Al Tayer (right) presenting Michigami with a memento during the Dewa-Japan business seminar

Al Tayer (right) presenting Michigami with a memento during the Dewa-Japan business seminar

Japanese firms get Dewa invite for expos

01 July 2016

Japanese firms have been invited to take part in two key shows scheduled to take place in Dubai in October.

The 18th Water, Energy, Technology, and Environment Exhibition (Wetex 2016) and its companion event, the 1st Dubai Solar Show, will be held from October 4 to 6.

Dewa (Dubai Electricity and Water Authority) is staging the events which are expected to generate great interest and involvement from local and international players engaged in the relevant sectors.

The invitation to Japanese firms was extended by Dewa’s managing director and chief executive Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer during the Dewa-Japan Business Seminar and Networking Day that the UAE authority organised in partnership with the Japan External Trade Organisation (Jetro).

More than 50 Japanese firms participated in the seminar, which was held at Dewa’s Sustainable Building in Al Quoz and reflected Dewa’s efforts to enhance networking and strengthening relationships with Japanese companies.

Al Tayer, in his speech, noted that UAE-Japan ties had grown considerably over the years and urged Japanese businesses to explore investment opportunities in Dubai, the UAE, and the region as a whole in energy, renewable energy, water, and the environment.

The UAE is one of Japan’s major trade partners with non-oil trade between the two reaching $15 billion in 2015, said Al Tayer. “Over 300 Japanese companies work in the UAE, 250 of which are in Dubai. In light of growth in Dubai and the UAE in all walks of business, these figures will grow further as Dubai offers promising opportunities to Japanese companies,” he said.

Al Tayer also briefed the Japanese delegates on three Dewa initiatives in support of the Smart Dubai mission, namely Shams Dubai, Smart Applications and the Green Charger.

Shams Dubai encourages building owners to install photovoltaic panels to generate electricity and have it  connected to Dewa’s grid, Smart Applications calls for the use of smart meters and grids and the Green Charger aims at setting up an infrastructure that facilitates the installation of electric-vehicle charging stations across the emirate.

The strategy is to provide 7 per cent of Dubai’s energy from clean sources by 2020, 25 per cent by 2030 and 75 per cent by 2050, said Al Tayer. 

The Japanese were also apprised about the Hassyan clean-coal power plant and the project to build the largest Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) project in the world.

Hisashi Michigami, Japan’s consul general in Dubai, said Japanese companies consider Dubai a major business hub in the Mena region and they could offer much expertise in smart cities and energy, water and environmental technologies.

Also attending the seminar were Masami Ando, managing director of Jetro, other Jetro officials and Dewa’s executive vice presidents.

Wetex has established its position as one of the largest specialist exhibitions in the world, attracting each year a large number of international companies to display green solutions and products.

This year, in conjunction with Wetex, Dewa is organising the first Dubai Solar Show, which promises to be the largest of its kind in the region. Dewa says it will be a key platform for the public and private sectors to make deals, build partnerships, review the latest solar-energy technologies, learn about current and future projects in the region and market requirements, and explore opportunities to take part in solar-energy projects and prgrammes.

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