ACWA Power highlights role in sustainable development

Saudi Energy Minister Prince Abdul Aziz bin Salman toured the Saudi pavilion at the 24th edition of the World Energy Congress in Abu Dhabi. (Photo/Supplied)
Updated 12 September 2019

ACWA Power highlights role in sustainable development

Saudi Energy Minister Prince Abdul Aziz bin Salman toured the Saudi pavilion at the 24th edition of the World Energy Congress (WEC). The flagship event is being held in Abu Dhabi for the first time in the Middle East, Sept. 9 to 12th at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center.
ACWA Power, a leader in water desalination and power generation, joined over 15,000 attendees and 66 ministers at this year’s World Energy Congress (WEC) to highlight ACWA Power’s position as a global total solution provider across the power and water sectors.
On the sidelines of the Congress, ACWA Power signed a memorandum of understanding with King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), inaugurating the KAUST-ACWA Power Center of Excellence for Desalination and Solar Power. The center will prioritize research in water quality monitoring and system performance modeling using several KAUST research centers.
The collaboration between ACWA Power and KAUST marks the beginning of a long-term research and innovation alliance between the two organizations that will place the Kingdom at the forefront of international scientific advancements in water desalination and solar power technology.
Mohammed Abunayyan, chairman of ACWA Power, said: “We are honored to be part of the Saudi energy platform within the Kingdom’s pavilion as a proud Saudi company that is very much at the forefront of the energy transition globally.  We are happy to share our experiences with global leaders and exchange ideas in pursuit of sustainable energy for the development of people, communities and nations.  This is very much the model we follow at ACWA Power as we partner with communities with our long-term thinking and value proposition based on excelling at every aspect of the value chain. Our focus is situated toward the crucial themes of the congress, including energy security, promoting environmental sustainability, and the deployment of innovative technologies that elevate efficiencies of energy systems — themes that ACWA Power has pioneered through its effective models and experiences in projects and businesses across three continents. We are looking forward to sharing our leading models with the global energy industry as a proof of the capabilities and role of the Saudi economy in powering and achieving the theme of the Congress, “Energy for Prosperity.”
Abunayyan took part in a panel session titled “Financing Energy: Closing the Clean Energy Investment Gap.” Paddy Padmanathan, president and CEO of ACWA Power, participated in a panel discussion on “Scaling New Heights: Global Renewables Outlook,” which addressed the opportunities, challenges, and solutions to the most pressing energy issues the world faces today.
The company also highlighted its work in the sustainable development of countries around the world and its program to invest in enhancing the local employment and talents in the communities it operates in.


Line-up for FIKR17 conference in Saudi Arabia announced

Updated 13 November 2019

Line-up for FIKR17 conference in Saudi Arabia announced

The Arab Thought Foundation has announced the agenda of this year’s annual conference, FIKR17, in partnership with King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture “Ithra”, held under the theme “Towards a New Arab Thinking.”
The conference will be held in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia between 2-5 December 2019.
FIKR17 will bring together high-level officials, politicians, intellectuals, and media personalities led by Prince Khalid Al-Faisal, President of the Arab Thought Foundation, and Arab League Secretary General Mr. Ahmed Aboul Gheit. Over the course of FIKR17, these thought leaders will provide deep understanding and paths to solutions for key questions facing the Arab World and its future, including:

  • What are the challenges of technology, science and modern approaches to knowledge?
  • Where are we currently from renewing our societies and social concepts?
  • Where does the Arab individual stand within the international system, and how does he tackle the subject of globalization while defending an interactive identity that is open to the world?
  • Where are Arab intellectuals in their attempts to renew the Arab thought, and in building a renewed philosophy capable of making contributions to the global effort of contemporary thought?

Conference Program Details
Monday, December 2: FIKR17 will open with a formal ceremony at 7:00 pm, including a speech by Professor Dr. Henry Awit, Director General of the Arab Thought Foundation, followed by a speech from the representative of “Ithra”, the Lead Partner of the conference. It will also include speeches by Arab League Secretary General Mr. Ahmed Aboul Gheit and HRH Prince Khalid Al-Faisal, President of the Arab Thought Foundation.
Tuesday, December 3: FIKR17 will start with an opening session titled “Arab Thought and Innovation Prospects,” followed by the first general session entitled “Today’s world…tomorrow’s world: transformations, challenges, and visions”.
In addition, four specialized sessions will be held under the following headlines:. Delivering new educational policies to help build a new Arab Thought, The role of social and human sciences in renewing Arab Thought, New perspectives on the concepts of state, citizenship and participation, Pluralism and the culture of tolerance and social peace.
Wednesday, December 4: The conference will continue with four specialized morning sessions covering the topics of ” Towards a new understanding of growth, Industry and manufacturing:analysis of pillars for development, Digital Economy, The role of civic society in renewing Arab Thought.
In the afternoon, the second general session will be held on the “4th Industrial Revolution” followed by reports on youth discussion groups.
Thursday, December 5: The conference will conclude with detailed reports on the specialized sessions. At 12:00 pm, the third general session titled “Arab Intellectuals and Their Role in Arab Thought Renewal” will be held, followed by the closing remarks.