Smart Cities Official Theme For MEE 2017

Middle East Electricity, one of the worlds leading power exhibitions, has announced its theme for the 2017 edition. Alongside Dubai Municipality and the Environmental Center for Arab Towns, who are Strategic Partners for the event, the organisers will be creating a series of new features, conferences and activations all focusing on the future of Smart Cities, and the innovations which are set to lead the way both locally and internationally in the coming decade.

The inaugural half day ‘Energising the Smart City Conference’ on 15 February will feature sessions on how best to innovate urban energy solutions. Municipal leaders, electricity solution providers, and research communities have all been invited to take part to discuss how best to reach a sustainable energy mix that adequately supports rising energy demands.


The ‘Energising the Smart City Conference’ will explore:


How to better manage the energy cities have

-          Making disparate electricity systems interoperable

-          Installing energy management systems strategically throughout a city

-          Investing in smart meters and grids, and then assuring an operational plan exists


How to improve the energy products cities use

-          Why energy storage is getting so much attention, but little commercial action locally

-          The difference alternative materials and manufacturing processes could make for users

-          What visionary (impractical) projects such as Solar Impulse can teach energy investors


How to make cities 100% renewable

-          Why cities worldwide are defining this goal statement

-          Is regulation the answer, or will market forces provide longer term solutions?

-          After roofs are covered in solar and grids are smart, what next?


“We believe that putting an increased onus on Smart Cities will transcend all our new features and content offerings. As the region’s leading platform for deliberation and growth for the international power community, our goal is to assist the Dubai Municipality in reaching their objectives set by the government on making Dubai a fully integrated ‘Smart City’.” said Anita Mathews, Group Director – Informa Industrial Group.


To further streamline visitor experience, another new feature will be the ‘Smart Cities Zone’. Located in Zabeel hall 3, this dedicated area will feature ‘smart’, innovative products/solutions from leading suppliers that have specific applications in a ‘Smart City’ including automation and energy efficiency.


Also taking place, for the fourth year running, will be the Future Generation Competition. Supported by Masdar Institute, students from Universities across the UAE will be given a platform to showcase their projects/technologies under the theme of ‘Smart Cities’. The shortlisted entries will have the opportunity to present their projects to the public, as well as a panel of judges including an expert from Masdar Institute, with two separate awards up for grabs. The ‘Judges Award’ will be handed out during the official MEE Awards night on day two of the event, and the ‘People’s Choice Award’ will be presented towards the end of day three.  


Middle East Electricity 2017 will be taking place from February 14-16 at the Dubai World Trade Centre.


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