Major power shows open in Dubai
Dubai, February 11, 2014
The Middle East Electricity and Solar Middle East, the largest shows catering to the expanding Mena power industry, opened today in Dubai.
Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and the Minister of Finance and Industry of the UAE, officially opened the shows that will run till February 13 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre.
The increasing global appeal of the three-day event is underlined by 22 government-supported country groups and national pavilions taking part, as all get set to capitalise on Dubai’s strategic location as the gateway to the lucrative energy markets in the Middle East, Africa and Asia.
Anita Mathews, director of Informa Energy Group, organisers of Middle East Electricity, said: “Mena power demand is booming, and the billions of dollars’ worth of investments being pumped into the region’s power sector indicate lucrative opportunities for global players in the energy industry.”
“This year, the show has grown by 10 per cent year-on-year in terms of exhibitor numbers, and we expect more than 50,000 in total attendance over the next three days” added Mathews.
With Day One dedicated to green energy, Middle East Electricity 2014 marks the launch of the Future Generation competition, where the UAE’s brightest engineering students deliver live presentations to thousands of visitors about their innovative solutions for alternative energy and energy conservation. The winning project will be decided by visitor votes, with the ultimate winner announced on the last day of the show at 2pm.
Meanwhile, more than 100 international manufacturers, suppliers and developers of solar related products and services are taking part in the second edition of the Solar Middle East.
The dedicated solar showcase is held in strategic partnership with the Dubai Municipality, and Enpark, a freezone business park dedicated to facilitating and fostering the growth of the alternative energy and environmental industries.
“Solar Middle East is the most comprehensive gathering of solar technology suppliers in the region,” said Marwan Abdulaziz, executive director of Enpark. “It provides an opportunity for all to share their scope of operations, products and services with industry peers and is an excellent platform for our business partners to engage and network with key decision makers.”
Other highlights at this year’s show include two dedicated industry conferences; the Green Energy Conference and the Solar Middle East Conference, which take place on February 11 and 12, respectively. – TradeArabia News Service