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28 September 2023

The COP28 Blue Zone

As Dubai prepares to host COP28 between 30 November and 12 December this year, attendees are gearing up for a wide range of events, exhibitions, and activities. The COP28 summit will bring together people from across the world, spanning multiple backgrounds and organisations. This annual climate conference is a platform upon which world leaders, policymakers, scientists, and key climate stakeholders will discuss global climate change, its impact, and how the world can combat the effects it has on our environment and infrastructures. 

While COP attendance is usually the reserve of government officials and accredited delegates, this is not the case for this year’s summit in Dubai. Taking place at Expo City Dubai, the summit will be split into two areas, the Blue Zone and the Green Zone. The Blue Zone will host official delegates, but the inclusion of the Green Zone means that non-governmental actors and non-accredited organisations and individuals will be able to attend and participate in COP! In this blog, we’ll take a quick look at what the Blue Zone is and who can attend it.

Quick facts for COP

  • COP28 will be held in which country? Expo City Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • COP28 dates? 30 November to 12 December 2023
  • What are the COP28 themes? Technology & innovation, inclusion, frontline communities, and climate finance
  • What’s on the COP28 agenda? Accelerating the global low-carbon, clean energy transition, ramping up climate finance, and focusing on a people-centric, inclusive approach

COP28 is the 28th iteration of the Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). During this annual summit, member countries of the United Nations will gather together to discuss climate change and devise strategies and agreements in order to combat its effects. This year’s conference is significant because it will also facilitate the first Global Stocktake (GST) of COP. The stocktake will assess the world’s progress towards the 1.5 degrees Celsius limit to global warming that was agreed upon at the signing of the Paris Agreement in 2016. At COP, world leaders and key stakeholders will audit the action we have taken and devise further strategies to achieve our goal.

So, what is the Blue Zone?

The COP28 summit will be split into the two zones mentioned, the Blue Zone, and the Green Zone. The Blue Zone is the area of the summit that will be managed by the UNFCCC, and is open only to accredited parties:

  • World leaders
  • Country negotiators
  • Observer delegates (NGOs, IGOs, and UN agencies)
  • Accredited media

The Blue Zone is where the “action” happens. Here, the formal negotiations for the COP summit will take place. Additionally, the zone will host several official smaller events, such as panel discussions, speaking engagements, cultural events, and round tables. While the public won’t be able to physically attend the events that take place in the Blue Zone, fear not! Live coverage will ensure that you don’t have to miss a moment. And, as we mentioned, the Green Zone is COP’s solution to opening this world summit to the public. There, you are free to rove wherever you please! For more information about the zones, Rovers can head over to the official website for the COP conference.

Get ready for the COP28 summit

If COP is on your schedule for this year, now is the time to start making your travel arrangements. As Dubai prepares to receive thousands of Rovers from around the world, the city’s accommodation options are filling up fast! Make your hotel reservations one less thing to worry about, and book your stay at Rove. If you’re looking for a hotel near COP28, you won’t get much closer than Rove Expo 2020! Located in the heart of Expo City Dubai, the COP28 location, Rove Expo 2020 places you in the centre of the action. We’re the only on-site hotel in Expo City Dubai, making us the perfect choice for Rovers wanting to stay close to the summit. If you’re looking for something a little further away, you’ll find two perfect solutions at Rove At The Park and Rove Dubai Marina, both within a short 15-minute drive from COP28!

At Rove, you’ll find a home away from home in our upbeat, vibrant hotels. With friendly Rovesters ready to assist you with all your needs, you can rest assured that your hotel stay in Dubai will be smooth sailing all the way. Our Rover Rooms are designed with your comfort and convenience in mind, providing a comfy bed, air conditioning, a Smart TV, a mini fridge, and a power rain shower to help you unwind after your day’s exploration at the summit. Rovers enjoy high-speed wifi across our hotels, and have their pick of a range of world-class facilities and amenities that include a 24-hour gym, laundry services, and The Daily, our epic on-site restaurant. 

Rove Hotels is also a friend to the environment. We’ve embraced energy-efficient technologies with more solar panelling powering our locations, and AI food waste management systems that help us reduce our impact. Our green initiatives mean our hotels have received Gold certification on the LEED scale for green buildings. 

Rove has got you covered as your hotel near COP28. Book your stay in one of our Dubai hotels today!