The 2017 Middle East Cleaning Technology Week (MECTW) held 7-9 November at the Dubai International Exhibition and Convention Centre was a great success with all the major players in the Middle East cleaning and hygiene industry present at the show. One of the most anticipated events every year, MECTW is the only one of its kind in the Middle East – a single platform uniting the international cleaning & hygiene, waste management, laundry & dry cleaning, and car wash & car care sectors. The event comprised the fifth edition of CMEP (Clean Middle East Pulire) Expo, third edition of Gulf Laundrex-Linen Care Expo, Gulf Car Wash-Car Care Expo, and the Waste Management pavilion.
In line with the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai of a sustainable future, and with a focus on generating further awareness on cleanliness and hygiene across different sectors in the region, MECTW with its exhibition and conferences brought together industry thought leaders, decision-makers and investors from across the globe.
The show which had over……. exhibitors received a great response in terms of the quality and quantity of visitors. The latest equipment and technology related to cleaning and waste management were on display at the show. MECTW was inaugurated on November 7, 2017 by HE Butti Saeed Al Ghandi, Second Vice Chairman of Dubai World Trade Centre.
Waste Management Pavilion
With a main objective of moving forward on the path to achieving the goal of a sustainable future for the region, last year, CMEP Expo had extended its scope with a new pavilion for Waste Management and many companies including the region’s leading environmental solutions provider Bee’ah participated in the show this year as well.
A key highlight of this year’s show was the Green Zone – a dedicated area for exhibitors to showcase their 100% eco-friendly products and solutions. Companies participating in the show had the opportunity to display one significant green certified product in the Green Zone.
The fifth edition of the International Cleaning & Hygiene Conference was held November 8, 2017, with focus on Health & Safety. The conference was opened by Dorothee Stein, Head-Facility Care, Dubai Airports. It included three presentations and two panel discussions all geared towards exploring health & safety initiatives in every aspect of cleaning. The presentations touched upon healthcare, software and probiotic cleaning. The panel discussions included perspectives on the impact of cleaning & hygiene chemicals and how the Industry 4.0 revolution has impacted health and safety in the region.
Excellence Awards in its 5th edition is a one-of-a-kind ceremony that lauds and celebrates the unsung heroes of the housekeeping, soft FM and laundry industries. This year, the awards received a total of 150 nominations from across the UAE and 24 deserving winners and runners-up were given due recognition at the awards ceremony held on November 9, 2017 at the MECTW show.
Unsung City Cleaning Heroes Awards
The Unsung City Cleaning Heroes Awards have been instituted to recognise the dedicated services provided by the outdoor cleaning staff in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Middle East Cleaning Technology Week (MECTW) had launched this first-of-its-kind initiative in the region in 2015. This year, the awards were presented to the best outdoor cleaning staff, including street cleaning and waste management staff working at various municipalities across the UAE including Dubai, Sharjah, Ras Al Khaimah, Abu Dhabi, Fujairah, Ajman and Umm Al Quwain.
The Unsung City Cleaning Heroes Awards ceremony was held on November 7, 2017. The awards, including a certificate and cash prize of AED1500, were presented to 20 best city cleaning staff nominated by different municipalities and waste management authorities.Dulsco was the Lead Sponsor, having supported the awards for 14 winners from Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Ajman, Fujairah and Umm Al Quwain.
While Bee’ah supported the awards for 4 best city cleaners selected from Sharjah, Ras Al Khaimah Waste Management Agency came on board this year as Category Sponsor for the awards for 2 best city cleaning staff in that emirate.
The awards were presented by S. Madhumohan, Director, Environmental Solutions, Dulsco; Vinesh Menon, Deputy General Manager-Operations, Dulsco; Sonia Nasser, Technical Director, Ras Al Khaimah Waste Management Agency; and Abdullah Ahmed Sammour, Area Manager, Bee’ah. It was a poignant moment for the winners including Mohammed Mammon Alrasheed, Shiekh Abdulsathar and Mijan Mia Shiddiqur Rahman at Dubai Municipality; Hameed Khan Abdul Samad, Dulsco, Dubai; Mohammed Hakim Miya and Palani Muniya Nayakkar at Veolia, Abu Dhabi; Caroline Claire Delmas and Emma Salvador Casanas at Lavajet, Abu Dhabi; Usman Konaje Ibrahim and Mizanur Rahman at Dulsco, Fujairah; Pintu Hozrot Ali and Mohamed Baber at Dulsco, Umm Al Quwain; Mohammad Zinna Shaik, Padam Paudel, Ram Sebak Yadav and Bijendra Kumar Sah at Bee’ah, Sharjah; Masud Alhaz Md Shaha Alam and Muhammad Ijaz at Dulsco, Ajman; as well as Manidur Rahman Naimuddin and Hanif Sna Miah at Ras Al Khaimah Waste Management Agency.
