Empower, a district cooling provider company, has discussed prospects of boosting cooperation and exchanging expertise with the United States in energy and industrial sectors. This came during a meeting between Ahmad bin Shafar, CEO, Empower, and the U.S. Consul-General in Dubai, Robert Waller, aimed at discussing ways of increasing U.A.E. investment in the U.S. and bolstering bilateral trade. Both parties also discussed possibilities to promote U.S. exports to the U.A.E.. "The meeting between Empower and the U.S. Consular team proved to be inspirational and further strengthened the already strong trade relations between our two countries, particularly in the areas of sustainability and energy efficiency," said bin Shafar. "With Empower being the first Middle Eastern board member of the International District Energy Association and in light of Dubai being elected as host city of the World Expo 2020, this meeting between the U.S. Consul's delegation and the Empower team has significant strategic value," he added. Dubai has seen a surge in both foreign and domestic investment and efficient government spending has resulted in the development of state-of-the-art infrastructure and a world class business and tourism destination. Accompanied by Robert Bannerman, Foreign Commercial Attache at the U.S. Consulate in Dubai, Robert Waller praised Dubai's development as a global business hub. Waller described the Emirate as a business model for the entire Middle East region, due to the long-term vision of Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.