:His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA); Chairman of Dubai Supreme FiscalCommittee, the Government of Dubai; and Chairman of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, officially inaugurated the industry-shaping Middle East Electricity (MEE) 2018 today. Hosted by the UAE Ministry of Energy, MEE returns to Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) amid soaring regional demand for power and increasing transformation towards clean, smart energy solutions. Running until 8 March under the theme ‘Energising the Industry’, the 43rd edition of the region’s leading trade event for the power industry, is expected to attractmore than 62,000 industry professionals. Touring the 80,000 square feet exhibition, HH Sheikh Ahmed was joined by other VIP dignitaries in viewing some of the latest innovations on display at the three-day mega show. Some1,500 exhibitorsfrom 66 countries, supported by 23 dedicated national pavilions, including Germany, the UK, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, China and more, are displaying the latest technologies, products and services acrossfive dedicated sectors: Power Generation, Transmission & Distribution, Lighting, Solar and, for the first time, Energy Storage & Management. MEE 2018, hosted by the UAE Ministry of Energy & Industry, opened amid a seismic shift in the regional power industry. With demand for power across the Gulf rising rapidly as a result of increasing populations, expanding economies and climate change, the GCC Power Market Report, prepared by Ventures Onsite for MEE, forecasts that Gulf countries will invest US$131 billion in the sector in coming years. “As a long-established weathervane for the constantly evolving regional power industry, hosting Middle East Electricity is a natural fit with the strategic objectives of the Ministry,” said H.E. Engineer Suhail Mohamed Faraj Al Mazrouei, the UAE Minister of Energy & Industry. “The UAE continues to lead the regional agenda in developing and driving growth across the robust regional power sector and we look forward to enhancing the country’s leading role through our enduring partnership with Middle East Electricity.” Anita Mathews, Group Director-Industrial Portfolio at event organisersInforma Exhibitions, added: “Middle East Electricity serves as the world’s leading platform for the power industry to come together, share ideas, trade and network at the highest level. “The show has evolved into an innovation driver across the global industry by providing a stage for the world’s thought leaders, government policy makers, academics and top executives to discuss successes, issues and future challenges for the regional and global power industry.” A must-attend industry event for all connected to the region’s power industry, MEE also features free-to-attend professional workshops accredited by Continuing Professional Development (CPD). The educational, interactive sessions cover a broad range of topics, from the Internet of Things (IoT) and safety standards, to Solar PV and the Dubai Municipality’s latest projects. Visitors will also be able to take advantage of the complimentary Technical Seminars, which offer insight into game-changing technologies presented by leading manufacturers, while Training Workshops offer updates on government projects and high-level training. Running alongside MEE 2018, Informa is also debuting the Global Smart Energy Summit (GSES), a high-level summit featuring more than 110 high-profile speakers and some of the biggest corporate champions in sector transformation. Opened by keynote speakers from Smart Dubai and Tesla Inc.,other global thought leaders set to address the progressive summit include representatives from the U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory, U.S. Department of Energy, NASA and regional energy ministries. GSES sessions cover a broad spectrum of topics relating to smart energysolutions, with three days of conferences and focused splinter tracks expected to attract over 700 attendees exploring reform patterns across the entire power spectrum. Middle East Electricity 2018 is held under the patronage of HH Sheikh Maktoum Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Deputy Ruler, and is hosted by the UAE Ministry of Energy. For more information, please visit - www.middleeastelectricity.com/globalsmartenergysummit/en/home.html
About Middle East Electricity: Spanning more than five decades, Middle East Electricity (MEE), organised by Informa Exhibitions, is the region’s leading trade event for the power industry featuring dedicated product sectors for Power Generation, Transmission & Distribution, Lighting, Solar, and new for 2018, Energy Storage & Management Solutions. Middle East Electricity 2018, the 43rd edition of the trade-only event, is held under the patronage of HH Sheikh Maktoum Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, and is hosted by the UAE Ministry of Energy.

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