Delegates at last year's World Hydrogen Mena

The second World Hydrogen Mena conference will bring the entire international hydrogen value chain together to discuss the strategic and technological opportunities for hydrogen in the region and beyond.

Leading industry stakeholders will come together at the international collaboration and strategy forum to address key issues in the hydrogen industry, including scaling-up of clean hydrogen production; the investment and development of local supply chains and workforce; infrastructure and transportation; and regulatory and political implications necessary for this global collaboration to succeed.

The cost of producing clean hydrogen is expected to drop between 30 per cent and 50 per cent by 2030 for Mena region countries. As such, the vast amounts of solar and wind energy resources make the region one of the most cost competitive for hydrogen production.

The region can also funnel financial reserves from its fossil fuel economy into new hydrogen investments in addition to using existing infrastructure and local capabilities.

The region is also ideally located centrally for exporting to energy demand centres in Europe and Asia.

The annual World Hydrogen conference will be held in Dubai from February 27 to March 2 at the Address Dubai Marina, Dubai.

With over 400 attendees expected from more than 30 countries, visitors will hear from over 100 industry experts over 3 days and get hands on with a site visit to a green hydrogen facility.

Also, featured will be Interactive deep-dive Masterclasses focusing on solar and hydrogen, geopolitics of hydrogen, project finance toolkits and business models.

Some industry experts who have already confirmed include:

Sacha Parneix, Vice-President Sales and Marketing, Alstom; Essam AL Sheibany, Group Vice-President QHSSE and Sustainability, Asyad; Cornelius Matthes, CEO, Dii Desert Energy; Francois Dao, Vice-President, Middle East and Africa, EDF Renewables; Nawal Alhanaee, Director of Future Energy Department, Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure UAE; Sausan Al Riyami, Director, Oman Hydrogen Center; Dan Feldman, Partner, Global Head of Energy Innovation and Head of Global Hydrogen Industry Team, Shearman & Sterling; and Petra Schwager, Chief, Climate and Technology Partnerships Division, UNIDO, among others.

World Hydrogen Mena 2023 is co-hosted by World Hydrogen Leaders, the Mena Hydrogen Alliance and Dii Desert Energy, the leading authority on energy transition in the region.