The Middle East Energy Dubai 2022 event is set to host some of Nigeria’s most prominent business and government leaders who will share insights on policies designed to achieve the double goal of clean and accessible energy in Africa. The three-day conference, to be held at the Dubai World Trade Centre from 7-9 March, is expected to attract over 18,000 energy professionals from all over the world.
The event, held under the patronage of HH Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, and hosted by the UAE Ministry of Energy & Infrastructure, is the most reputable and comprehensive energy event in the MENA region. It features five key product sections, namely Smart Solutions, Renewable and Clean Energy, Critical and Backup Power, Transmission and Distribution, and Energy Consumption and Management.
Nigeria is intent on deploying renewables to catalyze energy access for its people, often with off-grid and mini-grid solutions, which broadly reflects the needs of many African and Middle East countries. Two of Nigeria’s heavy hitters on the energy scene, Eng. A. D. Abubakar, Director of Renewables&Rural Access Department, Federal Ministry of Power, and Sowunmi Olabole II, advisor to the Office of the Senate, National Assembly, will participate in the panel ‘Powering the African Continent with Renewable Energy’ at Middle East Energy Dubai.
As a major oil exporter, Nigeria expects fossil fuels to remain dominant in its energy mix, and its abundant natural gas will serve as a key transition fuel. Its energy mix will become more diverse as the country strives to add renewables to reach net zero emissions by 2060. The falling cost of renewables will open opportunities for utility-scale and small-scale development.
Middle East Energy provides an excellent venue for Nigeria’s energy leaders and innovators to showcase how they are transforming their nation’s energy sector. They will also gather useful information from colleagues and technology leaders worldwide on next-generation solutions and best practices.
The Global Energy&Utilities Forum, one of the event’s highlights, will be the focus of discussion on developing a roadmap to decarbonization, an insight into the energy systems of the future, the green hydrogen opportunities in the MENA region, funding of the energy transition, the rise of sustainable finance, powering the African continent with renewable energy, grids of the future, energy efficiency focus, and decarbonizing industries. Attendees will find a wide range of policy and technology solutions – from utility-scale to small scale renewables and distributed energy resources – on display and under discussion.