Hmaidan said he holds hopes for many Gulf countries, particularly Qatar. But he said he is less optimistic about Saudi Arabia despite the government's solar and wind targets. He noted that as of this summer's U.N. Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saudi Arabia took a leading role in blocking any global move to end subsidies for fossil fuels.
"What we saw in Rio shows that they haven't changed much," he said.
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