Abu Dhabi, Dec 18, 2013 - (ACN Newswire) - Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority (ADWEA) announced today the signing of a strategic partnership with the second edition of International Water Summit (IWS). IWS 2014 is hosted by Masdar and will be held in Abu Dhabi from 20-22 January at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC) during the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW).
Over 5,000 attendees and nearly 200 companies representing 20 countries are expected to attend IWS 2014. Building on the outstanding success of the inaugural IWS 2013, the second edition of IWS is set to occupy an extra 25 percent of exhibition space and will continue to play a significant role in the global effort to promote sustainable water resource management solutions.
ADWEA's strategic partnership with IWS is an effort to contribute to the sustainable development of the water sector to meet the growing water demand of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries. It aligns with ADWEA's objectives to foster innovation by bringing together stakeholders who share best practice, collaborate and explore business opportunities on an international level. With an estimated investment of over USD 300 billion in GCC water sustainability infrastructure projects during the period 2012-2022, the event also presents vast business opportunities to leading regional and global providers of cutting-edge water technologies.
Commenting on the signing of the partnership agreement, H.E. Abdulla Saif Al Nuaimi, Director General of ADWEA, said, "We have joined forces with IWS 2014 due to the significant role it plays not only addressing water challenges and promoting sustainable water resource management solutions, but also in raising awareness among citizens and residents of Abu Dhabi. The accelerated growth and development of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi is associated with rise in population, industrial development and growing agriculture requirements. Therefore, partnering the event furthers our efforts in spreading the message of water conservation and in encouraging necessary action."
H.E. Al Nuaimi highlighted the entity's water-conservation efforts and initiatives. He said, "On our part, we are committed to the ongoing development of policies and implementation of advanced technologies to ensure efficient and sustainable water resource management and distribution in the Emirate."
"We were particularly keen to tie up with IWS 2014 in order to partake in the ongoing debate and discussions on water conservation and water management. It will provide us with an ideal platform to share our knowledge as well as learn about new technologies, projects and ideas that we may then be able to implement in Abu Dhabi and serve our customers better," H.E. Al Nuaimi added.
Ara Fernezian, Divisional Managing Director - UAE at Reed Exhibitions, said, "The global water challenge requires the collaboration of experts and decision-makers from both government and private sectors to debate, discuss and contribute in solving water-related issues of the Middle East and global arid regions."
Fernezian continued, "Our work at IWS 2014 supports the effort undertaken by the UAE to carve a pathway toward sustainability worldwide. We would like to express our gratitude and appreciation to ADWEA for their support to IWS event once again this year."
IWS 2014 is a global platform that hosts world leaders, government organizations, policymakers, public and private sector investors, business leaders, consultants and water experts to interact, negotiate and finalise plans to develop diverse and sustainable water portfolios in the GCC and other regions. The inaugural edition of IWS in 2013 was attended by 4700 participants from 75 countries, contributing to the Middle East's effort in seeking innovative solutions to water-scarcity problems in arid regions globally.
It is co-located with World Future Energy Summit (WFES), an event hosted by Masdar. WFES addresses the interconnected challenges that affect the widespread acceleration and adoption of sustainable development and renewable energy. Together, both IWS and WFES held during ADSW, constitute the largest gathering on sustainability in the history of the Middle East that encourages discussions and actionable outcomes.
About International Water Summit
The International Water Summit (IWS) is a unique global platform for promoting water sustainability in arid regions. IWS brings together world leaders, field experts, academia luminaries and business innovators to accelerate the development of new sustainable strategies and technologies.
Held under the patronage of H.H. General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, IWS will continue to foster innovation, best practice and collaboration to offer tangible solutions to the pressing issue of water scarcity.
Hosted by Masdar and organized by Reed Exhibitions, IWS 2015 is endorsed by the UAE Ministry of Environment and Water, Abu Dhabi Water & Electricity Authority, the Environment Agency of Abu Dhabi, the Regulation and Supervision Bureau, and Abu Dhabi Sewerage Services Company.
IWS 2015 will be held at ADNEC from 19-22 January. For more information on the 2015 edition, please visit: www.iwsabudhabi.com.
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Dec 18, 2013 14:30 HKT/SGT
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