UAE to host the largest international congress on water desalination

October 1, 2017  
Government of Dubai Media Office – 1 October 2017: Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) announced that the UAE will host the International Desalination Association’s 2019 World Congress on Water Desalination. The Congress, to be held in Dubai, will be attended by leaders, senior officials, experts, and academics, as well as 2,000 participants from 60 countries around the world. This global event is the world ‘s largest and most prominent conference on water desalination.

The event was announced at a press conference at the Burj Al Arab hotel in Dubai, in the presence of HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA; HE Helal Saeed Al Marri, Director General of the Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing; Patricia Burke, Secretary General of the International Desalination Association (IDA), senior officials from the public and private sectors, EVP’s and VP’s from DEWA and the media.

HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer expressed his pride in the UAE becoming the host of the World Congress on Water Desalination 2019. The announcement comes closely on the heels of UAE winning the bid to host the 71st International Astronautical Congress in 2020, the largest of its kind in the world.

The UAE’s successful bid to host this important conference came as a result of fruitful cooperation between DEWA, and the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing in the preparation of the proposal to host the event. UAE was selected by the IDA, after careful review of its profile, over other bids from Barcelona in Spain, Busan in South Korea, and Muscat in Oman. The IDA received nominations from eight countries, including Canada, South Africa, India, and Malta, in addition to the above-mentioned countries. The conference, to be held in 2019 in Dubai, will coincide with the 21st Water, Energy, Technology and Environment Exhibition (WETEX), which will be held under the directives of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and under the patronage of HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, Minister of Finance and President of DEWA.

“We support the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, who has taken the lead in promoting the UAE’s position as the world's primary destination for conferences and exhibitions. The conference is the largest of its kind, and will include the participation of leaders, senior officials, and academics who specialise in water desalination, as well as over 2,600 participants from 60 countries worldwide,” said Al Tayer. “To implement the directives of our wise leadership, who have put innovation, preparing for the future, and sustainability as key strategic priorities, and to support the objectives of the UAE Vision 2021 and Dubai Plan 2021, Dubai has, over the past few years, advanced its regional and global position by launching pioneering projects, initiatives, and action plans in clean energy. It has also devised innovative and efficient methods and techniques to enhance energy efficiency, and rationalise the consumption of natural resources. This supports the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum to transform the Emirate into a global centre for clean energy and green economy and increase clean energy’s share in Dubai’s total power output to 7% by 2020, 25% by 2030, and 75% by 2050. DEWA is keen to host this global conference. Accordingly, we have launched several projects and initiatives to improve efficiency and reduce carbon emissions, directly contributing to water desalination. We aim to make Dubai the world's lowest carbon footprint by 2050, and achieve the Demand Side Management Strategy to reduce energy and water demand by 30% by 2030, and the Carbon Abatement Strategy to reduce carbon emissions by 16% by 2021,” added Al Tayer.


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