Under the patronage of Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA), Advanced Conferences & Meetings (ACM) proudly launched the 3rd annual RetrofitTech UAE Summit & Awards at the Meydan Hotel Dubai.
RetrofitTech UAE Summit & Awards was officially supported by the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, Etihad ESCO and TAQATI and was inaugurated with a keynote address by H.E. Ahmed Al Muhairbi, Secretary General, Dubai Supreme Council of Energy.
The keynote address was followed by two presentations delivered by Ali Al-Jassem and Aref Abouzahr on the role of Etihad in DSM Implementation and the implementation of DSM Strategy 2030.
The summit was divided into two streams; The strategic management stream and the technical innovation stream. The first stream included two panel discussions, the first one tackled the innovative solutions for the challenges facing the retrofit industry and was moderated by Andrea Di Gregorio. As for the panelist, it included Aref Abu Zahr, Rashid Al Noori, Alexander J. Banz, Ivano Ianelli and Saeed Al Abbar. Joyce Honeine moderated the second panel discussing how can the industry increase awareness of the need to retrofit, the panelist was composed of Faisal Ali Hassan Rashid, Kathleen Gaffney, Tamara Withers, Mike Pidgeon and James Grinnell.
The technical innovation stream received also a great success with Prof. Bassam Abu-Hijleh, Bachir Rajji, Mohiy Sowilam, Sandrine Le Biavant and Rohit Salunke delivering a hotel operator’s panel discussion on how to reduce operating costs and improve sustainable performance through ECMs. Ali AlSuwaidi moderated the second panel discussion titled “Overview on the increasing demand for sustainable and cost effective FM solutions and innovations”, the panelist was composed of Bastiaan de Groot, Sandrine Le Biavant, Abdulla Al Wahedi and Mathieu Côte.
Holley Chant and Kevin Sullivan from KEO International received special thanks for chairing both days of the summit.
The summit included a networking lunch that brought together all attendees, speakers and sponsors in a professional friendly atmosphere.
The first day of RetrofitTech UAE Summit & Awards 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.
Many key players participated in this event, to name a few: Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA), Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, Etihad ESCO, TAQATI, Abu Dhabi City Municipality, Ministry of Infrastructure Development UAE, Wattaqa, Dubai Airports, takasolutions, KEO International, CPA Consulting, Emaar Properties, Burj Khalifa and TDM, Griffin Consultants, ENOC, Drydocks World Dubai and many more.
Solution providers like Sylvania, Weber Saint-Gobain, Kimmco Isover, Armastrong, Siemens, Philips, Pesco Energy, ESCO, GenLed, Luceco, Jumbo Engineering, TORO, Oairo, Talisen International, Emerson, Gerab, Madico, ESGI, Caparol, Harvard Technology, Oxycom, Daikin, Bahri & Mazroei Trading, Unity, Belimo, Green Power Generation, GF+, Neon Energy, Apex Gulf, Taqeef and Farnek showcased their newest technologies and solutions for drainage and stormwater.
Day two (March 21) of the summit will feature many more interesting presentations, to name a few: Overview of DSM strategy 2030, a panel discussion on funding the retrofit projects for private and public sector, a developers’ panel session on making existing buildings more efficient in a cost-effective way and many more.
Organisers: 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.