The opportunity to turn water adversity lies in enhancing regional and international cooperation in water-related programmes, stressed a UAE minister at Arab Water Forum.
Grand Hyatt Hotel, Dubai
22 September 2021, 12:00 AM
30 October 2021, 12:00 AM
The 5th Arab Water Forum (AWF5) was held at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Dubai on Tuesday.
The forum comes at a time when the region is facing the problem of acute water scarcity, which has reached a critical level with the increased demand for clean water due to the growing population.
The forum titled - Arab Water Security for Peace and Sustainable Development - saw the presence of more than 600 delegates, participants from 22 Arab countries, pledging their strong commitment to water security for peace and sustainable development in the Arab world. The three-day conference focuses on water scarcity in the Arab World, depleting water resources and ways and means to generate water from sustainable sources.
Inaugurating the forum, Engineer Suhail Al Mazrouei, UAE Minister of Energy and Infrastructure, announced that to support the water sector and tackle challenges related to water scarcity, the UAE is developing three water desalination projects in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Umm Al Quwain with a combined capacity of 420 million imperial gallons per day (MIGD) that will be completed by 2023. These will raise the water desalination capacity of the UAE to 1,590 MIGD – and help strengthen UAE’s water security, he said.
In his inaugural speech at the forum, Suhail Al Mazrouei said: “Water is an essential pillar of sustainability, which makes it a strategic priority of the UAE. The Arab Water Forum is a leading platform for cooperation and collaboration to support the water sector and strengthen efforts to address challenges related to water scarcity…The worsening global climate change and the increase in future demand for water have forced us to undertake more initiatives, dialogue, reflection and joint work to build future capabilities to meet these challenges and overcome.”