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Dubai Marks World Environment Day in Style


Dubai, June 1, 2011 – Under the patronage and in the presence of H.E. Dr. Rashid Ahmed Bin Fahad, Minister of Environment and Water, and in commemoration of World Environment Day (WED), EPIC Dubai Sustainable Living Expo, in collaboration with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and Dubai Events and Promotions Establishment (DEPE), will host a celebration to honour public and private organizations for their impactful contribution to the EPIC initiative and to a greener, more sustainable UAE.

John D. Wiebe, President and CEO of GLOBE Foundation, a not-for-profit world’s environmental problems, will deliver the keynote address and will welcome H.E. Dr. Rashid Ahmed Bin Fahad and guests of honour at the event, which will take place June 5, 2011 at The Address Dubai Mall.

“We are celebrating World Environment Day, the most notable global day for positive environmental action, in Dubai, to inspire eco-change and acknowledge the initiatives undertaken by public and private organizations that play a pivotal role in shaping the sustainable future of the UAE,” said John Weibe.

Weibe added, “We applaud the United Arab Emirates for its continuous commitment to sustainability, driven by the guidance of its leaders, and on behalf of the Globe Foundation, we express our utmost gratitude to our supporters and partners for their contribution to the EPIC Dubai Sustainable Living Expo.”

The evening will feature speeches by some of the most influential figures in the UAE as well as screenings of inspirational documentary films to celebrate the occasion.

“Our participation in the EPIC initiative reflects the commitment of Dubai’s government towards environmental sustainability. UAE was among the first countries in the world to adopt and integrate environmental initiatives in communities and hence our support for EPIC,” said Laila Suhai, CEO, Dubai Events and Promotions Establishment.

“As a family event, Dubai Summer surprises will feature events with relevant environmental messages for all, especially children,” she added.

UNEP Champion of the Earth, Louis Palmer, a global environmental adventurer and the first man to circumnavigate the planet on solar power, will be guest of honour at the event

“This announcement of a sustainable living expo on World Environment Day is a step forward for sustainability in the region. Creating environmentally alert and conscious consumers who will use the planet’s resources wisely and more efficiently helps us all build a low carbon global green economy,” said Satinder Bindra, Director Communications UNEP.

EPIC Dubai Sustainable Living Expo is an initiative by Sustainable Media Group (SMG), a joint venture of GLOBE Events, a subsidiary of Globe Foundation and S.S. Lootah International, the global business and investment arm of S.S. Lootah Group. EPIC Dubai is supported by Dubai Events and Promotions Establishment (DEPE) through Summer Surprises 2011.


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