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Opening Ceremony - Monday 16th January 2017

Every year, the world-class Opening Ceremony at the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week is the launch point for four days of debate, discussion and cooperation focused around the future of alternative energy. Attended by over 3,400 delegates – from world leaders and policymakers to business leaders, scientists and academics – it brings the world’s sustainability community together.

Abu Dhabi Global Action Day at Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week is a high-level event aimed at turning the ambitious goals of COP 21, the Paris Climate Agreement and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development into practical and innovative policy, investment, technology and partnership solutions.

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ICC Hall, Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre – view location here


08:30 Guest seating starts in ICC hall, ADNEC
09:30 ICC doors close ; Presentation of the Zayed Future Energy Prize Finalists starts

Opening Ceremony starts followed by the Zayed Future Energy Prize Awards

12:00 End of Ceremony

Note: Timings are subject to change/modifications – please visit the site regularly for any update.


We recommend car-pooling or taxi drop off in view of the high traffic expected around the venue. Otherwise, please use car park A or B of ADNEC - view location here


To avoid any delay, please reach the ICC hall - ADNEC at 8.30 am as no admittance to the opening ceremony will be guaranteed after 9:30 am.


Please note your pass must be worn and clearly displayed at all times. Your pass is strictly non-transferable and any usage of the badge by an unauthorized person may result in the badge holder facing legal repercussions. Please keep a valid identity card with you to collect your badge or for registration


  • There has never been a greater opportunity to make real progress towards sustainable development and to create an economic potential that could drive sustained growth for future generations. Let us start here at ADSW to build bridges between governments and business and create durable partnerships. Let us be brave, bold and ambitious and use this week to maintain the momentum and capitalise on this historic opportunity to lift the global economy and shape a practical pathway towards a sustainable future.
    Dr Sultan Al Jaber, Minister of State UAE, and Chairman of Masdar
  • Now is the time for action. Governments, the private sector, regional and international organisations must start working to implement the 17 ambitious global goals. We need to urgently scale up clean sustainable energy.
    H.E. Ban Ki-moon, the United Nations’ Secretary-General
  • WFES is a great place to catch up with the local power companies, with the local and regional utilities, but also with international companies who come here to see what’s happening in Abu Dhabi.
    Thristian Thiel, CEO Energy Nest
  • Renewable energy accounted for almost half of all new power plants in 2014, representing a “clear sign that an energy transition is underway”.
    International Energy Agency (IEA)
  • Countries in MENA are investing heavily in transportation and logistics infrastructure. The region is expected to outlay $4.3 trillion in infrastructure spending by 2020.
    - Al Masah Capital Limited






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