Click here to close now.


News Feed Item

Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week to Welcome 30,000 Attendees from 172 Countries

Source: World Future Energy Summit (WFES)

- Expanded calendar of more than 30 conferences, exhibitions, seminars, panel discussions, receptions and community events
- Hosted by Masdar, 7th annual World Future Energy summit, 2nd International Water Summit and inaugural EcoWASTE exhibition to be held from January 20-22

Abu Dhabi, Jan 15, 2014 - (ACN Newswire) - Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW) will welcome an estimated 30,000 attendees at more than 30 events from January 18-25, making it one of the largest global gatherings to date dedicated to the wider adoption of renewable energies and sustainable development.

Over seven days in the UAE capital, decision makers from government, industry, academia and civil society will address some of the world's most urgent energy and sustainability challenges, including the economics of renewable energies, the effects of water scarcity, and the impact on the environment and natural resources of population growth and our ever expanding cities.

Further raising Abu Dhabi's profile as a global platform to address issues at the heart of the energy-water-and-waste nexus, ADSW 2014 is expected to attract attendees from 172 countries, up from 155 nations last year.

"With the World Future Energy Summit as its cornerstone, Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week will set a new benchmark both for attendee numbers - 30,000 up from 26,000 last year - and new initiatives launched," said Naji El Haddad, WFES Show Director. "Crucially, the more than 30 events over the seven days of January 18-25 will open doors to the substantial commercial opportunities of sustainable development and renewable energy, as well as debate the necessary progress in policy and technology to achieve a sustainable future."

Once again the World Future Energy Summit, now in its seventh year, will be the centerpiece of ADSW. Hosted by Masdar from January 20-22, WFES 2014 will stage a three-day conference and large-scale exhibition, with new and expanded features including the Sustainable Living Expo, the Project and Finance Village, and the Green Careers Fair.

Co-located with WFES and also hosted by Masdar will be the 2nd International Water Summit and the inaugural EcoWASTE exhibition. An original global forum advocating water sustainability in arid regions, IWS 2014 will feature the Sustainable Water Solutions Village, aimed at raising awareness of more sustainable agricultural practices and the available funding to help adopt them.

The first EcoWASTE exhibition is a specialised event for the sustainable waste management and recycling sector, and is set to host 50 local and international suppliers and 2,000 industry professionals, including buyers and technical experts.

Around 125 speakers will address this year's WFES conference programme, which begins with the Global Leaders' Summit on Day One, followed by global and Middle East perspective on the present and future landscape for renewable energies on Day Two, and a final day session dedicated to next-generation sustainable energy technologies.

Notable speakers include Jeffrey Sachs, director of the Earth Institute, Columbia University; Christof Ruhl, Chief Economist of BP Global; Marie-Jose Nadeau, President, World Energy Council; Santiago Seage, Chairman and CEO of Abengoa Solar; Jos Verbeek, Lead Economist, Development Prospects Group at the World Bank; James Cameron, Founder and Executive Chairman of Climate Change Capital; and Bernard Clement, Senior Vice President for New Energies & Operations, Total.

Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week will include more than 30 events across a variety of platforms, from high-level discussions to public awareness campaigns. New this year will be the Renewable Energy Jobs Conference, hosted on Jan 21 by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), which will gather private and public sector experts to share knowledge, experience and best practice on converting renewable energy investment into secure employment opportunities.

Also on January 21, China Day will celebrate China's recent membership of IRENA and growing status in the renewable energies sector, encouraging greater collaboration in renewable energy projects in MENA and international markets.

ADSW 2014 will also stage the first Blue Economy Summit, organised by the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Republic of Seychelles, to focus attention on policy frameworks for the conservation of oceans and the sustainable development of ocean-linked communities.

Outside the exhibitions halls, The Festival @ Masdar City from January 24-25 will take the sustainability message into the community, with food stands, market stalls and family entertainment promoting sustainable living to UAE residents.

The 7th annual World Future Energy Summit, the 2nd International Water Summit and the inaugural EcoWASTE exhibition, all hosted by Masdar, take place from January 20-22 at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre.

About Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW)

Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week is an annual platform that addresses the interconnected challenges impacting the widespread adoption of renewable energy and the acceleration of sustainable development. It is the largest gathering on sustainability in the Middle East, which this year will attract more than 30,000 attendees from 172 countries. For more information, visit

About Masdar

Masdar is Abu Dhabi's renewable energy company advancing the development, commercialisation and deployment of clean energy technologies and solutions. The company serves as a link between today's fossil fuel economy and the energy economy of the future. Wholly owned by the Mubadala Development Company PJSC, the strategic investment company of the Government of Abu Dhabi, Masdar is dedicated to the Emirate's long-term vision for the future of energy. For more information, visit

About World Future Energy Summit (WFES)

Held under the patronage of H.H General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, the 7th edition of the World Future Energy Summit (WFES) runs from 20-22 January 2014 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre with the theme of 'Powering the Future of Energy Innovation and Investment'.

Since its inception in 2008, WFES has grown to become the leading discussion platform for renewable energy, clean technology and sustainability, and it is now considered the preeminent international event for government and industry decision makers to find viable, sustainable solutions to the world's growing energy challenges.

Hosted by Masdar, Abu Dhabi's renewable energy company, WFES 2014 is the centrepiece of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, the largest ever gathering on sustainability in the Middle East. The event comprises a world-class conference that offers an unparalleled forum for political, business and intellectual debate and a large-scale exhibition which facilitates networking and transactions between manufacturers, suppliers and customers across both the public and private sectors.

