The 3rd annual WaterWord Middle East conference & exhibition was officially opened by H.E. Suhail Mohammed Faraj Al Mazroui on Sunday 12 October 2014 with over 300 people attending the official Opening Ceremony and Ribbon Cutting. WaterWorld Middle East attracted speakers and exhibitors from 43 countries with 76.5 per cent coming from the region whilst the remaining 23.5 per cent coming from Australasia, Europe, North and Latin America. The Conference featured 38 speakers and 31 sessions.

The Abu Dhabi Sewerage Services Company (ADSSC) was the event partner for WaterWorld Middle East conference and exhibition, with Managing Director Alan Thomson delivering one of the keynote addresses followed by a technical presentation providing an update on the multi-billion dirham STEP (Strategic Tunnel Enhancement Programme) project.


Highlights of the conference include the keynote addresses from Mr. Yury Sentyurin, State Secretary – Deputy Minister of Energy of the Russian Federation, Dr. Hisham Khatib, Honorary Vice Chairman, World Energy Council, Jordan, and former Jordanian Cabinet Minister.

Other partnerships included  Etihad Airways, as the Official Airline Partner, and the Abu Dhabi Convention Bureau as the Host Destination Partner, enabling the conferences and exhibition to attract a higher international audience.


Participating at WaterWorld Middle East 2015

The WaterWorld Middle East conference and exhibition returns to Abu Dhabi in October 2015. Now in its 4th year, this important event provides a platform for the latest developments in water and wastewater technology though thought provoking conference sessions and its exhibitors’ offerings.

WaterWorld Middle East targets water and wastewater practitioners seeking solutions to address such crucial industry issues as:

• Improving efficiency
• Reducing water losses
• Increasing the re-use of wastewater in the Middle East region


WaterWorld Middle East's high level multi-track conference programme has been devised by industry practictioners showcase how the latest technology developments are being applied. As well as strategic presentations outlining various Middle East country developments, practical case studies will provide experience on how innovation is being applied and deployed.


  • Hear how international water/wastewater solutions are being implemented on a regional basis in the Middle East
  • Find out how technical water challenges in the Middle East are being overcome in the conference and see technology solutions up close in the exhibition
  • Network with utilities, consultants, plant owners and operators and water and wastewater system providers
  • Find out more about the Abu Dhabi Sewerage Services Company’s STEP (Strategic Tunnel Engineering Project) – a multi-billion Dirham programme of work to deliver improved wastewater capacity
  • Meet with local partners to find out about the latest developments in drinking water production and distribution.

This is an ideal opportunity to meet with water and wastewater professionals from around the globe under one roof.

Why not use WaterWorld Middle East to develop your business in the Middle East and North Africa region. To discuss how your organization can participate in this important event, please contact:

Roy Morris  
Exhibit / Sponsorship Sales Manager
T: +44 (0) 1992 656 613
F: +44 (0) 1992 656 700
Samantha Malcolm

Senior International Conference Manager
T: +44 (0)1992 656 619
M: + 44 (0) 77696 76755
F: +44 (0) 1992 656 700

Industry overview

Expanding populations, increasing urbanisation and improving lifestyles have all added to significant water demand. Many countries across the Middle East have renewable freshwater sources less than 1000 cubic meters/per person/per year - a level which defines "water scarcity".

Despite a limited fresh water supply, the demand for fresh water has continued to rise at a rapid pace. The agricultural sector has and continues to be a prime consumer of water - in some countries accounting for over 80% of the total annual water withdrawals.  In the municipal sector, growing population, improving lifestyles and urbanisation have increased water demand.

With a lack of groundwater and natural water sources, many Middle Eastern countries have become fully reliant on desalination for their water supplies.With strong demographic growth, urbanization, expanding economy, and growing energy intensity, as well as high temperatures and scarce water, the MENA region is experiencing marked increases in energy and electricity demand.

Why Abu Dhabi

The United Arab Emirates has always thrived to enhance its position as a global leader in doing business and as an attractive environment for business and investment opportunities.,

As the federal body mandated to drive UAE’s competitiveness globally, the Emirates Competitiveness Council’s (ECC) close collaboration with the private sector in addition to its work with the public sector, is of significant importance to the UAE’s globally competitive position and to sustaining the future prosperity of the nation.


Desalination, as it has done in the past, is expected to help meet the deficit. The MENA region (Middle East & North Africa) already plays host to nearly 50% of the total installed global desalination capacity. more>>

Water distribution/tariffs

After production water then passes to the off-taker to distribute to consumers. However water lost in leaking pipes, or through water theft, accounts to big losses for utilities around the world.

Wastewater reuse

Wastewater reuse and water recycling is going to be a major theme of WaterWorld Middle East. In the past water deficits have been met by adding additional desalination capacity. A cheaper alternative that helps bridge the gap between demand and supply is water reuse.

Water In Abu Dhabi

Spurred on by a buoyant economy and population growth, the GCC countries are looking to invest $130 billion over the next decade to meet future demand and introduce new measures to achieve long term sustainable water and energy supplies.

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