Abu Dhabi to host World Ocean Summit in March

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Abu Dhabi will host the sixth edition of the World Ocean Summit next month, marking the very first time the international conference comes to the Middle East.

Held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, the Summit will provide a forum for a global gathering of over 500 delegates, including heads of state, political leaders, policymakers, corporate heads and academics from more than 26 countries, to share dialogue on how best to innovate, govern and promote a sustainable blue economy, and explore new ways to mitigate the adverse impacts of human pressures on ocean health.

Hosted by the Abu Dhabi Government and supported by the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi, EAD, and the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development, DED, the World Ocean Summit will be held at the St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort from 5th-7th March 2019.

The Summit will also be part of a series of activities celebrating the UAE’s rich seafaring traditions during the inaugural Abu Dhabi Blue Week running from 3rd-7th March 2019, which is set to feature a Heritage Village, a Dhow Show, a Beach Marathon, a Youth Circle discussion focusing on the importance of eco-tourism and a Blue Technology Exhibition by participating government entities, along Saadiyat Beach.

The World Ocean Summit is the centrepiece of The Economist Group’s World Ocean Initiative, which will host its largest number of attendees to date in Abu Dhabi this year. Themed ‘Building Bridges’, the summit aims to foster further collaboration between the public and private sectors to find solutions and catalyze meaningful progress towards a sustainable blue economy. The three-day event will explore the role of Finance, Technology and Innovation, and Governance in the future of the ocean as its key themes.

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