DUBAI – The Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Chairman of the World Energy Forum on Sunday to extend cooperation and support for the 2011 World Energy Forum to be held in Dubai.
Khalid A. Bin Sulayem, Director-General of the DTCM and Dr Harold H. S. Oh, Chairman, Executive Board of the World Energy Forum, signed the MoU on behalf of their respective organisations.
The World Energy Forum will be held from November 14-17, 2011 at the Madinat Jumeirah. The global event is expected to over 1,000 delegates including government dignitaries, energy ministers, and executives from a variety of energy companies to discuss issues relating to energy, sustainability and climate change.
After signing the MoU, Bin Sulayem, thanked Dr Harold H. S. Oh, for choosing Dubai as a venue to host the global event. He hoped that the event will help Dubai to showcase its attractions to high-profile international visitors who will attend the event.
The DTCM will help coordinate and facilitate processes for smoothly running of the event. Bin Sulayem said, the DTCM will undertake all necessary steps to ensure the event’s success.
Following the signing of the MoU, Bin Sulayem accompanied Dr Harold H. S. Oh, to meet Shaikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of Supreme Council for Energy, at a meeting. Dr Harold H. S. Oh, Chairman, Executive Board of the World Energy Forum, said, “We invite energy professionals, policy makers, and concerned citizens from all United Nations Member States to join to create an energy-secure world that can benefit all nations and peoples, especially those who are energy impoverished, to facilitate the development and the advancement of human well-being across the globe.”
The world continues to struggle with complex issues of climate change as well as economic and financial challenges. Although some difficulties have been mitigated, an unprecedented level of understanding and cooperation between industry, academia, and governments is required to make the current fragile recovery sustainable, he said.
Dr Oh said: “More than ever before in human history, the need for access to affordable, clean energy is palpable everywhere in developing as well as advanced nations. National and international policies addressing energy security, climate change, and other sensitive environmental issues will affect choices of energy providers and consumers. Many companies are working on carbon capture and storage technologies necessary to make clean coal a reality, because coal will remain one of the predominant source of electricity for decades to come.” The event takes place at a time when the UAE and Dubai authorities are seeking to diversify their energy resources by adopting clean and green energy solutions.