Field Trip – Dubai Solar Show and WETEX 2017

On 25th October 2017, the CEBC UAE National Schools Environmental Protection Programme 2017 held its first field trip – to the Dubai Solar Show and WETEX. This visit was arranged at VERY short notice, so I’d like to offer a big thank you to those schools who managed to come along for the day!

After arriving at the Dubai World Trade Centre, students visited the Sustainable City stand. The Sustainable City is an incredible housing development that utilises clean and renewable energies, right here in Dubai. Students were able to see a fantastic lighted model of the city, and were even given a little treat to take home. We are hoping to plan an Ambassador Field Trip to the Sustainable City early next year – so keep an eye out for more information!

After this, we visited the Amity University stand at the Dubai Solar Show. Here, students were able to chat with Advisors or relax in the lounge area while we waited for our first speaker, Mr. David Provenzani, Managing Director of Arch Italy, and Advocate of the Dubai Solar Schools programme. During his presentation, David was able to provide lots of information to students on the work of Dubai Solar Schools, and also on the fantastic new ‘Green Team Programme‘ recently launched by Dubai Solar Schools, in association with the Clean Energy Business Council. Downloadable information on the programme can be found at the end of this post.

After his presentation, David kindly took questions from students about the future of solar and sustainability in the UAE, and what individual schools can do to ensure they are prepared for a sustainable future. Following this, students split off into two groups, with the first group attending the earlier solar flower workshop hosted by Imdaad. Imdaad are a major Facilities Management Company based in Dubai. At their workshop, based on the art of Alexandre Dang, a famous solar artist, students created their very own solar flower… or cat, planet, batman symbol or octopus… to sway under the power of light.

I’m sure you will be as amazed as I was with the creativity of our students… it was very pleasing to see so many wonderful creatures bobbing around, representing our student groups! Students not experiencing the workshop were given the opportunity to spend some time exploring the Dubai Solar Show and WETEX, and visiting many of the exhibitions on offer. Some of them even found a nice new car – a shiny Tesla!

I accompanied the second group of students to their dancing flower workshop, and they added to the creative installation started by our first group – as well as some beautiful flowers, this group contributed another octopus, human head, panda, dog bone, cats and more! I could see passers by at the show admiring our student creations. 

The students regrouped for a final session with Engie to finish the day. Engie is a major global energy player, that is continuing to expand into new areas of renewable and clean energies. The students were able to see, up close, some of the technologies and innovations on offer by Engie – including an electric vehicle charger – and were given their very own windmills to take home as a gift. Have you set yours up yet?

We would like to thank our wonderful sponsors – Arch Italy/Dubai Solar Schools, Imdaad and Engie for their support! We couldn’t have done it without you – thank you for taking the time to speak to and educate our Ambassadors and students. 

If you have any photos to share of the day, please feel free to send them through to Belinda at belinda@cebcschools.com, who will post them on the website for you too. You can also post them on instagram and tag them #cebcschools!

View more pictures from the day here

Resources on the Green Team Programme: Part One, Part Two, Part Three and Flyer