UAE submits bid for IRENA HQ

UAE affirms commitment to renewable energy with bid to be IRENA home

Masdar CEO Dr Sultan Al Jaber.
Masdar CEO Dr Sultan Al Jaber.

The UAE has officially submitted its bid to host the permanent seat of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) in Abu Dhabi, a move aligned with the UAE’s clear commitment towards the development of renewable energy.

The UAE will compete with three European countries to host the IRENA headquarters, marking the only submission from a developing country.

A UAE delegation to the Republic of Korea led by Masdar CEO Dr Sultan Al Jaber, Ambassador Khalid Al Ghaith, Director of the Department of Economic Affairs and International Cooperation at the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Abdullah Al Ma’ainah, UAE Ambassador to the Republic of Korea, officially delivered the UAE’s bid to host IRENA in Abu Dhabi's Masdar City.

The UAE’s bid document was delivered to the chairman of the IRENA steering committee, Ambassador Hyun Cho, Ambassador for Energy and Resources at the Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

“Based on the firm belief in providing a bridge between north and south, and as part of our commitment to become the central point of south-south cooperation in the field of renewable energy, the UAE strongly supports the mission of IRENA. IRENA will benefit as an agency from the support and commitment of the UAE government and its regional partners if it is hosted in Abu Dhabi,” said Dr Anwar Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs.

“Placing IRENA in the UAE will also send a strong signal to the international community that we are serious about sharing the technology and know-how of renewables with all countries, both developed and developing,” said Dr Gargash.

IRENA was established on January 26, 2009, in Bonn, Germany, and currently has a membership of 78 countries. IRENA members will work together with a mandate of disseminating knowledge, developing regulatory frameworks and actively promoting the wide-scale adoption of renewable energy technologies around the world.

IRENA founding members will meet in Egypt at the end of June to cast their vote for the location of the agency’s headquarters. If the UAE is successful in its bid, this will be the first time a major international agency is located in the developing world.


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