Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) is bringing the 5th Annual Solar Show Seminar Week 2020, the region's largest renewable and sustainable technology event virtually from 26-28 October 2020. The show will be held in conjunction with the 22nd Water, Energy, Technology and Environment Exhibition (Virtual WETEX 2020).

Dubai Solar Show is dedicated to bringing the latest innovations in solar and sustainable energy, highlighting the largest solar projects in region, and providing a unique platform to forge partnerships between public and private sectors to develop innovative solutions.

The virtual Dubai Solar Show 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 needs, and explore opportunities to take part in solar-energy projects and programmes.

The Dubai Solar Show will bring you the latest solar innovations to the region and provide a unique platform for knowledge-sharing and building partnerships, with all government and private sectors, in pursuing innovative solutions. This online event will serve as a gateway of solar business in the region and an annual international event attended by solar energy professionals, international exhibitors, buyers and relevant organisations from around the world.

The Dubai Solar Show's objective is to provide a platform to support solar projects in the region, through benchmarking and launching new projects or programmes, and to assist in the development or implementation of strategies related to solar sector. This way the Dubai Solar Show and DEWA promote sustainability as the main theme of WETEX, and highlight the importance of solar power as being the future of energy sector.

This event will provide the opportunity to:
  • Strategically position your brand as a key player in the fast-developing solar energy industry, expose your brand to a highly targeted audience, and meet decision makers.
  • Engage and network with government senior officials, business leaders, investors, project owners and buyers, primarily DEWA, the organiser of the Dubai Solar Show and the leading force of solar energy in Dubai.
  • Explore current and future solar projects in the region and the latest market trends, policies and regulations set out by government authorities, to become part of Dubai’s future solar projects and programmes.
  • Get exclusive benefits when participating as sponsors or exhibitors. These include free company and product registration with DEWA, receiving letters of recommendation for exhibit products, product demonstrations and speaking opportunities in conferences and seminars.
  • Widen your business opportunities in other Renewable Energy, Power Generation, Oil and Gas, Water and Environment industry sectors.



  • 10:45 - 11:45

    Breaking post-covid inertia – How to accelerate solar deployment across the MENA Region

    Several countries in the MENA region have put in place ambitious targets to become carbon-neutral and move towards renewable energy and green fuels. This session will look at the impact that covid-19 has had on these plans and renewables at large in the region. Panellists will discuss how policymakers in the energy space in the region can stimulate climate-smart economic growth and how to best do this to lead the climate-smart recovery.

    Speakers: Rani Al Achkar, Director – Engineering and Planning, Lebanese Centre for Energy Conservation; Eng. Ahmad M. Alazemi, Private Sector Projects, Ministry of Electricity and Water, Kuwait.

    Moderator: Dr Mustapha Taoumi, Key Expert, EU GCC Clean Energy Technology Network

  • 11:55 - 12:05

    Opening Ceremony

  • 12:15 - 13:15

    The Role of Youth and Women in the Sector of Utilities in UAE, towards achieving Sustainability
    In Arabic

    The session will shed the light on the main achievements of the Women and Youth Sector at DEWA, specifically. It will focus on the best practices performed by both, DEWA Women Committee and DEWA Youth Councils. In the same context, it will cover the role of the women and youth in general, in facilitating the area of utilities at UAE, towards reaching sustainable development, Dubai Plan 2021, and UAE Vision 2021.

    Speakers: Fatima Aljokar, Legal Advisor - Head of Women Committee, DEWA; Ms. Aysha Alremaithi, Senior Engineer / Head of Youth Council, DEWA

    Moderator: Ms. Zainab AlAjmi, TV Reporter, Dubai Media Incorporated

  • 13:30 - 14:30

    Contracting, changing legal landscape and dealing with health risks – the legal perspective to covid response for the renewable industry

    In a short period of time, the covid-19 pandemic has majorly influenced the construction and operation of renewable energy projects. The new landscape created by health risks and the government responses to the global pandemic have impacted the operational procedures and the shift in demand has raised some contractual issues, for example in the case of PPA’s. In this session, speakers will consider the new legal landscape, and what the new normality means for the contractual and operational aspects of the renewables industry.

    Speakers: Mhairi Main Garcia Partner, Dentons; Iwan Walters, Partner, Eversheds Sutherland; Ahmed Meziou, Partner, Meziou & Elleuch Law Firm

    Moderator: Belén Gallego, Founder & CEO, ATA Insights

  • 14:45 - 16:00

    The utilities of the future – innovation, customer-centrism and data

    As the share of Variable Renewable Energy (VRE) increases in the energy mix, so does the necessity to include flexibility into the power system. Thanks to the increase of renewable energy production coupled with digitalization and new technologies, utilities can increase dispatchability, move towards flexible grids, ensure stable energy transmission and distribution, reduce their carbon emissions and increase the efficiency of their services. In this session speakers from different utilities around the world will talk about the steps they are taking to create flexible power solutions that can accommodate VRE into their energy mix.

