UAE Green Festival: A milestone on the way to sustainability

UAE Green Festival Team
Website: www. uae green festival.com
Email: kevork@uaegreenfestival.ae

UAE Green Festival is the first environmental festival of its kind in the UAE and the region to celebrate sustainability all over the seven emirates. On March 16th 2014, planting trees marked the inception of UAE Green Festival 2014. In collaboration with the Municipality of Abu Dhabi City, UAE Green Festival 2014 was officially launched at Al Khalidiya Park in Abu Dhabi. Prominent Officials from Government Bodies and Sustainable Partners gathered from all over the UAE to attend the inauguration of the Premier Environmental Festival in the country and the region; UAE Green Festival.

The opening activity was a thorough interpretation of the Festival’s message: “Live, learn and have fun in a low carbon world!” It has been tailored to reinforce the importance of planting trees for a sustainable future. It paved the way to a one month celebration of sustainability in the seven emirates, as all sustainable members including eminent malls, schools, art galleries, hotels and restaurants launched numerous activities during the festival relating to different aspects of the green life in an attempt to promote sustainable practices and solutions in the UAE. UAE Green Festival 2014 comprised numerous conferences pertaining different aspects of sustainability. One of the essential conferences on the agenda of UAE Green festival was the International Sustainable Transportation Conference.

The ISTC, held in Emirates Palace-Abu Dhabi, reviewed the current environmental situation and the impact of the existing means of transportation on the different ecological components. The importance of this conference stems from the fact that it is a conference fully dedicated to sustainable transport, which is considered a crucial part of the solution to the global economic, energy, and environmental challenges, helping to reflect a better quality of life. Emirates Transport; the Official Carrier of UAE Green Festival, Road and Transport Authority and other Members of the Festival’s Official Committee attended the conference, along with the Festival’s Partners such as Lexus, GGICO, Masdar, Diamond Developers, Shurooq. The conference hosted a group of locally and internationally renowned speakers like Google, Etihad Rail, Emirates Airlines and many more.

Furthermore, UAE Green Festival 2014 offered a range of special events such as The International Green Market in Al Qasba Sharjah. The Market showcased a variety of organic goods and ecofriendly products. Local and international suppliers offered a unique shopping experience via presenting their ecofriendly products including fresh vegetables, handicrafts and other environmentally conscious items.

Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard, on the other hand, hosted the premier motoring event in the region: Dubai Green Auto Show. The Auto Show was the first of its kind in the UAE and the region, showcasing the latest ecofriendly automotive innovations. Dubai Green Auto Show embraced a range of Ecofriendly means of transportation presented by different Government entities such as Road and Transport Authority, Emirates Transport, Dubai Police, and Private Organizations such as Masdar, Al Futtaim Group, AGMC, Gargash Enterprise and Al Yousuf Green Tech. The Auto Show was tailored to meet the passion of the auto lovers from all over the UAE, and at the same time spread awareness about the importance of adopting sustainable transportation and its role to preserve the environment.

UAE Green Festival 2014 also launched unprecedentedly Eco Fashion Shows in Abu Dhabi Mall, where numerous renowned designers showcased their latest ecofriendly designs, which have been produced according to sustainable standards using recyclable materials.

The Green Carpet closing ceremony marked the end of UAE Green Festival at Millennium Plaza Hotel, Dubai. The event hosted Government Authorities, Partners, Sponsors, Media Platforms, Members including Schools, Hotels, Restaurants, Galleries, Malls and Tour Operators, which have been honored for their expansive support and outstanding performance in UAE Green Festival 2014. Thousands of members participated in UAE Green Festival 2014 from schools and universities to hotels, restaurants, tour operators, malls and art galleries. All members launched special sustainable activities and green packages in attempt to raise awareness about the importance of preserving natural resources, which made UAE Green Festival a signature sustainable celebration countrywide.

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