World Green Economy Summit 2017 to commence in Dubai Oct. 24

Saeed Mohammed Al-Tayer
Updated 14 June 2017
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World Green Economy Summit 2017 to commence in Dubai Oct. 24

The organizing committee of the fourth World Green Economy Summit “WGES 2017,” which will be held under the patronage of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, vice president and prime minister of the UAE and ruler of Dubai, organized by Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), and the World Green Economy Organization (WGEO) in collaboration with global partners, has announced that the summit will be held on Oct. 24-25 at Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Center.
The fourth edition of WGES will be held under the theme “Driving innovation, Leading change.” The summit will adopt innovation as its main theme, since it plays a pivotal role to boost sustainable development solutions which thereby lead the change to a green economy.
WGES 2017 is expected to attract more than 3000 participants making it the largest in the MENA region. The summit will be held in conjunction with the 19th edition of Water, Energy, Technology and Energy Exhibition “WETEX 2017” and the second edition of “Dubai Solar Show 2017,” as part of the Green Week activities in Dubai.
DEWA is organizing the WGES 2017 in collaboration with the World Green Economy Organization (WGEO) and with the support of the UN Development Programme (UNDP). WGEO’s main role is to reduce investment risks in the green economy sector, as well as support global collaboration.
WGEO operates through seven platforms — countries, smart & sustainable cities sector, private sector, academia, organizations and civil society, youth sector and financial sector,” said Saeed Mohammed Al-Tayer, vice chairman of Dubai’s Supreme Council of Energy, managing director and CEO of DEWA, and chairman of WGES.
Over two days, the summit will discuss varied new technologies and solutions that will not only provide renewable and alternative resources of energy, but also offer several ways to tap productive and eco-friendly technologies. The summit will witness participation of top-notch experts in various sectors such as administrations, partnerships, financing, innovation, and global markets. The summit aims to create sustainable future for humanity, and aims to adapt a shift to a greener economy.
WGES attracts thousands of participants including decision makers, green economy pioneers, CEOs from public and private sectors, governmental officials and green economy experts. This year, the Summit will focus on supporting partnerships and collaboration between governments and organizations from public and private sectors.


King Abdullah Port throughput up by 36%

The number of vessels received by the port increased to 911 vessels, a 12 percent increase compared to 820 vessels in 2017.
Updated 21 January 2019
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King Abdullah Port throughput up by 36%

The annual throughput of King Abdullah Port increased to 2,301,595 TEUs by the end of 2018, an increase of more than 36 percent compared to 2017. This maintains its position as the second largest port in the Kingdom in terms of container handling. 

Since its inception in the last quarter of 2013 the number of containers handled by the port has reached 7,227,859 TEUs. The port’s management stated that the annual increase in throughput was primarily achieved in conjunction with an 8 percent increase in imports and exports compared to 2017.

King Abdullah Port CEO Rayan Qutub said: “King Abdullah Port constitutes a real success story in public-private sector partnerships in light of the increasingly outstanding figures it achieves year after year. The port has become the leading driver in the maritime shipping and logistics services sector in terms of building knowledge, launching initiatives and supporting various activities in this sector.”

He added: “King Abdullah Port aspires to support the Kingdom’s economic development and enhance its competitiveness by increasing the efficiency of logistics services and supporting trade movement between the Kingdom and the rest of the world in line with Vision 2030. The latter would occur through the provision of state-of-the-art infrastructure and advanced logistics services to become a landmark on the maritime and logistics services map in the Kingdom and the region.”

Referring back to the 2018 results, Qutub said: “We achieved a record 50 percent increase in container handling in the first half of 2018, and we are moving forward with our development plans to provide best practices in the fields of port development and operation as well as supporting logistical services. This will increase the Kingdom’s competitive advantage on the logistics services index, and in turn effectively contribute to achieving the logistical objectives of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.” 

The results achieved by King Abdullah Port in 2018 include an increase in transshipment volume reaching 1,847,569 TEUs, which is a 44 percent increase compared to 2017. Meanwhile, the number of vessels received by the port increased to 911 vessels, a 12 percent increase compared to 820 vessels in 2017. 

The port features state-of-the-art facilities including 18-meter water berths, which are the deepest in the world, and the world’s largest and most advanced cranes, which employ the latest technology and feature a 65-ton lifting capacity as well as a handling capacity of 25 containers. Such facilities enable the port to serve giant container vessels now and in the future.