The World Energy Congress (WEC), one of the world’s most important energy forums, is convened every three years and attracts more than 5,000 leaders from the public and private sectors. As the first Middle Eastern country to host WEC, Abu Dhabi hopes to leverage the 2019 Congress as a platform for promoting investment and opening up market opportunities.
Humaid Matar Al Dhaheri, the Acting Group CEO of ADNEC, said “Our successful bid for World Energy Congress testifies to Abu Dhabi’s leading status as a provider of hydrocarbons and new energy sources. As the host venue, ADNEC is committed to creating a new benchmark of excellence for what will be a landmark event”.
“Abu Dhabi is a regional pioneer of renewable energy, and is committed through projects such as Masdar City to redefining the role of our in urban spaces in addressing energy demand pressures. Staging the 2019 event at ADNEC will allow Abu Dhabi to expand global partnerships and explore the technological and investment challenges of building a sustainable energy future for all”.
The announcement comes after a meeting of the Executive Assembly of the WEC at Cartagena de Indias in Colombia from 20 to 22 October. The UAE was represented by His Excellency Suhail bin Mohammed Faraj Faris Al Mazrouei, UAE Minister of Energy, and Chair of the UAE National Committee for the WEC. The delegation highlighted the UAE’s unique role within the global energy landscape as a hydrocarbon provider and innovator of clean energy technologies.
The UAE has made major investments in both oil and gas production and alternative energy. Current oil production is around 2.9 million barrels/day, and this will expand to 3.5 by 2020. In 2013, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Abu Dhabi, inaugurated the largest concentrated solar power plant (CSP) in operation in the world, Shams 1, quickly followed by the commissioning of the London Array, the largest offshore wind farm in the world and a Masdar investment.
The UAE has also begun construction on its nuclear energy plant, which will deliver 5.4 GW of peaceful nuclear energy by 2020 under a pioneering model of international transparency. In addition, Abu Dhabi is committed to producing 2500 MW of renewable energy.
ADNEC is a world-class exhibition and conference venue located in the heart of the UAE capital, Abu Dhabi. Opened in February 2007, the centre is leading business tourism growth as a key element of the Abu Dhabi 2030 Vision. As a global event hub, with more than 1.5 million visitors last year, ADNEC has been included in the International Congress and Convention Association’s (ICCA) top 100 busiest global meetings destinations. With excellent links to Abu Dhabi’s international airport, ADNEC can offer events a total area of 133,000 sqm of floor space The Centre is also served by the Capital gate Centre, a multiuse facility with hotels, residences and other services. Among the many prizes it has received, ADNEC was voted the Middle East’s Leading Exhibition and Convention Centre at the 2013 World Travel Awards.
Since 1923, the World Energy Council has hosted the WEC at 20 of the world’s leading cities. The Congress takes place every three years as the globally preeminent platform for debate on energy topics. At the last edition in Korea in 2013, more than 7,500 delegates from over 120 countries attended the event. The 23rd World Energy Congress will take place in Istanbul, Turkey in 2016.