Dubai is getting ready to host this year’s COP28 summit between 30 November and 12 December 2023, an exciting event that will transform the city into a bustling scene of visitors and delegates from around the world! As attendees prepare for a diverse range of events and activities, COP28 will mark a significant milestone in our climate change action. This annual summit will bring together world leaders, key climate stakeholders, policymakers, and scientists to discuss climate change, its impact, and our global plans to mitigate the effects.
Typically, COP attendance is formally reserved for accredited delegates. This means that only individuals and parties that are approved to take part in formal negotiations and talks are able to attend the summit. However, at COP28, things will be done a little differently! Enter, The Green Zone. This year, the COP summit will open its doors to the public by splitting the summit into two areas, the Blue Zone, and the Green Zone. The Blue Zone will host the official delegates and formal events, but the addition of the Green Zone means that non-state actors and non-accredited organisations and individuals will be able to attend and participate in the summit as well. In this blog, we’ll take a look at the COP28 Green Zone 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
The COP28 summit is the 28th iteration of the Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). At this annual event, member countries of the United Nations come together to discuss climate change and devise strategies and agreements in order to combat its effects. This year’s COP is also significant because it will also host the first official Global Stocktake (GST), which will assess world progress towards the 1.5 degrees Celsius limit to global warming agreed to in the Paris Agreement. This year’s COP will be an opportunity for parties to audit our progress and devise further strategies to achieve this goal.
The Green Zone explained
Inclusivity is part of COP28’s aims this year, and the Green Zone is a great reflection of that. The Blue Zone is, as we said, only open to official delegates such as country negotiators and world leaders, and it is the site where formal talks and negotiations will take place. The Green Zone is COP’s solution to opening this important global event to the public. This space, managed and delivered by the 28th COP UAE Presidency, is a platform for non-accredited delegates, including:
- Civil society
- Indigenous and youth groups
- The private sector
A key aspect of this year’s approach is to emphasise the importance of government and private sector collaboration for climate change. With the Green Zone, private sector organisations have the opportunity to showcase innovative solutions to address the impacts of climate change. This means that the Green Zone will be a space for some of the most exciting technology and creativity the world has to offer! The zone will also host a wide range of conferences, discussion panels, exhibitions, and activations, meaning there is something for everyone in this open, dynamic space. Tickets for the Green Zone will soon be available through the official COP website, so Rovers can secure their spots and start planning their Dubai COP summit adventure!
Start planning your visit
As we draw closer to November 2023, it’s time to start making your Dubai travel arrangements! With thousands of COP attendees from around the world due to arrive at this major event, Dubai accommodation is in hot demand. Make your hotel reservations one less thing to worry about. Book with us at Rove today! When it comes to a hotel near COP28, Rove has got you covered. Rove Expo 2020 is the only on-site hotel located within Expo City Dubai, the COP28 location, so stay with us to ensure you don’t miss a minute of the action. If you’re looking for something slightly further from the summit, Rovers can stay at Rove At The Park or Rove Dubai Marina, two perfect locations within a short 15-minute drive from the summit!
Our Rovers’ comfort and convenience are key, and our hotels have the amenities and facilities to prove it! With high-speed wifi across the hotel, you can stay connected wherever you go. Enjoy our 24-hour gym, laundry facilities, outdoor pool, and divine on-site restaurant, The Daily, there to keep you full and energised for your COP adventures. Our Rover Rooms are equipped with a comfy bed, air conditioning, a Smart TV, a mini fridge, and a power rain shower, meaning you can unwind in a little slice of paradise at the end of a long day at the conference.
At Rove, we’re as committed to positive change as COP28. We’ve harnessed the power of energy-efficient technology with increased solar panelling to power our hotels, and utilise AI food waste management systems to reduce our impact as much as possible. What’s more, our green initiatives give Rove Hotels a Gold certification on the LEED scale, one of the world’s most widely used green building ratings.