A big ‘Thank You’ to our sponsors
We would like to thank all our sponsors for their support in recognising the services of these unsung heroes who are working hard year round to keep our cities clean and green, but whose efforts go unrecognised.
Sustainable Waste Management Middle East Conference Highlights Strategies For A Greener Future
• Focus on sustainable solutions in residential, commercial, hospitality and healthcare sectors
• Various sessions provided delegates with an overview of key initiatives, policies and plans that focused on closing the loop, as well as their strategic implications in terms of a sustainable future
This year, the Waste Management Pavilion at Middle East Cleaning Technology Week (MECTW) introduced a whole new platform for knowledge sharing – a conference on sustainable waste management in the Middle East. Middle Eastern countries are amongst the highest per capita waste producers in the world, as recent figures indicate. Ninety-five million tonnes of waste was generated in the GCC region in 2015 and this is expected to reach 120 million tonnes by 2020. One cannot emphasise enough the need for sustainable strategies and solutions to deal with the region’s growing environmental requirements.
It was in this context that the inaugural edition of the Sustainable Waste Management Middle East Conference was held on 7 November 2017. The forum focused on the key theme of ‘Sustainability’ and brought together prominent local and international professionals in the waste management industry. Government and private sector experts, and other stakeholders discussed the latest trends, emerging topics and lead interactive sessions on waste and the significance of recycling in effectively closing the loop.
The forum featured expert speakers from the Middle East who touched upon the most modern technologies, sustainable solutions available on the international market, waste recycling and best practices across sectors in the UAE as well as the opportunities in the region’s fast developing waste management and recycling market. The discussions were organised under three themes – Solid waste management and recycling strategy at the governmental level; Smart waste management to close the loop in commercial and residential sectors; Strategies to reduce and divert food waste in the hotel and catering industry. The panel discussions were moderated by Dr. Swaliha Shanavas, Editor, Waste & Recycling Middle East magazine.
The opening plenary session on solid waste management and recycling strategy in the region saw senior experts from various municipalities touch upon important issues involved in waste management, types of waste being generated and current practices in the region. They also shared their master plans, new systems and models, and highlighted the steps they are taking for effective diversion comprising various programmes and projects, awareness initiatives, barriers to implementing necessary measures and strategies for success in this area. The panelists were: Eng. Naji Al Radhi, Waste Management & Treatment Expert, Waste Management Department, Dubai Municipality; Ahmed Al-Sabahi, Head of Municipal Solid Waste Planning, Be’ah, Oman; and Sonia Nasser, Executive Director, Ras Al Khaimah Waste Management Agency.
In the session that focused on smart waste management in the residential and commercial sectors, a panel of experts, including S. Madhumohan, Director of Waste Management, Dulsco; Khalid Issa, Head of Business Development and Sales, Bee’ah; Jules Adem, Commercial Manager, Suez Middle East Recycling; and Andrea Deutschbein, Director FM-Soft Services, The Dubai Mall, provided interesting insights into the current status, key issues and trends in residential and commercial waste management. The panelists discussed the main problems in the region including infrastructure, financial concerns, awareness issues, and the plans and strategies best suited for waste diversion and improved resource efficiency in these sectors.
Ahmed Al-Sabahi, Head of Municipal Solid Waste Planning at Be’ah, Oman gave a presentation on the practices and challenges in healthcare waste management. He examined the key topics related to healthcare operations including current procedures, public health, occupational and environmental issues, as well as technology for the treatment of healthcare waste in Oman.
The final session on strategising to reduce and divert food waste in the hotel and catering industry saw a healthy discussion on strategies to reduce and divert food waste in the sector and along the supply chain. The panel examined the key issues involved, including the current situation, infrastructure, customer and staff awareness and other barriers to implementing necessary measures to reduce food waste, as well as best practices and strategies for improvement in this area.
The panelists included Christiane Zeidan, Corporate Director of Environment, Health and Safety Rotana Hotel Management Corporation; Sheeba Tharayil, Quality and Sustainable Development Manager, Accor Middle East; Ranji Koshy, C&S Controller, HSEQ Dept., Etihad Airport Services; Rafael Lopez, Regional General Manager-GCC, Blue; Mateo Dugand, Energy & Landfill Engineer, Ras Al Khaimah Waste Management Agency; and Raja Narayanasamy, Cluster Chief Steward, DoubleTree by Hilton Resort & Spa Marjan Island / DoubleTree by Hilton Ras Al Khaimah.