WGES 2017 to shed light on smart cities and green economy

DUBAI, 14th October, 2017 (WAM) -- The fourth edition of the World Green Economy Summit, WGES 2017, will highlight the importance of smart cities in the transition towards the green economy.

Held under the patronage of Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, on 24th and 25th October, at Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, the Summit will witness wide participation of decision makers and experts in green economy and sustainable development.

The summit will cover sessions that discuss the commitment of governments towards smarter, more efficient cities that lead the way in innovation, creating interconnected urban areas and eco-friendly infrastructure. It will bring together experts from around the world, including governments and industry practitioners; to give their views on how smart cities and technologies can be used to improve the lives of future generations.

"Cities are high drivers of economic growth and as such, it is imperative that in today’s era, development of smart cities be encouraged. Smart cities can contribute to green growth and significantly reduce energy consumption. In addition, smart cities have a holistic approach to urban development, which will not only create sustainable environments for the current and future generations, but also serve as a catalyst for revolutionising the way we live and work," said Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Vice Chairman of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy in Dubai, Managing Director and CEO of DEWA, and Chairman of WGES.

"We are confident that the session on smart cities at the Summit will outline varied solutions and initiatives which will drive the government and other stakeholders towards their green goals," said Dr. Aisha Butti Bin Bishr, Director-General of the Smart Dubai Office, who will be one of the key speakers at the Summit.

WGES 2017 will be held in conjunction with the 19th edition of Water, Energy, Technology and Energy Exhibition ‘WETEX 2017’ and the 2nd edition of ‘Dubai Solar Show 2017’, as part of the Green Week activities in Dubai.