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

Saeed Mohammed Al-Tayer
Updated 14 June 2017

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.


Russia’s cultural capital beckons GCC travelers

Updated 17 October 2019

Russia’s cultural capital beckons GCC travelers

  • Citizens of Oman, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia can now benefit from fast and convenient 
eVisa portal when arranging their next visit to the city of St. Petersburg.
Guarded by two marble lions at the entrance, the Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palace St. Petersburg sits within the walls of a 19th-century royal palace in the beautifully preserved imperial city of St. Petersburg. Celebrated globally for its history and architecture, Russia’s cultural capital recently became an even more attractive destination for GCC travelers thanks to the introduction of a convenient new online eVisa process.
Launched at the beginning of October, the St. Petersburg eVisa portal enables citizens from Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Oman to enjoy the benefits of fast and simple online visa applications. Travelers can simply fill in the online form, upload a photograph, and can complete the entire process in just a few clicks. Applications can be made within 20 days of traveling, and up to four days before arrival. The visa is valid for stays of up to eight days in St. Petersburg and the surrounding Leningrad Region.
Felix Murillo, general manager of Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palace St. Petersburg, said: “The introduction of the eVisa portal offers a new level of convenience for international travelers, making it easier than ever for GCC citizens to arrange a trip to our wonderful city. Our concierge team takes great pleasure in highlighting St. Petersburg’s historical and cultural visitor attractions, and will be happy to arrange anything our guests may require to turn every trip into an unforgettable experience. We look forward to welcoming visitors from the Middle East to our beautiful hotel to share cherished moments and create memories that will last a lifetime.”
The Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palace St. Petersburg is located in the upmarket Admiralteysky district and was originally constructed in the early 19th century for Prince Alexander Yakovlevich Lobanov-Rostovsky.
Since first opening its doors to guests in 2013, the property offers 183 rooms, including 26 sumptuously decorated suites.
Perhaps the most stunning of the hotel’s accommodations is the one-of-a-kind Lobanov Presidential Suite, where guests can gather by the living room fireplace for a night of intimate conversation, host an al fresco dinner party on the expansive private terrace with stunning views of the Admiralty building and the surrounding park, or retreat to the grand master bedroom for a quiet and cosy evening.
The hotel is inviting guests to embark on a range of culinary adventures across its three restaurants. Diners can experience pan-asian fusion flavors at Sintoho, authentic Italian dishes at Percorso and modern Russian cuisine at The Tea Lounge.
Catering to the needs of visitors from the Middle East, halal meat is available on request.