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GCC’s $80 Billion investment in Water Sustainability

UAE Water Security Strategy 2036 and Saudi’s Qatrah Initiative illustrate shift from Desalination to Water Demand and Reuse

Water demand is rapidly rising throughout the world, from India to South Africa, and especially across the GCC the GCC’s water demand is set to increase by 62% by 2025 the UAE Water Security Strategy 2036 aims to reduce water demand by 21% and increase reuse of treated water by 95%

Water Expo & Forum at World Future Energy Summit to Showcase Water Tech, and Bring Together Regional and Global Customers and Investors;

Abu Dhabi Sewerage Services Company, as the Water Expo Strategic Partner, will Showcase UAE Government Innovations in Water Sustainability

The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)’s $80 billion investment in world-leading water and wastewater sustainability initiatives, will take centre stage at the Water Expo & Forum, part of the World Future Energy Summit 2020 in Abu Dhabi.  

Water demand is rapidly rising throughout the world, from India to South Africa, and especially across the GCC, because of factors such as growth in population, urbanisation, agricultural and industrial projects, and real estate development. As a result, a recent report by MEED Insights shows that the GCC’s water demand is set to increase by 62% by 2025, and GCC countries are investing $80 billion in water and wastewater projects.

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Strategies are being rolled out across the GCC to conserve and reuse water resources. For example, the UAE Water Security Strategy 2036 aims to reduce water demand by 21% and increase reuse of treated water by 95%. Similarly, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s Qatrah initiative plans to cut daily per capita water consumption by nearly half from 263 litres to 150 litres by 2030. One of the biggest sectors for water sustainability is agriculture, which is responsible for 82 percent of the Kingdom’s non-renewable water consumption.

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The event will be supported by the Strategic Partnership of the Abu Dhabi Sewerage Services Company, which is the government agency that safely collects, treats, disposes, and recycles wastewater from residential and commercial customers.

The World Future Energy Summit, hosted by Masdar and part of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, will be held at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC), from 13-16 January 2020. The largest event of its type in the Middle East and among the largest in the world, the World Future Energy Summit attracted about 800 exhibitors and 33,500 attendees in 2019.