Emirates Green Building Council (EmiratesGBC) is organising its sixth Annual EmiratesGBC Congress in Dubai on 17 and 18 October, 2017, to discuss strategies for promoting sustainable built environments.

The annual Congress will be held at the Pullman Dubai Creek City Centre hotel, under the theme ‘Urban Energy: Powering Smart, Happy & Efficient Cities.’

The Congress will commence with welcome addresses by the moderator Holley Chant, who is the executive director of corporate sustainability at KEO International Consultants.

This will be followed with presentations by Saeed Al Abbar, chairman of EmiratesGBC, Eng. Aisha Al Abdooli, director of green development, Ministry of Climate Change & Environment, and Rajiv Rajgopal, regional director, AkzoNobel Middle East & Africa.

Commenting on the event, Saeed Al Abbar said: “With an increasing focus on diversifying urban energy sources and demand side management in the region, the Annual EmiratesGBC Congress is discussing a highly topical issue that has great importance and relevance to the public and private sector, and for the community at large."

He added: "By addressing the three key pillars of a modern city – efficiency, smartness and happiness – the Congress will present not only path-breaking achievements in urban energy management but also discuss strategies to address future challenges.

"We have a line-up of experts at the event who will present compelling insights on sustainable built environments. We thank the support of all our partners in organising this Congress and look forward to strong partnerships that will offer significant value for all stakeholders.”

The discussions will focus on three sub-themes: powering efficient cities, powering smart cities and powering happy cities.