H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince and Chairman of The Executive Council of Dubai, today opened Gastech, the world’s foremost exhibition and conference supporting the gas, LNG, hydrogen, and energy industry. Held under the patronage of Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Gastech 2021 brings together 15,000 global industry professionals in-person for the first time since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. The event runs until Thursday 23 September.
Sheikh Hamdan said Dubai has adopted the highest global benchmarks for sustainable development with initiatives and projects that promote the use of clean and renewable energy resources. Advancing the use of environmentally-friendly energy sources is a high priority for the UAE, he noted. Dubai has created a unique model for an energy mix in which renewable energy resources play a major role in boosting development. This commitment reflects the UAE leadership’s keenness to adopt future-oriented solutions that can accelerate national progress, he added.
The Crown Prince also attended the opening ceremony of Gastech 2021, accompanied by H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy; and Suhail bin Mohammed Al Mazrouei, Minister of Energy and Infrastructure. The opening event featured a recorded speech of Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, UAE Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology and Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company.
Sheikh Hamdan also toured the exhibition, accompanied by Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed; Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA); Helal Saeed Al Marri, Director General of the Dubai World Trade Centre Authority; and Eng. Dawood Abdul Rahman Al-Hajri, Director General of Dubai Municipality. During his tour, he was briefed about the latest innovations and solutions in the natural gas, LNG, hydrogen, and energy industries.
Sheikh Hamdan noted that Dubai’s meetings, incentives, conferencing, and exhibitions (MICE) sector has seen an increased momentum of growth in the past few months. Dubai works as one team to ensure the highest global standards of health and safety for exhibitors and visitors to events hosted by it, he said.
The three-day Gastech 2021 features a strategic conference and an industry leading exhibition focused on providing a platform for the gas, LNG, hydrogen, and energy industry to engage face-to-face with the challenges of environmental agendas and leverage technology and new ways of working to match changing market requirements. The event also enables senior decision-makers and industry thought leaders to share insights and knowledge on providing a carbon neutral, affordable energy future for all by 2050.
Taking place over three days, the Gastech Strategic Conference will bring together over 300 government ministers, energy industry leaders, policymakers, and key customers to map out a future low-emission landscape. Key topics to be discussed include decarbonisation and emissions management; financing and project investment; adapting business models in a post-COVID world; integrated energy suppliers; gas and LNG supply and demand dynamics; the potential for hydrogen to play a key role during the energy transition; diversification of the future workforce; trading, contracting and pricing.
Simultaneously, the Gastech Technical Conference features five learning streams – Hydrogen; Marine; EPC and Project; Processing and AI and Technology. The programme will provide multiple opportunities for working professionals to learn from over 300 of the world’s leading energy engineers as they present the latest technological breakthroughs and market opportunities for the industry.
Also held alongside Gastech 2021 is the SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition (ATCE).