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.


Dur Hospitality launches training academy for aspiring hoteliers

The announcement was made during a special event attended by the company’s CEO Sultan Al-Otaibi and a number of its senior officials.
Updated 15 September 2019

Dur Hospitality launches training academy for aspiring hoteliers

Saudi hospitality company Dur Hospitality has launched a training academy specialized in hospitality disciplines. The announcement was made during a special event attended by the company’s CEO Sultan Al-Otaibi and a number of its senior officials, in addition to a group of notable local and international hospitality sector professionals.
Dur’s CEO highlighted the importance of the academy, which he said aims to equip local talents interested in working in this sector with the necessary skills and qualifications. He added that the academy’s goals also include training current Dur employees and equipping them with knowledge and applied skills that they require to succeed. He elaborated that the academy will operate over two phases, with the first seeking to fulfill the company’s requirements and ensuring its staff is qualified to execute its future expansion strategy ongoing till 2020, while the second phase will contribute toward supplying the local hotel service sector with qualified and capable national talents.
Al-Otaibi said the academy’s ultimate objective is to equip trainees with world-class skills and provide them with guidance from local and international sector leaders to help them achieve excellence.
The academy will present a number of training programs that aim to raise the qualification and skill level among trainees, which will eventually reflect positively on the Saudi hospitality sector. These programs will cover three main parts, where the first part will include programs on leadership and supervision and will last for 12 months. It will cater to internal supervision and front desk employees, food and beverage production and service employees, and marketing and sales employees.
The second part will be dedicated to training new recruits and will last between three to six months. Likewise, it will include training front desk employees, internal supervision employees, food and beverage production and service employees, and marketing and sales employees.
The third part of the program will include shorter development courses that last between one and five days. It will cover topics including central management for internal and external operations, hotel management, customer service, and health and safety.
Established in 1976, Dur Hospitality has extensive record in managing, developing and operating a wide portfolio of hotels and residential compounds across the Kingdom.