Abu Dhabi’s world future energy summit wins international award in London
Abu Dhabi has burst onto the scene of the events and exhibitions industry by winning ‘Best Launch Event’ at the prestigious Association of Event Organisers Excellence awards in London, June 4th. The AEO excellence awards are the top accolade in the events industry and were presented in front of 2,000 of the industry’s top professionals.
The World Future Energy Summit is considered one of the world’s leading conferences and exhibitions on global energy policies and the development of alternative and renewable investment and infrastructure. The event, staged at ADNEC (Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre), attracted royal princes from the local region and overseas, heads of state, numerous energy and environment ministers, heads of businesses from 77 countries, 220 exhibiting companies and over 11,000 visitors over 3 days.
‘The patronage and support of His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces was the defining factor in our great success’ said Richard Hease, chairman of Turret ME, the event organisers. Under The Crown Prince’s leadership, the MASDAR initiative announced the world’s largest investment fund in alternative and renewables, a staggering $15bn.
‘Awards of this nature are a great vote of confidence in the UAE capital’ said His Excellency Sheikh Sultan Bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan, Chairman ADNEC and of Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority.
On learning about the award, Dr. Sultan Al Jaber, CEO of the Masdar Initiative, said: “By recognising the WFES at an event of this importance the international community is also recognising the vital role that exhibitions and conferences have to play in communicating the message of a sustainable world.”
Plans are currently in progress for the second summit to be held 19-21 January 2009 with speakers Dr Gerd Leipold, International Executive Director, Greenpeace International and Hans Jorgen Koch, Deputy State Secretary, Ministry of Climate and Energy, Denmark already confirmed. The full programme is expected to be announced at the end of this month.
‘We are also looking at the potential for launching a series of smaller forums in other continents to extend the brand beyond the GCC region and the annual summit in a similar way to the Davos series of events’ said Lynne Evans, Event Director ‘Bilbao, Copenhagen, Reykjavik and Frankfurt have been short-listed as potential host cities for the first in the series and we are hoping to be able to make some further announcements soon.’
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