The Royal Danish Consul General Visits Dubai Silicon Oasis

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Introduced to energy management system, food waste machine, sub-surface irrigation, solar farm, recycling centers, and revers vending machines

Dr. Al Matrooshi: DSOA is committed to support making Dubai a global center of clean energy and green economy

Dubai, UAE: Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority (DSOA), the regulatory body of Dubai Silicon Oasis (DSO), today received His Excellency Jens Martin Alsbirk, Consul General and Head of Mission of Denmark in Dubai and Northern Emirates, accompanied by Majid Naim Fayyad, Senior Commercial Advisor for the Energy and Maritime Sector at the Royal Danish Consulate, and Hussam Mansour, CEO of Waste Hero Denmark.

Dr. Juma Al Matrooshi, Deputy CEO of DSOA, welcomed the delegation headed by His Excellency Jens Alsbirk, then escorted them to some of the key facilities at DSO, including Dtec, the largest entrepreneur hub of its kind in the Middle East and North Africa, housing more than 1,000 startups from 75 countries. 

Following the tour, the Consul General was briefed about DSOA’s waste management, sustainability, and CO2 emission initiatives. He also oversaw DSOA’s efforts and practices in sustainability – the energy management system with more than 120,000 control points throughout the premises, reducing 30 percent of DSO’s overall power consumption; the food waste machine, the sub-surface irrigation system covering a total area of 1.2 million square meters, reducing operational cost by 60 percent; the solar farm on DSOA building roof tops spreading Multiple DSOA projects  and generating 400KW  kilowatts in renewable energy per annum; more than  3000 recycle units positioned across DSO; and the reverse vending machine installed at the cedre shopping centre at DSO. 

 Between 2015 and 2020, DSOA installed more than 300 smart waste bins and 3000 recycling bins , collecting more than 42,530 tons of general waste, and diverting approximately 35 percent of it to be recycled.

His Excellency the Consul General also introduced Hussam Mansour, CEO of Waste Hero Denmark, a technology-driven company which offers smart waste management solutions, to Dr Juma Al Matrooshi to explore possible collaborations with DSOA.

Dr. Juma Al Matrooshi highlighted that from 2015 to 2020, DSOA has implemented numerous initiatives in contribution to the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050..

He said: “At DSOA, we are keen on playing a role in the realization of the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to make Dubai a global center of clean energy and green economy. We are open to expanding the horizons of the technology-driven and artificial intelligence-powered innovative concepts at DSO through knowledge-exchange with like-minded nations across the globe. Denmark had chosen the UAE as its only partner in the Middle East for its Carbon Diplomacy, and DSOA is keen on playing a role in this experience transfer.”

 Carbon Diplomacy

His Excellency Jens Alsbirk lauded DSOA’s advanced technological infrastructure and its conducive environment offered for tech companies and startups, as well as the Authority’s innovative approach to include the community in its environment-friendly and sustainability activities, through initiatives such as the Community Farm, Smart Villas Competition, and Community Garden Competition.

Highlighting DSOA’s efforts to environmental practices, His Excellency said: “We are impressed with DSOA’s recycling and sustainability efforts that are aligned with the UAE’s vision and efforts to ensure a greener and sustainable environment across its emirates. We reiterate our pride in the Denmark’s decision to select the UAE as its only partner in the Middle East for its Carbon Diplomacy, an initiative that Denmark started in 2020 to forge international cooperation and partnerships to achieve its ambitious target of 70 percent reduction in carbon emissions by 2030.

Bilateral trade between the two countries reached US$845 million in 2019. Between 2018 and 2019, the UAE’s total imports into Denmark increased from US$114 million to nearly US$399 million. Meanwhile, total exports from Denmark to the UAE also increased from US$396 million to US$446 million in the same timeframe. With both countries sharing a common vision for a greener future, bilateral ties between the UAE and Denmark are expected to reach new heights. Both nations must leverage and benefit from each other’s knowledge and expertise in the fields of renewable energy and sustainability.