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COP28#BuildingsPavilion: Climate Action – A deep dive into environmental and social sustainability challenges, from COP28 to the World
| 11:30-13:00 Gulf Standard Time (GST)



Lead organisation(s): Dar Al-Handasah Consultants (Shair and Partners)

Format: Presentations, in-person only

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Climate change and the race to zero presents the greatest ever challenge to our buildings and infrastructure that make up and support our cities. The urban climate transformation relies upon both the rapid deployment of innovative and integrated urban systems, and the deep engagement with urban communities to build a consensus for change.

System change at the speed demanded by science requires us to think creatively, bring our best and most innovative capability to the table and bring all sectors, communities and businesses on the journey towards decarbonizing our built environment.

COP28 also offers an ideal platform for bolstering our communities, academia, youth, and civil societies across GCC and the world. It is a gathering of decision-makers, allocators of capital and the world’s best minds tackling the world’s most urgent problem.

The session will tackle the challenges of environmental and social sustainability revolve around empowering communities and determining our priorities for climate mitigation, community and youth engagement, promoting education, technology and globalization.

At this event, guest speakers will share insights, case studies, strategies and solutions that assist in decarbonizing the built environment and creating healthy, resilient, financially viable buildings, cities, communities and infrastructure systems for generations to come.


  • Cristina Gamboa - CEO, World Green Building Council 
  • Talal Shair - CEO & Chairman, Dar 
  • Omar AlKhan, Head - Centre of Business Studies and Research - Dubai Chamber of Commercce
  • Moderated by: Balsam Nehme, Dar-Al-Handasah



Agenda item 

11:30 - 11: 40

Cristina Gamboa Keynote

11:40 - 11:45

Talal Shair Speech

11:45 - 12:45

Panel Discussion with all speakers or presentations (TBC)


About Dar

Dar is one of the world’s leading consultancies, providing design, planning, management, and engineering solutions for buildings and cities, transportation and civil infrastructure, and water and the environment. We take on the world’s most exciting and ambitious projects in order to nurture sustainable development and empower communities.  Our global workforce comprises more than 7,850 professionals operating out of five principal design centers and 47 offices in the Middle East, Asia, Europe, and Africa. Together, we have delivered more than 4,500 projects collectively worth over US$ 540 billion for more than 900 clients in 60 countries. Dar is also the founder of Dar Group, a global design, engineering, and consulting group which has ranked among the world’s top 10 international design firms for more than 15 years (ENR).

For our people and our planet, we promote sustainability in everything we do and empower our clients and communities to decarbonize by 2050. Dar is a signatory on the WGBC’s Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment and will be delivering our first global ESG report ahead of COP28. Whether as the WGBC’s Regional Partner in the Middle East and Africa or as a sponsor and contributor to COP 27, we regularly engage with international entities to develop thought leadership and best practices for sustainability and resilience. 

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