    Speakers: Karl Brownson, Operations Advisor, Department of Energy; Paul Van Son, President & CEO, Dii Desert Energy; Stephan Gobert, Head of Strategy, Engie; Bernard Dagher, Executive Sales Director, GE Grid Solutions MENAT; Rizwan Razaq, MEA CTO, Huawei

    Moderator: Nick Carter, Senior Advisor PwC Middle East, EU GCC Clean Energy Technology Network Convener “Electricity Interconnections and Market Integration”

  • 16:00 - 17:00

    Financing renewable energy to combat climate change globally

    The climate crisis may not seem like a top priority now that covid-19 has thrown the world into disarray, but climate change may be even more destructive. Channelling funds to deploy clean alternative to the polluting fuels we now use for power generation, industrial process heat and transportation is still extremely important to avoid the worst effects of climate change. In this session, international financial institutions and banks will talk about their strategies and objectives when financing clean fuels and renewable energy projects.

    Speakers: Sohail Hasnie, Principal Energy Specialist, Central and West Asia Department, Asian Development Bank; H.E. Dr Nasser Saidi, Chairman, Clean Energy Business Council; Daniel Morris, Energy Programs Coordinator, Climate Investment Funds; Nadia Taobane, Senior Energy Specialist, World Bank

    Moderator: Jonathan Walters, Senior Visiting Research Fellow, Oxford Institute for Energy Studies


  • 11:00 - 11:40

    CEO Roundtable

    In this session the CEOs and Regional managers of some of the top developers in the world will gather in this roundtable to discuss the challenges posed by the pandemic and how they are preparing for the post-covid19 world.

    Speakers: Paddy Padmanathan, CEO, ACWA Power; Turki Alshehri, CEO, ENGIE KSA; Bikesh Ogra, Director & Global CEO, Sterling & Wilson Solar

    Moderator: Belén Gallego, Founder & CEO, ATA Insights

  • 12:00 - 12:50

    How to design and build increasingly competitive solar projects

    With the solar market becoming more and more competitive and tenders reaching record-low prices, developers and EPCs need to continue developing innovative ways to design, finance, contract, construct, operate and maintain plants to reduce their LCOE. In this session, you can expect to hear about the steps taken by leading companies in the industry are increasing their efficiency and reducing their CAPEX and OPEX to remain competitive.

    Speakers: Andrea Lovato, Vice President & Head of Renewable Development & Green Hydrogen, ACWA Power; Javier de la Cruz Aguillo, Middle East Managing Director, Gransolar; Antonio Cuccarese, Head of Renewable Energy Department, Metito; Vikas Bansal, Head - International Business Development and Country Head - Europe, Sterling & Wilson Solar

    Moderator: Belén Gallego, Founder & CEO, ATA Insights

  • 13:15 - 13:45

    Data-led Operations & Maintenance (O&M) for renewable assets

    As the price of electricity goes down, developers look for measures to reduce their OPEX. One of the most effective ways is to improve their O&M systems. These presentations will analyse how digitalization helps companies identify problems early on to be able to react accordingly, and how automatization has become an asset during the pandemic to reduce health risks.

    Speakers: Daniel Ramirez Watson Bussiness Development, Isotrol; Rahul Sankhe, Co-founder & President, SenseHawk

    Moderator: Carlos Marquez, Director of Markets Intelligence, ATA Insights

  • 14:00 - 14:30

    Sustainability as the New Normal – Green Hospitality in the UAE

    A session exploring solutions and approaches to develop a green and sustainable built environment. This presentation will outline the key aspects for reducing the carbon footprint of the tourism sector in the built environment. It will analyse how hotels and the industry can become greener in the UAE during the COVID19 pandemic.

    Speaker: Jason John, Technical Engineer, EmiratesGBC

    Moderator: Carlos Marquez, Director of Markets Intelligence, ATA Insights

  • 14:45 - 16:00

    Hybridization promoting grid resilience and reliable generation

    In this session speakers will explain how plants that combine different technologies to increase dispatchability are designed and built. Discover the latest innovation in storage and how these can be combined with hybrid systems to provide dispatchability of solar power during the night. Join the session to understand the role of flexibility in high-renewable power systems and consider the potential opportunities of energy storage through the different segments of generation, transmission & distribution.

    Speakers: Madina Mukhanova, Market Manager, Fluence; Alexander Silin, Sales Director for Eastern Europe and Middle East, Highview Power; Luke Witmer, General Manager - Data Science, Wärtsila; Chandrasekar Govindarajalu, Global Battery Storage Program Lead, World Bank

    Moderator: Nick Carter, Senior Advisor PwC Middle East, EU GCC Clean Energy Technology Network Convener “Electricity Interconnections and Market Integration”


  • 10:00 - 11:00

    Innovation in the field of Rain Enhancement

    Freshwater is the most important resource for mankind’s social, environmental and economic activities. As such, effective management of water resources is paramount to achieving the goal of water security. This is especially important for arid regions, which suffer the most in attaining this security. Innovative solutions are necessary to overcome this challenge, with the UAE leading the way particularly with one important method: rain enhancement.

