The achievement of the smart grid as one of THE networks of the future in the Middle East will be addressed during the high-level conference Smart Metering Middle East and Smart Grids Middle East 2009 which takes place from 4-6 May 2009 in Dubai, UAE.  

Some 200 delegates will hear from over 40 industry-elite speakers that will take an in-depth look at the current challenges being faced by utilities concerning the achievement of a truly smart grid infrastructure.

The event boasts an impressive speaker list of local and international experts including Ali Saleh Al Barrak, CEO of Saudi Arabia’s Electricity Company, Dr. Ayoub Kazim, Executive Director of Dubai Knowledge Village and Francois Meslier from France, Acting Secretary General of Medelec, representing the Mediterranean electrical industry.

Middle East Energy Challenges
Globally it is becoming clear that the smart grid will be one of the networks of the future and that utilities are turning their attention to the smart grid as a tool for energy monitoring and management. The meter is also seen as a key component of the energy management infrastructure.

“The rate of real estate development in the Middle East today is placing utilities under increasing pressure to monitor energy consumption in a cost-efficient way”, says Nicholas McDiarmid, Editor of Smart Energy International.  He adds that:  “the Middle East is facing its own energy challenges and utilities across the region are rapidly to Smart Energy technologies, including Smart Meters, Advanced Metering Infrastructure and energy management systems to both realise the benefits of Smart Metering as well as to enhance energy efficiency”.

Even the wealthiest of the economies, such as Saudi Arabia is finding it extremely difficult to continue making large scale investments in their power sector. In 2005 Saudi Arabia and other countries such as Lebanon, Qatar and Yemen encountered major power shortage. Not surprisingly, the less wealthy countries are finding it more difficult to manage their power shortages by expanding supply.

Presentations, “smart sessions”, trends and technologies
Some highlights of the conference programme are:

  1. Smart grids 101 – Developing a roadmap for the Middle East
    This workshop will focus on various aspects of the smart grid, including:  “why a smart grid”, ageing infrastructure, emerging technology, how to marry technologies and where utility companies should start.
  2. Leaders plenary panel discussion:  Setting the scene – How smart metering and smart grid technologies could deliver significant operational, environmental and consumer benefits in the Middle East. An esteemed panel of leaders will discuss the transformation of the utility industry brought on by technology advances and environmental drivers, specifically focusing on this affecting their utilities. They will also demonstrate how their utilities’ business models and business cases will enable them to justify investments in advanced metering, smart grid, billing and CRM infrastructures and how they believe this will impact on their organisations’ processes.
  3. Awards ceremony: Smart Energy International Excellence Awards
    The awards programme recognises and encourages excellence in the Middle East power and utility sector. Winners will be honoured in the categories of Leadership, Metering Project and Metering Technology.
  4. Trends and Technologies
    Smart Metering Middle East and Smart Grids Middle East 2009 will showcase new trends and technologies by the latest and biggest industry names in the utility sector.  These include:  Elster, Itron, Siemens, BPL, Iskraemeco, Power Plus Communications, Areva, Dr Neuhaus, Hefcom, Sergi France, Kamstrup, Landis+Gyr, Spintelligent as well as the host publication Smart Energy International.
  5. International case studies and success areas
    Top representatives from utilities and technology leaders will present their experience and successes with the implementation of smart metering and the smart grid in France, Germany, South Africa, the Netherlands, United Kingdom, Palestine, Dubai and Switzerland.

An updated programme and brochure for Smart Metering Middle East and Smart Grids Middle East 2009 can be downloaded from the event website: www.smart-energy.com/sgme

For more information, for media accreditation or interviews with speakers contact:
Ryan Matthews
Email: ryan.matthews@spintelligent.com
Phone: 888 559 8017 / EXT: 3535
Cell:  +27 79 939 9705
Fax: 413 487 6276
Web: www.smart-energy.com/sgme

Conference location:
Al Murooj Rotana Hotel
Al Saffa Street (Off Sheikh Zayed Road)
Adjacent to Dubai International Financial Centre