Industry 4.0



ESG principles expect companies to first do business responsibly and then pursue opportunities to solve societal challenges through business innovation and collaboration. The fundamentals of ESG will help work towards planets safety including but not limited to that of its human population, natural resources, environmental ecosystem, recycling of exploited resources with an aim to move towards a Net Zero globe.

The ESG Leaders Summit will be a convergence ground of sustainable development leaders from Government, Industry, Academics and Developmental organisations to brainstorm on strategies that can help GCC achieve its objective of being a Net Zero Economy by 2060 whilst covering its carbon neutral and circular economy milestones of 2035.

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With focused discussions on energy transition, climate change imperatives, reducing emissions, decarbonization, recycling, technology through Ministerial keynotes, industrial and scientific expert sessions and thematic panel discussions the event will bring to the forefront the global best practice

A collocated exhibition will showcase new products and technologies that will help GCC identify aides that can help along this ambitious journey.


ESG imperatives are now front and centre for Middle East businesses and government. Since, the region is undergoing a rapid transformation, with this change driving economic growth, diversifying economies, creating jobs and improving overall quality of life. Reflected in national visions set out by individual countries, this transformation is threaded through every aspect of Middle Eastern society.

For ESG transformation to make an impact, a two-pronged approach is required. First, businesses must do everything in their power to deliver on ESG issues. Second, government bodies and regulators must develop clear policies and regulations to assist businesses in their transformations.

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ESG demonstrates a new approach to business that thrives on collaboration between clients, suppliers, regulators and across industries and the adoption of its principles - both by the public and private sector - can accelerate the massive and fast transformation of our region. By fully embedding ESG strategies, organisations can set themselves on a path to long-term, sustained outcomes and success.

Governments, in turn, can enable this transformation through setting a purposeful ESG policy and regulatory agenda that will underpin the drive towards increased economic opportunities - new, value-added jobs, more meaningful social inclusion and greater governance for regional economies.

WHY ESG – Dubai 2023?

  • Platform for sustainable development professionals to discuss and debate on growth imperatives
  • Accelerate cooperation & partnerships among stakeholders within the country, regional and global players engaged in combating climate change.
  • Bring to the forefront new technologies, materials, processes and proven solutions that could help fast track the journey to Net Zero
  • Understanding the global best practices that could help address gaps
  • Platform for exchanging ideas and enhancing knowledge sharing between policy makers, regulators, researchers, non-profit sector and industry to work towards the common goal of preserving the planet

Latest ESG Regulation in the region

ESG related developments in the Gulf Cooperation Council Countries (“GCC”) and Middle East, North Africa (“MENA”) continued apace in 2021 in line with global developments and trends. Given the forthcoming UN Climate Summits (COP 27 and 28) will be hosted in the region, ESG related principles will likely gain more prominence, in keeping with international trends and pressures. This may spotlight regional solutions to bridge the challenge of protecting the environment and meeting economic development needs
Over the last year several governments in the MENA / GCC region announced net zero carbon emissions targets, enacted personal data and privacy laws, and regulators issued guidance on sustainable finance, ethical use of enabling technology and outsourcing, required ESG reporting and female board representation for publicly listed companies.

Data, Analytics Tools & Technology for ESG

“Taking ESG from buzzword to reality with Data Analytics and AI”
With the stakeholders facing challenges in their ESG fundamental data strategy, the importance of applying technology to meet the rigor required in this new and evolving realm of ESG/sustainability data is ever increasing.
Organizations are increasingly turning to their CIOs and chief data officers to help understand how to rise to this challenge, because technology and data are at the heart of the answer.
Powerful new technologies and advanced analytical tools can play a critical role in underpinning the solutions needed to tackle the most pressing challenges. An integrated technology solution will help in developing key capabilities such as ESG Performance monitoring, ESG Reporting, ESG – Pre assessment and Quick implementation.

Sustainable Energy Transition in GCC

As identified above, our region has a tremendous opportunity to play a key role in the world’s energy transition, with vast potential for solar power, and opportunities to develop a green hydrogen economy. Some GCC countries have launched initiatives, including the UAE’s Energy Strategy 20508 and Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030, that feature ambitious targets for adding renewable and clean energy to their energy mix. For example, the UAE is investing more than $163bn to use clean energy for half of its energy mix by 2050.
Adopting a circular economic model could also save the GCC $138bn between 2020 and 2030.9 GCC governments and major industrial players have realised that the traditional and dominant linear economic model of “take, make, use, and waste” is unsustainable.

Who should attend this Event?

  • Business leaders
  • Compliance officers
  • ESG, sustainability and CSR professionals
  • Audit professionals and CFOs
  • Risk and investment managers
  • Policy-makers
  • Investors
  • Business advisors