Four-day event held for the first time in the Middle East will discuss issues on the entire energy spectrum in Abu Dhabi next month
The 24th World Energy Congress taking place in Abu Dhabi from September 9-12 will see more than 300 speakers from the Middle East and from around the world comprising top names in the energy sector, the UAE organising committee has announced
To be held at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC), the prestigious event will see the presence of more than 15,000 attendees from the UAE and abroad including 4,000 delegates and 66 ministers. The exhibition, taking place across a space of 35,000 square metres, will feature over 200 exhibitors, representing more than 150 countries altogether.
Being held for the first time in the Middle East, the Congress will have more than 80 sessions focusing on the entire energy spectrum, including oil & gas, electricity, coal, nuclear power and renewable energy, as well as transport, energy efficiency, finance, investment, consultancy and other sectors that are affected by the energy sector, said the organisers.
It will provide an opportunity for business leaders, decision-makers and other industry professionals to discuss the trending topics of the industry as well as taking action to deliver a sustainable future through panel discussions and sessions, they added.
Dr. Matar Al Neyadi, undersecretary at the UAE Ministry of Energy and Industry and chairman of the UAE Organising Committee, said: “The World Energy Congress has gone from strength to strength with every edition. The large attendance, the diversity of exhibitors and the comprehensive conference program for the 24th edition in Abu Dhabi signifies the importance of the Congress.
“Boasting a rich history, the World Energy Congress has attracted a wide array of experts, business leaders and government officials from around the world and Abu Dhabi will be no different.
“The UAE has outlined ambitious plans in transforming the energy sector including two of the largest solar generation projects in the world and we are proud that Abu Dhabi is the first city in the Middle East to stage this prestigious event, which is another feather in our cap.”
According to a statement by the organisers, the triennial event is now considered the ‘Davos of energy issues’, with every Congress enabling hundreds of global experts to convene, share and discuss the latest trends from around the world; it has also attracted distinguished speakers over the years.
Confirmed to take the stage in Abu Dhabi are UAE Minister of Energy and Industry Suhail Mohamed Al Mazrouei, UAE Minister of State and ADNOC Group CEO Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber and Awaidha Al Marar, chairman, Abu Dhabi Department of Energy.
Also speaking are Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority; Mohamed Al Hammadi, CEO, Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation; and Musabbeh Al Kaabi, CEO, Petroleum & Petrochemicals, Mubadala Investment Company.
Among the exhibitors at the event will be Emirates Water and Electricity Company, Abu Dhabi Global Markets (ADGM), Expo 2020, Federal Electricity and Water Authority (FEWA), Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), Total, Siemens, Korea Electric Power Corporation) KEPCO(, Emirates Authority for Standardisation and Metrology (ESMA), UAE Federal Insurance Authority and Industry and DP World.
The four-day Congress will also see more than 30 side events, including workshops and roundtables hosted by various organisations. A notable side event will be the Start Up Energy Transition – 100 (SET100), which will feature the top 100 international start-ups showcasing the most innovative products and services to address climate change and improve energy efficiency.
The World Economic Forum – Global Energy Transition will be another side event, along with a workshop hosted by the UAE Ministry of Energy and Industry and the German Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy on how other nations can learn from German practices.
Two key World Energy Council events will also be held with the Congress: the World Energy Leaders’ Summit will see the attendance of global energy leaders while young professionals will be able to voice their opinions as part of the Future Energy Leaders’ Summit.