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Ahmed bin Saeed inaugurates Solar Decathlon Middle East 2018 at Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park

November 14, 2018  
Wednesday,14 November 2018

HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, has inaugurated the Solar Decathlon Middle East (SDME 2018). Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) organises SDME under the patronage of HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Executive Council of Dubai, from 14 to 28 November 2018 at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park in Seih Al Dahal in Dubai.

The opening ceremony was attended by HE Matar Humaid Al Tayer, Chairman of DEWA; HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Vice Chairman of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy and MD & CEO of DEWA; HE Dawood Al Hajri, Director General of Dubai Municipality; HE Ahmed Buti Al Muhairbi, Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Energy; HE Mohammad Abdullah Abunayyan, Chairman of ACWA Power; Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi CEO of Masdar, Najeeb Al Ali, Executive Director of Expo 2020 Dubai; Joan Glickman, Senior Advisor at the US Department of Energy, and ambassadors and consuls of countries represented in the competition, as well as the media.

His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum toured the competition site, accompanied by HE Matar Al Tayer and HE Saeed Al Tayer. They viewed the smart and sustainable homes, which have been designed and built by 15 teams representing 28 universities from 11 countries around the world.

“Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Executive Council of Dubai, I am honoured to welcome you to the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, this sustainable landmark today hosts the opening of the Solar Decathlon Middle East 2018. This year’s competition is particularly important as it takes place during the Year of Zayed, which marks 100 years since the birth of our Founding Father, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, a man of the environment and a pioneer of sustainability. His approach is continued by the wise leadership of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE; His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai; and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces. The UAE gives priority to innovation as an approach to develop sustainable solutions for the challenges that face mankind. It believes in the potential and capabilities of youth as the driving force for building a brighter future. The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park has been selected to host this important event, as it is the largest single-site solar park in the world. It supports our efforts to achieve the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 to provide 75% of Dubai’s total power output from clean energy, and make Dubai the city with the lowest carbon footprint in the world by 2050,” said Saeed Al Tayer.

“His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum once said, “We may not live for hundreds of years, but the products of our creativity can leave a legacy long after we are gone.” His Highness always emphasises the need to encourage young people and provide them with a suitable environment for creativity and innovation, to help achieve the sustainable development goals and support global efforts to combat climate change. This leading international competition is organised by the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy and DEWA with the US Department of Energy, for the first time in the Middle East and Africa. Dubai is part of these pioneering efforts and is hosting two consecutive competitions, with the second Solar Decathlon being held in conjunction with Expo 2020 Dubai,” added Al Tayer.

“Sustainability has always had a strong presence in this region. Our ancestors used natural materials to build houses that adapted to the surrounding environ

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