Under the patronage of the Islamic Affairs & Charitable Activities Department, Mosque Design & Development was launched today

Exclusive interview with H.E Dr. Matar Al Neyadi, Undersecretary at the Ministry of Energy UAE

Dubai (May 9, 2016) – Under the patronage of the Islamic Affairs & Charitable Activities Department (IACAD) in Dubai, Advanced Conferences & Meetings proudly launched the inaugural of Mosque Design & Development UAE conference at Park Hyatt Dubai in UAE. This conference is officially supported by the Ministry of Energy and the Ministry of Infrastructure Development in the UAE.

Mosque Design & Development was presented to the UAE in order to discuss the latest innovations and best practices for the design, construction, operations and maintenance of mosques to meet the required standards across the Emirates while achieving aesthetic and eco-friendly goals.

The conference started with the opening remarks of Summer Sutton followed by three keynote addresses delivered by H.E. Dr. Matar Al Neyadi, Undersecretary at the Ministry of Energy UAE, Dr. Mohammad Al Quarashi, Acting Head of Supreme Scholars Authority at the Islamic Affairs & Charitable Activities Department and H.E. Dr. Tawfeeq A. Al Sediry Vice Minister at the Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Endowments, Call and Guidance (KSA).

When H.E Dr. Matar Al Neyadi was asked about the challenges faced in achieving energy efficiency goals and the future of mosques, he replied “With the new regulations from Estidama that is being applied for the new buildings in the UAE, it has become easier to achieve energy efficiency goals within mosques. Future mosques are to be designed to be more self-efficient and conservative in using water and natural resources. With the help and guidance of Etihad ESCO, we are expecting 600million to 1.7billion dirhams in savings of water and electricity. This will open other opportunities for the private sector to invest. As for existing buildings, this will create an opportunity for the private sector to work on them to match the government’s interest in making the existing building eco-friendly.”

The first day of Mosque Design & Development UAE conference created the perfect platform for the attendees to build relations, exchange ideas and seize business opportunities throughout the ACMi+ interface that allowed for many networking breaks which created a dynamic, efficient and relevant learning environment.

“We are privileged to be part of an event of this caliber, which highlights a key aspect of our identity and culture; mosques. Khidmah was awarded by Musanada to provide facility management services for most of the mosques in Abu Dhabi’s Western Region. We believe that this event offers an ideal platform for experts in the field to discuss best practices, and methods of enhancing mosque designs and eco-friendly features. At Khidmah, sustainability is at the core of all our activities, and that is why we look forward to the fruitful discussions that will be held at this event.” Abdulla Saeed Al Qamzi, Managing Director of Khidmah

Solution providers Delabie and German Home delivered a presentation about their right solutions for public places and KNY design also presented their specialized projects for mosques. Moreover, Franke, Mac Al Gurg, Sultaco, AVL electronics, Beyerdynamic, Cordial, Dynacord, Platre, Speedhouse, e-Home automation, Rasmi, Li-Ex, Sylvania, the art of Mosque, Reach Holy Land and Hidayath showcased their newest technologies, innovation and solutions for mosque design & development.

Day two (May 10) of the conference will provide a platform for presentations about sustainability in practice for Mosque design in the UAE, energy efficiency standards and strategies, balancing aesthetic goals with eco-friendly requirements and addressing existing and future spatial needs of Mosques in the UAE. There will also be 2 interesting panel discussions about Community Engagement in the Environmental and Sustainable Design of Mosque and The Future of Mosque architecture across the MENA region.

To know more about the conference or to attend day 2 (May 10), visit our website www.mosquedesignanddevelopment.com

Organizers: Advanced Conferences & Meetings is a premium business-to-business conference company focused on the requirements of the MENA region. Its events are highly tailored networking and learning opportunities, bringing senior decision makers together and providing up-to-the-minute information on industry trends, government initiatives, technological advances and developments in regulation. As such, they act not only as extremely effective tools for gaining business advantage, but also as high level platforms for change in the industries they serve.