The Middle East Smart Lighting & Energy Summit is being termed ‘the leading lighting event’ after hundreds of high caliber delegates and sponsors from over 20 countries convened in Abu Dhabi to see presentations from some of the top names in the lighting world and VIP’s from the Municipality of Abu Dhabi City. In a region looking to drive the evolution of smart lighting and sustainable practices the event provided a platform for key stakeholders in the lighting industry to connect and discuss the upcoming plans and strategies to ensure a superior living environment and protect natural resources.
Delegates and press filled the venue for presentations from His Excellency Eng. Abdullah Saeed Al-Shamsi – Executive Director, Municipal Infrastructure and Assets, Martin Valentine – Lighting Expert for the Municipality and also Mona Rizk – Project Development Consultant at the Parks & Recreational Facilities Division who released the latest information about the upcoming projects and developments planned for the Abu Dhabi region. Attendees hoping to learn of new business opportunities and projects were overwhelmed with information from the Municipality, and lighting industry experts including Paul Brown – Managing Director at Ironbark Sustainability Australia, Holley Chant – Corporate Sustainability Director at KEO International Consultants and Barry Hannaford – Director at DPA Lighting who shared case-studies and research exclusively at the event. Khaled Al Junadi, Environment and Energy-Efficiency Expert for the Municipality of Abu Dhabi City described the organization and activities as “very relevant in enhancing the way forward”.
An ‘Exhibitor Lounge’ provided the ideal situation for CEO’s, GM’s, VP’s and senior executives in attendance to network with leading lighting solution providers including Diamond Sponsor Samsung, and major players GE Lighting, Philips, OWLS AG, Flashnet, Cooper Lighting, RUUD Lighting, OSRAM, iGuzzini and Econyx. Not only were new business contacts made, but many of the exhibitors managed to close deals on the day and secure vital business in the fast growing market. Mohammad Fashafshy – Managing Director of Light & Control summed his experience up by saying “we made some great contacts and closed some good deals; a great success”. Tarek Zakaria, ABB Regional Manager for MEA region also found the networking opportunities invaluable; “It was a very good event from both sides – the first to meet our customers and consultants to increase our product awareness, and secondly we are very satisfied to meet a lot of new consultants to provide the latest technology systems and lighting control solutions”.
The agenda included speeches from a range of local experts, and also specialists who had flown internationally to present at the event. Sustainable lighting design was covered in depth by leading architects and designers which included Christopher Brown – Vice President, Practice Leader Architecture at HOK, George Kenich – Head of Infrastructure & MEP at ALDAR Properties and Wael Al Awar – Principal Architect & Founding Partner at Ibda Design who presented case-studies on some of the worlds most distinguished lighting projects.
Street lighting was the major topic of discussion on day two, with Paul Brown sharing his experiences on street lighting replacement programs in Australia, Zamil Al-Shammari – Lighting Maintenance Manager at Riyadh Municipality speaking on the inteliLIGHT remote management system deployed in Saudi Arabia and a research perspective on LED’s from Dr. Riad Sariji – Associate Professor of Architectural Engineering at the UAE University. “This was an excellent opportunity to meet professionals and leaders in the field of smart lighting and energy and to interact with them, exchanging technical information and experiences”, said Alfred Elghoul – Electrical Department Manager at Arabtec Construction.
The panel discussions sparked debate and intrigue amongst attendees with Matthew Plumbridge – Consultant, Environment and Sustainability Planning at the Department of Municipal Affairs for the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and Paul Bierman-Lytle – Executive Director of Sustainability at iMCC GREEN attending solely to participate on a panel. Delegates had their opportunity to think up strategic solutions to challenges in sustainable lighting during the roundtable discussions. Value-added services and functionalities were brainstormed and solutions were also found for ensuring energy-efficient approaches to lighting design and ways to comply with standardization, certification and regulation of lighting systems. “We are always looking for these kinds of meetings which help us in developing our country”, said Noura Saleh Al Ameri, Principal Engineer for the Municipality of Abu Dhabi City.
Event organizers Expotrade Global are very pleased with the level of interest and participation in sustainable lighting. “Delegates, sponsors and speakers from nations including Middle East, UK, Australia, New Zealand, USA, Germany, Romania have used the event as a platform to network, learn, share ideas and discover new technologies as smart lighting becomes increasingly important to municipalities and organizations looking to reduce their carbon footprint and protect natural resources. The event has been very rewarding and constructive, we look forward to seeing the developments at next years Summit”, says Jo Ann Jain – Director at Expotrade Global. Expotrade Global has delivered some of the largest, most successful B2B industry conferences and events in infrastructure, mining & resources, banking, IT, sustainability, urban development and lighting & energy fields.