Organised by Reed Exhibitions, WFES 2014 is co-located with 2nd International Water Summit ( and the first EcoWASTE exhibition ( For more information, visit

Source: World Future Energy Summit (WFES)

Naji El Haddad
Show Director - WFES
E: [email protected]
T: +971 2 4090 499

Nathan Wilson
Asda'a Burson-Marsteller
E: [email protected]
T: +971 2 6334 133

Copyright 2014 ACN Newswire. All rights reserved.

More Stories By ACN Newswire

Copyright 2008 ACN Newswire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of ACN Newswire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of ACN Newswire. ACN Newswire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

Latest Stories
For almost two decades, businesses have discovered great opportunities to engage with customers and even expand revenue through digital systems, including web and mobile applications. Yet, even now, the conversation between the business and the technologists that deliver these systems is strained, in large part due to misaligned objectives. In his session at DevOps Summit, James Urquhart, Senior Vice President of Performance Analytics at SOASTA, Inc., will discuss how measuring user outcomes –...
As a company adopts a DevOps approach to software development, what are key things that both the Dev and Ops side of the business must keep in mind to ensure effective continuous delivery? In his session at DevOps Summit, Mark Hydar, Head of DevOps, Ericsson TV Platforms, will share best practices and provide helpful tips for Ops teams to adopt an open line of communication with the development side of the house to ensure success between the two sides.
Recently announced Azure Data Lake addresses the big data 3V challenges; volume, velocity and variety. It is one more storage feature in addition to blobs and SQL Azure database. Azure Data Lake (should have been Azure Data Ocean IMHO) is really omnipotent. Just look at the key capabilities of Azure Data Lake:
SYS-CON Events announced today that ProfitBricks, the provider of painless cloud infrastructure, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 17th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on November 3–5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. ProfitBricks is the IaaS provider that offers a painless cloud experience for all IT users, with no learning curve. ProfitBricks boasts flexible cloud servers and networking, an integrated Data Center Designer tool for visual control over the...
The IoT market is on track to hit $7.1 trillion in 2020. The reality is that only a handful of companies are ready for this massive demand. There are a lot of barriers, paint points, traps, and hidden roadblocks. How can we deal with these issues and challenges? The paradigm has changed. Old-style ad-hoc trial-and-error ways will certainly lead you to the dead end. What is mandatory is an overarching and adaptive approach to effectively handle the rapid changes and exponential growth.
DevOps is here to stay because it works. Most businesses using this methodology are already realizing a wide range of real, measurable benefits as a result of implementing DevOps, including the breakdown of inter-departmental silos, faster delivery of new features and more stable operating environments. To take advantage of the cloud’s improved speed and flexibility, development and operations teams need to work together more closely and productively. In his session at DevOps Summit, Prashanth...
As a CIO, are your direct reports IT managers or are they IT leaders? The hard truth is that many IT managers have risen through the ranks based on their technical skills, not their leadership ability. Many are unable to effectively engage and inspire, creating forward momentum in the direction of desired change. Renowned for its approach to leadership and emphasis on their people, organizations increasingly look to our military for insight into these challenges.
Achim Weiss is Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of ProfitBricks. In 1995, he broke off his studies to co-found the web hosting company "Schlund+Partner." The company "Schlund+Partner" later became the 1&1 web hosting product line. From 1995 to 2008, he was the technical director for several important projects: the largest web hosting platform in the world, the second largest DSL platform, a video on-demand delivery network, the largest eMail backend in Europe, and a universal billing syste...
Docker is hot. However, as Docker container use spreads into more mature production pipelines, there can be issues about control of Docker images to ensure they are production-ready. Is a promotion-based model appropriate to control and track the flow of Docker images from development to production? In his session at DevOps Summit, Fred Simon, Co-founder and Chief Architect of JFrog, will demonstrate how to implement a promotion model for Docker images using a binary repository, and then show h...
Too often with compelling new technologies market participants become overly enamored with that attractiveness of the technology and neglect underlying business drivers. This tendency, what some call the “newest shiny object syndrome,” is understandable given that virtually all of us are heavily engaged in technology. But it is also mistaken. Without concrete business cases driving its deployment, IoT, like many other technologies before it, will fade into obscurity.
The IoT is upon us, but today’s databases, built on 30-year-old math, require multiple platforms to create a single solution. Data demands of the IoT require Big Data systems that can handle ingest, transactions and analytics concurrently adapting to varied situations as they occur, with speed at scale. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Chad Jones, chief strategy officer at Deep Information Sciences, will look differently at IoT data so enterprises can fully leverage their IoT potential. He’ll sha...
In his session at DevOps Summit, Bryan Cantrill, CTO at Joyent, will demonstrate a third path: containers on multi-tenant bare metal that maximizes performance, security, and networking connectivity.
DevOps has often been described in terms of CAMS: Culture, Automation, Measuring, Sharing. While we’ve seen a lot of focus on the “A” and even on the “M”, there are very few examples of why the “C" is equally important in the DevOps equation. In her session at @DevOps Summit, Lori MacVittie, of F5 Networks, will explore HTTP/1 and HTTP/2 along with Microservices to illustrate why a collaborative culture between Dev, Ops, and the Network is critical to ensuring success.
Manufacturing has widely adopted standardized and automated processes to create designs, build them, and maintain them through their life cycle. However, many modern manufacturing systems go beyond mechanized workflows to introduce empowered workers, flexible collaboration, and rapid iteration. Such behaviors also characterize open source software development and are at the heart of DevOps culture, processes, and tooling.
Containers have changed the mind of IT in DevOps. They enable developers to work with dev, test, stage and production environments identically. Containers provide the right abstraction for microservices and many cloud platforms have integrated them into deployment pipelines. DevOps and Containers together help companies to achieve their business goals faster and more effectively.