10th EmiratesGBC Annual Congress in September to explore 15 years of progress from ‘Green Buildings to Sustainable Cities 2030’


Sheikha Shamma to inaugurate the Annual Emirates Green Building Council Congress, held under the patronage of the UAE Ministry of Climate Change and Environment

  • Sheikha Shamma bint Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan will deliver a ‘Welcome Address’
  • Annual event focuses on raising awareness of green building principles and supports the UAE government’s efforts to mitigate climate change
  • Sponsorship opportunities are open for event; registration for attending Congress also open

Dubai, UAE: Sheikha Shamma bint Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, Honorary President of Emirates Green Building Council (EmiratesGBC) and CEO of Alliances for Global Sustainability (AGS),  will inaugurate the Annual EmiratesGBC Congress on September 22, 2021 under the theme ‘15 years of EmiratesGBC: From Green Buildings towards Sustainable Cities 2030.’

The Emirates Green Building Council (EmiratesGBC) Congress will discuss 15 impactful years of the Council’s operations and its contribution to promoting green buildings and current focus on achieving the Sustainable Cities 2030 vision of the nation at its 10th annual edition at Pullman Dubai Creek City Centre.

Held under the patronage of the UAE Ministry of Climate Change & Environment, and with Majid Al Futtaim as the Platinum Partner, the 10th Annual EmiratesGBC Congress will provide a platform for international and regional experts to discuss the latest innovations in driving environmental sustainability, and act as a forum for networking and discussion between members and industry and government stakeholders.

To coincide with the World Green Building Week in September, this year’s Congress takes inspiration from the national theme, ‘Year of the 50th, and will be held under the overarching theme, ‘15 years of EmiratesGBC: From Green Buildings towards Sustainable Cities 2030.’

Sheikha Shamma bint Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, Honorary President, EmiratesGBC, said: “As the world prepares for the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) in November, the UAE continues to make great strides in its efforts to combat climate change. The 10th EmiratesGBC Congress,  which takes places as we celebrate our nations golden jubilee, represents the UAE’s commitment to tackling climate change. It provides stakeholders across the public and private sectors with the opportunity to discuss our way forward over the next 50 years. We are confident that the deliberations of the Congress will further drive the UAE – and the region’s – efforts to decarbonise and build sustainable cities.”

H.E. Ali Al Jassim, Chairperson, EmiratesGBC, said: “As we mark a milestone this year with the 10th edition of the EmiratesGBC Congress, we are inspired by the words of our nation’s founding father, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, who observed: ‘He who does not know his past cannot make best of his present and future, for it is from the past that we learn.’ As the nation strengthens its reserve to combat climate change, cut greenhouse gas emissions by a quarter by 2030, and achieve the goal of net zero carbon emissions by 2050, the Congress will look at our achievements, current field of work and future strategies.”

Among the key topics to be discussed at the Congress include the impact of rapid population and urban growth on building sustainable cities and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the climate change narrative. The discussions will also highlight the innovation and vision needed to achieve the goal of net zero carbon cities. A number of webinars will also be held in the run-up to the Congress, with a focus on different aspects of a sustainable built environment including embodied carbon, healthy cities and building resilience to climate change.

The main Congress will be a celebration of the UAE’s built environment, featuring Green Building case studies and success stories from in the UAE. In subsequent sessions, the Congress will discuss the current trends and drivers influencing the sector as the world continues to recover from COVID-19, before looking ahead to 2030 as we pave the way to achieving net zero targets. Individuals and organisations that have supported EmiratesGBC and made a lasting impact will also be honoured at the event.

Sponsorship opportunities are available for Platinum, Gold, Silver & Session Sponsors, who are assured of a multitude of benefits, especially in demonstrating sustainability leadership, long-term brand exposure and reputation building. Registration to the Congress is also now open with a fee of AED 370 for members and partners of EmiratesGBC as well as the Supporting Associations of the Congress, and AED 525 for non-members and AED 210 for students. Registration fee is inclusive of 5% VAT. For more details, contact events@emiratesgbc.org or call on 04 346 8244.

EmiratesGBC regularly hosts and participates in multinational events, conferences and forums. It has also developed a suite of activities, inclusive of networking events, technical workshops, focus days and facilitated training based around specific issues related to the built-environment that meet the needs of its members, of the UAE community, and the wider Middle East.

About Emirates Green Building Council:

The Emirates Green Building Council (EmiratesGBC) was founded in June 2006, and became the 8th full member of the World Green Building Council in September 2006. EmiratesGBC promotes and educates on green issues in the built environment and is the official body for the UAE endorsed by the World Green Building Council. EmiratesGBC currently has around 170 members in the UAE which represents 1000s of individuals interested and involved in Green Building in the UAE and the region. In addition, EmiratesGBC members receive discounts on a number of programmes such as those related to conferences, seminars, training and green building events.