SDME Promotes Ideas to Develop Sustainable Centers in UAE

SDME Promotes Ideas to Develop Sustainable Centers in UAE

The Solar Decathlon Middle East was held for the first time at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park

Some of the teams that participated in the first and second Solar Decathlon Middle East (SDME) are implementing their designs to construct sustainable research centres across the UAE.

The SDME was the largest and most competitive and challenging competition among international universities, with total prizes exceeding $5million.

The SDME embraces the goal of developing and promoting ideas, capacities and technologies that can be implemented for the benefit of the inhabitants of the Middle East region.

All proposals should be focused on addressing issues of sustainable living in this region, where high temperatures, high humidity and dust conditions prevail through most of the year.

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The SDME was held under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Executive Council, and organised by DEWA and the US Department of Energy.

The first (2018) and second (2021) SDMEs were held in the Middle East and Africa at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, the largest single-site solar park in the world.

Vice Chairman of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy and MD & CEO of DEWA, Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, said: "We are pleased to see the positive impact of the competition in Dubai and its support for the Dubai 2040 Urban Masterplan.

"At DEWA, we are working on launching initiatives, programmes and competitions that consolidate the UAE and Dubai’s position as a hub for creativity and innovation to develop innovative solutions that fight climate change and engage youth in sustainable development."

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