Under the Patronage of the Ministry of Energy & Industry, United Arab Emirates, the 4th edition of Global Solar Leaders’ Summit (GSLS) will return to Dubai World Trade Centre as part of The Big 5 Solar on 27 November 2018.

Under the topical theme ‘Solar Solutions for Construction’, the 2018 summit will bring together government delegates, industry decision makers and thought leaders to discuss the latest industry developments and debate the future of solar in the region. Belén Gallego, CEO & Co-Founder at ATA Insights (Spain) reflects on the new theme:

“It has never been more important for the solar and construction industries to come together, as distributed solar markets are raising through the ranks to be an important part of the climate change solution. This event is a great opportunity for these two industries to meet, discuss and do business.”

Belén Gallego, CEO & Co-Founder at ATA Insights (Spain)
Belén Gallego, CEO & Co-Founder at ATA Insights (Spain)

Belén Gallego will join over 25 high-profile regional and international speakers at the summit, including H.E. Dr. Matar Al Neyadi, Undersecretary at Ministry of Energy (UAE), H.E. Dr. Nasser Saidi, Chairman for Clean Energy Business Council (MENA), Turki Al Shehri, Head of Renewable Energy Project Development Office at Ministry Of Energy, Industry & Mineral Resources, (Saudi Arabia), and Rabia Ferroukhi, Head of Policy Unit And Deputy Director of Knowledge, Policy And Finance at International Renewable Energy Agency, Paddy Padmanathan, CEO for Acwa Power (Saudi Arabia), and more.

The Global Solar Leaders' Summit 2017
The Global Solar Leaders' Summit 2017

Paddy Padmanathan, CEO at ACWA POWER (UAE) comments:

“As the UAE and the wider region intensify efforts to diversify their energy mix through resources such as solar, platforms where knowledge and expertise can be shared play a key role in overcoming the existing challenges.”

He concludes: “We look forward to being part of this initiative and interacting with peers and industry thought-leaders to exchange insights into where the market is going and how we can support it.”

Paddy Padmanathan, CEO at ACWA POWER
Paddy Padmanathan, CEO at ACWA POWER

With over 100 delegates expected to attend – from Government Officials and Ambassadors, to Architects and Project Managers – the event will guarantee exclusive networking opportunities to meet and greet with solar industry leaders on the sidelines of the summit.

In 2017 the Global Solar Leaders’ Summit was opened by His Excellency Dr. Matar Al Neyadi, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Energy (United Arab Emirates). With a focus on Solar Regulation and Policy in the GCC, it welcomed delegates from over 60 countries and featured the Renewable Energy Ambassador Award.

GSLS will run alongside The Big 5 Solar (26-29 November 2018), where attendees can discover and source the latest solar solutions for construction showcased across dedicated product sectors: Photovoltaics (PV), Solar Thermal Technologies, Energy Storage, Solar Technology and Related Services. 

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About The Big 5

The Big 5 is the construction event providing leading-edge innovation, knowledge, and business opportunities for industry players around the world to connect, grow, and succeed.

Taking place annually in Dubai since 1979, the event has launched hundreds of thousands of products boosting the expansion of emerging markets. It has facilitated partnerships, advanced knowledge and industry best practices, while serving as the gateway for international companies to access the Middle East, Africa and South Asia regions.

The Big 5 covers the full construction cycle; not only does it showcase products across dedicated sectors, it also runs alongside nine specialised events enabling industry professionals to source building solutions from around the globe for every stage of the construction projects: The Big 5 Heavy, Middle East Concrete, Windows, Doors & Facades Event, Gulf Glass, HVAC R Expo, The Big 5 Solar, Middle East Stone, the Urban Design & Landscape Expo, and FM Expo.

The event includes high-level summits, practical seminars, CPD-certified workshops, and The Big 5 Impact Awards to foster collaboration, support best practices, and provide effective solutions to today’s industry challenges.

The Big 5 is organised by dmg events and is free to attend for all pre-registered visitors. 


To know more, visit www.thebig5.ae

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