Future Energy Summit draws top leaders
Abu Dhabi , October 29, 2007
More than 80 heads of state, ministers, business, science and environment leaders from the global renewable energy community will speak at the inaugural World Future Energy Summit (WFES).
Hosted by Masdar, Abu Dhabi's multi-billion dollar, multi-faceted response to the need for a global focus on alternative energy and sustainability, WFES 08 will be held from January 21 to 23, 2008, at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre under the patronage of the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces General Shaikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
The WFES consists of a high-level global leadership conference expected to attract 1,000 delegates, and an industry exhibition featuring more than 200 exhibitors. The summit will welcome more than 5,000 international visitors, said an official spokesman.
Masdar CEO Dr Sultan Al Jaber said WFES08 is part of Masdar's aim to provide a platform for global cooperation on issues of energy demand and energy sustainability.
'For almost half a century, Abu Dhabi has been a world leader in energy production. In keeping with our leadership responsibility, we have chosen to direct our resources towards the development and implementation of alternative sources of energy, and the World Future Energy Summit is one means towards that end,' he said.
WFES08 will be a critical forum to openly address some of the most pressing challenges of our times - energy conservation, energy security, the environment and sustainable development - and engage new audiences in the search for solutions, Dr. Al Jaber added.
Conference organiser and chairman of Turret Middle East Richard Hease said response to the summit has been overwhelming.
'This exceptional event has surpassed all expectations and we are confident that WFES and Abu Dhabi will become an important catalyst for global change and thinking in this critical field of future and sustainable energy,' he said.
WFES will see over 200 international exhibitors including pavilions from Japan, China, the UK, Germany, the Netherlands, Canada, India and France. Entrance is free to visitors who pre-register and open to all.
The WFES 08 is hosted and presented by Masdar, with principal sponsor being Credit Suisse, platinum sponsors BP, Shell and Standard Chartered and gold sponsors International Power, Total, Dolphin Energy and Occidental. Trade Arabia News Service