    Speakers: Omar Al Yazeedi, Director of Research, Development & Training, NCM; Alya Al Mazroui, Director of UAE Research Program for Rain Enhancement Science, UAEREP; Dr. Deon Terblanche, Expert Consultant on Weather and Climate & Former Director of Research, World Bank & WMO; Dr. Roelof Bruintjes, Co-Pi of UAEREP’s 2nd Cycle Awardee, Dr Paul Lawson, SPEC Incorporated, USA

    Moderator: Dr. Latifa A. Yousef, Program Officer, UAEREP

  • 11:15 - 12:30

    Latest updates on Electric Vehicles Infrastructure and market development

    During this panel discussion, speakers will discuss the future of mobility with focus on the deployment of electric vehicles and infrastructures they require. Panellists will discuss the market development during the pandemic and the projections for the future of the industry and the necessity to couple them with renewable generation to reduce carbon-emissions.

    Speakers: Karim El-Jisr, Chief Sustainability Officer, Diamond Developers; Sam Alawiye, CEO, GreenParking; Stephen Severance, Head Program Management and Marketing, Masdar; Fares Al Mazrooei, Founder and CEO,

    Moderator: Alan O’Mahony, International Market Adviser – Transport and Industrial, Enterprise Ireland

  • 12:45 - 13:30

    PV Technologies Evolution, Challenges and DEWA's Strategic Initiatives in Dubai

    This session will feature 3 speakers from DEWA’s Innovation Center who will cover the evolution of PV technologies, the challenges faced by PV systems under desert conditions, and DEWA's efforts in accelerating the adoption of PV systems in Dubai.

    Speakers: Dr. Aaesha Abdulla AlNuaimi, Director, Solar Innovation Center; Aysha Mohammad AlRemeithi, Sr. Engineer, Innovation Ecosystem, Solar Innovation Center; Habbie Alex Roy, Asst Engineer - Projects, Solar Innovation Center

    Moderator: Carlos Marquez, Director of Markets Intelligence, ATA Insights

  • 13:45 - 14:45

    Technical and project update of decentralized solar electricity and heat for Commercial & Industrial applications

    Commercial & Industrial processes are responsible for the largest amounts of GHG emissions which are coupled with large spending in their energy bills. In this session speakers will discuss the importance of energy efficiency and the tools that businesses can use to monitor their energy usage as well as innovative solar power and heat projects being deployed for commercial and industrial applications to reduce their fossil-fuel use.

    Speakers: Daniel Zywietz, Founder & CEO, Enerwhere; Deepthy K B, Regional Director - Market Development, GBCI Middle East; Irapua Ribeiro, Business Development, Industrial Solar; Rory McCarthy, Chief Commercial Officer, Yellow Door Energy

    Moderator: Dr Raed Bkayrat, Senior Energy Adviser, Clean Energy Business Council

  • 15:00 - 16:00

    Decarbonizing industry and transport with green gases including hydrogen

    Countries in the MENA region, and specially the GGC, are looking to diversify their fuel production to become more clean, stable and secure. As green hydrogen gains traction and visibility, countries across the region are taking substantial steps to create the infrastructure necessary for its development. In this session, speakers will discuss the developments in green gasses with a focus on the potential and current state of green hydrogen.

    Speakers: Sergio López Perez, Energy Policy Advisor, Department of Energy; Christophe Comte, Unlocking Green Hydrogen solutions in Middle East, Engie; Roland Hequet, President H2, John Cockerill; Roland Kaeppner, Executive Director, Hydrogen, Neom

    Moderator: Frank Wouters, Director, EUGCC Clean Energy Network

  • 16:15 - 17:00

    End-of-life cycle management: Recycling PV panels

    The much-needed deployment of solar energy brings with it the need to consider end-of-life-cycle management of solar panels to ensure that PV and CSP remain sustainable at the end of their useful cycle. In this session panellists working in the recycling industry will provide updates on the latest developments, current policies and discuss the opportunities and challenges ahead.

    Speakers: Stephanie Weckend, Programme Officer, Knowledge, KPFC, IRENA; Bertrand Lempkowicz, Communication, Marketing & PR Manager, PV Cycle; Aasif Samadh, Technical Manager ME & A, Trina Solar

    Moderator: Carlos Marquez, Director of Markets Intelligence, ATA Insights

  • Register
  • 26 - 28 October 2020
  • Online



WETEX Virtual Platform

Adapting to the challenges posed by COVID-19, DEWA is hosting this year’s Dubai Solar Show on a virtual 3D platform, using the latest technologies. This innovative carbon-neutral exhibition is the first of its kind in the Middle East and North Africa. Visitors will be able to navigate this virtual venue, talk to exhibitors and attend seminars for free by registering for the event and downloading the app.

Find out more, here.

  • Register
  • 26 - 28 October 2020
  • Online