AWST adopts green strategies for its forthcoming fourth edition

Wed 03-01-2018 14:38 PM

SHARJAH, 3rd January, 2018 (WAM) — The Supreme Organising Committee, SOC, of the fourth edition of the Arab Women’s Sports Tournament, AWST, has announced its plan to implement green strategies at the competition, with its aim to protecting the environment through innovative technologies.

SOC’s plan for the event – which runs from 2nd to 12th February, 2018 – is to deploy modern environmentally-friendly solutions for its operations. The aim is to ensure that AWST 2018 has taken advantage of all the latest technological and eco-friendly components, making it a smart, high-end, sustainable course.


The plan will see the SOC cooperate with the Bee’ah Sharjah Environment Company, Bee’ah, the UAE’s integrated environmental and waste management company. The organisation will distribute special waste and paper containers to all AWST amenities, while Sharjah Municipality will supervise and ensure the hygiene of the tournament’s sport facilities, and organise a series of workshops and awareness programmes to engage audiences on ways to contribute to the sustainability of their environment.

The SOC intends to use smart monitors to show advertisements and daily match timetables throughout the event instead of paper flyers. It will also deploy green transportation, including bicycles fully equipped with safety requirements, to facilitate access to different venues, thereby minimising harmful carbon dioxide emissions. The committee will also use recyclable paper in the few leaflets that it does intend to print.

Nada Askar Al Naqbi, Head of the AWST Executive Committee and Director-General of Sharjah Women’s Sports Foundation, said that AWST’s strategy aligns with the UAE’s efforts to commit to international agreements and conventions on preserving the environment and climate. She pointed out that it is a first-of-its-kind move at a sporting event that takes place in the UAE and the region.

“Through efficient coordination with all government entities, I believe that we will be able to host a unique Arab women sporting event that meets the highest standards of environment sustainability, which promotes Sharjah as a beacon of ecological protection among Arab countries and which enhances its position as a green emirate,” she added.

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