15,000 to attend World Energy Congress in UAE

From left, Faisal Al-Dhahri, Khalifa Al-Qubaisi, Dr. Matar Al-Neyadi and Fatima addressing a press conference about the 24th World Energy Congress, which will be held from Sept. 9 to 12 in Abu Dhabi.
Updated 01 September 2019

15,000 to attend World Energy Congress in UAE

With less than two weeks to go until the 24th World Energy Congress, the UAE Organizing Committee has given an update on the number of delegates, ministers and exhibitors that will be attending the global event in Abu Dhabi.

Taking place from Sept. 9 to 12 at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC), the event will see the presence of more than 15,000 attendees from the UAE and abroad including 4,000 delegates and 66 ministers. The exhibition, taking place across a space of 35,000 square meters, will feature over 200 exhibitors, representing more than 150 countries altogether. 

This year’s World Energy Congress, which will take place for the first time in the Middle East, will see more than 300 speakers among the thousands of global attendees during the four-day event.

More than 80 sessions will be held during the congress, focusing on the entire energy spectrum including oil and gas, electricity, coal, nuclear power and renewable energy, as well as transport, energy efficiency, finance, investment, consultancy and other sectors that are affected by the energy sector.

It will provide an opportunity for business leaders, decision-makers and other industry professionals to discuss the trending topics of the industry as well as taking action to deliver a sustainable future through panel discussions and sessions. 

Dr. Matar Al-Neyadi, undersecretary at the UAE Ministry of Energy and Industry and chairman of the UAE Organizing Committee, said: “The World Energy Congress has gone from strength to strength with every edition. The large attendance, the diversity of exhibitors and the comprehensive conference program for the 24th edition in Abu Dhabi signifies the importance of the congress.

“Boasting a rich history, the World Energy Congress has attracted a wide array of experts, business leaders and government officials from around the world and Abu Dhabi will be no different.

“The UAE has outlined ambitious plans in transforming the energy sector including two of the largest solar generation projects in the world and we are proud that Abu Dhabi is the first city in the Middle East to stage this prestigious event, which is another feather in our cap.”

The tri-annual event is now considered the “Davos of energy issues,” with every congress enabling hundreds of global experts to convene, share and discuss the latest trends from around the world; it has also attracted distinguished speakers over the years.

Prominent physicist and former Nobel Prize recipient, the late Albert Einstein, is among those to have shared his extensive knowledge as part of a lecture session during the Berlin World Energy Congress in 1930.


IWC Schaffhausen opens new boutique in Riyadh

Updated 05 July 2020

IWC Schaffhausen opens new boutique in Riyadh

Swiss luxury watch manufacturer IWC Schaffhausen has launched a new boutique at Mode Al-Faisaliah Mall in Riyadh. Known for their timeless innovation and technical ingenuity, IWC’s latest addition to its client experience-centric boutiques in the region has opened in partnership with Attar United. The store is strategically located in the capital city’s ultimate luxury retail destination.

“At Mode Al-Faisaliah IWC Boutique, watch enthusiasts and collectors can expect to embark on a memorable shopping experience with personalized attention from client advisers who focus on every discerning customer’s requirement,” a statement said.

“Guests can discover our latest Portugieser collection with novelties such as The Portugieser Perpetual Calendar 42. With storytelling at the core of the brand and its numerous successful partnerships, each experience at the boutique is interesting and educational from the moment you walk through the doors until the end of every visit. With the aim of catering to the needs of every trusted client and prospective new customer in Riyadh, the Mode Al-Faisaliah boutique is committed to making every exciting and emotional journey of buying an IWC Schaffhausen watch, a special one.”

Stretching across 110 square meters over a single story, the boutique will house limited-edition timepieces. The store pays homage to the brand’s expertise and craftsmanship in watchmaking. Every corner of the new boutique is designed by IWC Schaffhausen’s in-house architects and aesthetically aligns with the brand’s unique identity, which is seen through personalized touches, finishes and textures including soft beige hues and dark wooden accents. This offers both a masculine and welcoming atmosphere that is the perfect setting to showcase IWC Schaffhausen timepieces.

“IWC is excited to unveil this new boutique in Saudi Arabia with our partner Attar United. We consider the Saudi market to be one with strong growth potential and have been eagerly awaiting this boutique opening for a long time. The layout of the space is centered around luxury with a cozy feeling, to make it welcoming to all customers and keep them at ease. With shoppers in Saudi wanting more close and trusted brand relationships, the arrival of this new boutique falls in line with IWC Schaffhausen’s pivotal goal to foster strong client loyalty,” said Mehdi Rajan, regional brand director of IWC Schaffhausen for the Middle East, India and Africa.

CEO of Attar United Company Mohammed Saddik Attar said: “Our partnership with the Swiss watchmaking brand, IWC Schaffhausen, is one that is of great importance to us as this signifies the first of many collaborations in the booming landscape of luxury boutiques opening in the Kingdom.”

With a growing community of loyal customers, collectors and fans in the Middle East, Saudi Arabia is indeed an ideal location for IWC Schaffhausen.