Dubai and France have held talks this week during COP21 in Paris aimed at increasing French involvement in power projects in the United Arab Emirates.

A delegation from the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy and Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) met with policymakers and bosses of French energy, water and environmental businesses.Dubai delegation in cleam energy talks with France

Anne-Marie Idrac, Special Representative of the French Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, highlighted French interest in enhancing energy partnerships with Dubai.

She said the French government is interested in participating in DEWA’s projects and initiatives, particularly in renewable energy.

Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, vice-chairman of the Supreme Council of Energy and chief executive of DEWA, highlighted the establishment of the Dubai Green Zone, to attract research and development centres and start-ups working on clean energy, and the Dubai Green Fund, which will contribute over $27bn towards clean energy projects in the emirate.

“We welcome French businesses to partner with us to achieve our goals for renewable energy projects in Dubai,” said Al Tayer.