U.A.E. Ministry of Energy delegation gathers strategic support for Abu Dhabi to host 2019 World Energy Congress

ABU DHABI: A delegation of the U.A.E. Ministry of Energy, headed by Under-Secretary Dr. Matar A Neyadi, attended FOREN, the Energy Forum of the World Energy Council, in Bucharest, Romania, to promote the candidacy of Abu Dhabi to host the 2019 World Energy Congress (WEC), one of the leading and most influential global energy events.

During his speech to delegates, Dr. Al Neyadi highlighted the reasons why the U.A.E. National Committee of WEC, chaired by Suhail Al Mazrouei, U.A.E. Minister of Energy, has decided to enter Abu Dhabi as a candidate city.

“We are here because we have the firm belief that Abu Dhabi is the ideal venue to host the 2019 World Energy Congress,” he said.

“The capital of the U.A.E. has a remarkable and proven track record in responsible and sustainable energy policy making and has led one of the most decisive energy transformations of this century through smart policy making and the diversification of its energy portfolio. It is also home to some of the most important energy events on the global energy agenda and it welcomes its guests with true Arabian hospitality,” he continued.

Organised every three years, the World Energy Congress has been a crucial energy meeting since its inception in 1924 and has provided a unique platform for energy leaders and experts in all aspects of the sector. The last World Energy Congress, in Daegu, Korea in 2013, was attended by more than 5,000 delegates, as well as 250 speakers and more than 50 ministers from nearly 70 countries, including Suhail Al Mazrouei, U.A.E. Minister of Energy.

Over the 5-day FOREN energy event, the U.A.E. delegation met with energy delegates from Central and Eastern Europe, who will vote in October this year to select the venue at the Executive Assembly of the World Energy Council in Cartagena, Colombia.

“The feedback from the delegates is positive and we are confident that we have strong fundamentals to put a compelling case to win the 2019 World Energy Congress,” said Fatima Al Foora, Assistant Under-Secretary of Electricity at the U.A.E. Ministry of Energy and Secretary of the U.A.E. National Committee of WEC, the entity presenting the candidacy.

“Abu Dhabi has the right balance of energy policy, modern infrastructure and energy-specific knowhow, and is a secure and open city that will provide our delegates with true Arabian hospitality,” affirmed Al Foora.

The U.A.E. National Committee of WEC brings together all the main energy stakeholders of the U.A.E. Last month, it officially entered Abu Dhabi as a candidate city to host the 2019 World Energy Congress. Abu Dhabi is competing against two other candidate cities, St Petersburg, Russia and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

“We have strong support from local and federal authorities, as well as a robust regional support from WEC member countries across the MENA region,” said Dr. Al Neyadi. “We will continue to gather support from around the world and engage WEC members to bring the World Energy Congress to the U.A.E. in 2019.”