Masdar to Host Thousands of Emirati Students at World Future Energy Summit

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Thousands of Emirati high school and university students from across the UAE will attend both the World Future Energy Summit (WFES) and International Water Summit (IWS) as part of the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week. Students will learn about renewable energy, clean technology, water scarcity and sustainable development. 

Both events take place at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre from January 15-17. Students will meet and interact with industry experts from around the world. They will be given an opportunity to learn about critical issues, such as water conservation, energy efficiency and clean technology development. 

Masdar’s exhibition stand will feature live bag-making demonstrations from Abu Dhabi Award-winning student Abdul Muqeet. The 11-year-old environmental activist was recognised last year for his active role in reducing the amount of plastic bags used in the emirate by designing and distributing more than 4,000 carrier bags made exclusively from recycled newspaper. “Being invited to give other young people a demonstration of how I make my bags and envelopes from newspaper is very exciting,” said Abdul Muqeet. “Doing what I can to help reduce our impact on the environment has become a passion of mine and I hope to encourage other young people during the event to become as passionate and active as me in making a difference,” added Muqeet. Industry partners Japanese Pavillion, ExxonMobil and Shell Gas are among those already confirmed to participate and engage with students. Each company will join Masdar in welcoming the students for presentations, quizzes and interactive displays during the summit. 

Aida Al Busaidy, responsible for Masdar’s youth outreach programmes at Masdar, said: “Amazingly, the response to this initiative is even stronger than in previous years. We are delighted that so many young nationals will take up this unique opportunity again in 2013 and that so many organisations are preparing to receive them. “Masdar is wholly committed to finding, funding and developing a sustainable future,” added Al Busaidy. “But we also believe that educating the UAE’s renewable energy generation will create ambassadors for the future of the industry. The need to educate young UAE nationals about the critical issues of renewable energy and water scarcity grows more pressing every year. 

The World Future Energy Summit and International Water Summit provide the perfect opportunity to deliver that message.” WFES is the world’s foremost annual gathering for the renewable energy and sustainability technologies industry. It brings together the most prominent industry leaders, government officials, ministers, technology experts and visitors to discuss the future of renewable energy in the region and beyond. During the first-ever International Water Summit, government leaders, policy makers and NGOs will explore the nexus between water and energy. 

The summit will gather influential water experts to discuss how resources can be used more efficiently, and identify the policies and technologies needed to encourage water access and conservation. Both events are part of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW) – the largest gathering on sustainability in the history of the Middle East. Taking place January 13-17, ADSW will address the interconnected challenges that affect the global adoption of renewable energy and sustainable development. 

ADSW will include five integrated events: the third general assembly of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA); the sixth World Future Energy Summit; the International Renewable Energy Conference; the International Water Summit; and the fifth Zayed Future Energy Prize Awards Ceremony. Other events that will take place as part of ADSW will include the first energy ministerial of South American and Arab countries (ASPA) and the Global Green Growth Institute Council meeting.