The Middle East Waste Summit

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The opportunity to share strategies and deliver waste management solutions to the region.

The Middle East Waste Summit has been developed by the Dubai Municipality as an active response to the waste management challenges facing cities in the GCC.

The Opportunity

GCC countries produce a burdensome 120 million tonnes of waste every year, largely due to the rapid urbanisation, high population growth rates, diversified cultures, floating populations and high consumption practices of many cities in the region. While the United Arab Emirates is among the biggest regional waste producers, recent years have been witness to the country’s proactive response to its responsibilities, particularly through strategic partnerships with its private sector. In 2009 alone, the region’s largest medical waste treatment plant opened in Dubai, a US$300 million contract was awarded for the operation of a demolition waste facility in Abu Dhabi and another to rebuild and operate a tyre recycling plant in Al Ain.

2009 also saw the inaugural Middle East Waste Summit, developed by the Dubai Municipality, in an effort to share strategies, explore global best practice and find companies who can deliver innovative waste management solutions to the region. From Government representatives needing to address future policy to Office Managers wanting to start a recycling campaign, the 2009 Summit attracted 2,691 industry professionals from 53 countries.

The success of the 2009 event paved the way for Dubai Municipality to once again present the Middle East Waste Summit in Dubai between 18-20 May 2010, under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashed Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, Minister of Finance & Industry and Chairman of Dubai Municipality.

Format of the Summit

The 2010 Summit will include conference sessions and a series of round table debates. The comprehensive conference programme will include international and regional keynotes, expert panel discussions, presentations and case-studies as well as in-depth and interactive roundtable discussions. The round table debates will give attendees the chance to tackle topics in depth and ask questions in small groups.

The plenary and roundtable sessions will address key issues and case studies including:

· National and regional regulatory environments

· Decommissioning of old landfills: trends and solutions

· Strategies for sustainable construction

· Designing out waste: waste minimisation techniques

· Sustainable consumption, production and resource efficiency

· Role of Life Cycle Assessments

· Domestic waste control

· Medical waste

· Industrial and hazardous waste

· E-waste

· Education and responsibility

· Collection and transport

· Biological treatment

· Resource recovery

· Zero waste

Confirmed speakers for the 2010 conference include:

· Dr Neil Kirkpatrick, Head of Environment and Sustainability, Royal Group (UAE)

· Keith Newman, Technical Director, Averda (Lebanon)

· Glenn Platt, Environmental Manager, KEO International Consultants (UAE)

· Nigel Mattravers, Past Chairman, Waste and Resources Management Board, Institution of Civil Engineers, UK and Director, Grant Thornton UK LLP (UK)

· Ali Al-Suwaidi, Senior Operations Director, Burj Khalifa, Emaar Properties PJSC (UAE)

· Lina Chaaban, EnviroCare Manager, Tadweer Waste Treatment L.L.C (UAE)

Running alongside the conference, the Middle East waste Summit will also feature a prestigious exhibition that offers leading companies the opportunity to showcase their latest solutions and services to the industry’s leading waste management and recycling specialists. The latest companies signed up to exhibit at the Middle East Waste Summit include: Dulsco Waste Management Services, Excel Industry Co. LLC, M.T. Khoory & Sons, Union Paper Mills, Macpresse SRL, Bondtech Corporation, Emirates Recycling LLC, and Mil-Tek Middle East LL.

Get Involved

The organisers of the Middle East Waste Summit are now looking for professionals in the industry to host the round table sessions for the 2010 Waste Summit, attend the conferences and visit the exhibition. For more information on the Middle East Waste Summit, visit or email

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