DUBAI, 1st September, 2022 (WAM) — The Water, Energy, Technology and Environment Show (WETEX) and Dubai Solar Show (DSS) are seeing growing attendance from exhibitors, sponsors and investors from GCC countries.

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) is organizing the 24th WETEX and Dubai Solar Show 2022 from September 27 to 29 at the Dubai World Trade Centre.

During WETEX and DSS, exhibitors, sponsors and investors from GCC countries seek to learn about the latest technologies, innovative solutions and investment opportunities for clean and renewable energy, water, green economy, smart cities and sustainability. This helps them keep pace with the growing demand for clean, renewable energy in the region. This is in line with national strategies of GCC countries, which focus on diversifying the economy and reducing dependence on oil and gas, reducing energy and water consumption and emissions, to achieve carbon neutrality and the 17 United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This reinforces the efforts of the Gulf countries to help the international community to mitigate the impacts of climate change.

Green energy projects and investments are very popular in the Persian Gulf region, thanks to many incentives and encouraging factors, including competitive prices, investor confidence, strategic advantages of entering promising markets and increased investments. in the value chain. This chain includes project developers, manufacturers, research and development and innovation initiatives, abundant renewable energy sources (solar and wind), and proactive regulatory and legislative frameworks.

WETEX and DSS is the largest exhibition of its kind in the region and one of the most important international exhibitions specializing in water, electricity, energy, environment, oil and gas, energies renewables and environmental sustainability.

WETEX has become an important platform for green solutions and an expected forum for institutions and companies from the region and the world to promote their products and services as well as to review the latest technologies. The exhibition is a meeting point for experts, specialists and other relevant people to exchange best practices and experiences. It promotes collaboration and integration between the public and private sectors locally and globally.

WETEX and DSS 2021 have attracted many Saudi sponsors and companies specializing in green investments, clean and renewable energy investments. Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Investment and the giant Neom project, as well as several Saudi companies specializing in the energy, environment and water sectors, were part of the Saudi pavilion at the exhibition. Numerous companies and sponsors from Bahrain, Kuwait and Oman participated, in addition to the United Arab Emirates, the host country. More than 1,200 companies from 55 countries participated in the exhibition, which was held at the Dubai Exhibition Center at Expo 2020 Dubai and attracted 45,506 visitors from around the world.

Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of DEWA, ​​Founder and Chairman of WETEX and DSS, said: “WETEX and DSS reflect Dubai’s willingness and interest in supporting regional and global efforts to increase energy dependence. renewables and promote sustainability in line with the vision. President His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan; and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Governor of Dubai, in promoting sustainable development in the United Arab Emirates and consolidating Dubai’s position as a global hub for a green economy.

“This is part of the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 and Dubai Net Zero Carbon Emissions Strategy 2050 framework to provide 100% of Dubai’s total energy capacity from clean energy sources by 2050. We have world-leading international projects in Dubai to achieve the vision of thought leadership, including the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, the largest single-site solar park in the world, using the Independent Power Producer (IPP) model and which will have a generating capacity of 5,000 megawatts MW by 2030, with a total investment of AED50 billion When completed, the solar park will reduce over 6.5 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions per year .

“We also launched pioneering initiatives and projects that included all clean and renewable energy technologies in Dubai, such as photovoltaic solar panel technology, concentrated solar power (CSP), green hydrogen generation at using renewable energy, a hydroelectric power station in Hatta and a feasibility study study for the production of electricity from wind energy in Hatta Thanks to the IPP model, Dubai has achieved world-class results, thus making Dubai a global benchmark for solar power prices,” Al Tayer added.

Abdullah Al Abdul Karim, Governor of the Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC), said WETEX and the Dubai Solar Show provide valuable opportunities to strengthen regional and global efforts to discuss the huge economic opportunities in the areas of clean energy and adopt its innovative technologies. Solar energy represents one of the most abundant, sustainable and inexpensive sources of renewable energy, which, in turn, will support efforts to achieve a sustainable future. Al Abdul Karim pointed out that SWCC has spared no effort to adopt the latest technologies of the fourth industrial revolution to provide a model for improving sustainability, based on its leading position in the desalination industry in the world. .

He also drew attention to the implementation of a number of solar energy initiatives and projects in the Kingdom, including the Al-Khafji desalination plant using advanced reverse osmosis technology. , with an expandable production capacity of approximately 90,000 cubic meters of desalinated water per day. He affirmed the economic impact of this project and its contribution to reducing costs, increasing water production and reducing carbon emissions. This is in line with the goals of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 and the achievement of the Kingdom’s strategy to achieve zero carbon emissions by 2060.

“We are proud to be a strategic sponsor of WETEX & Dubai Solar Show every year. In this way, we contribute as an active partner of the most important exhibition of its kind in the region. At the same time, we expect to receive a wide range of benefits that will help advance our business as a leader in cable manufacturing,” said Borjan Sehovac, CEO of Riyadh Cables Group – Saudi Arabia.

“WETEX and the Dubai Solar Show regularly top our list of attending annual events, as well as sponsoring the event. These events will make everyone aware of the critical importance of taking care of our resources. natural resources and using them to generate electricity, and making tremendous efforts to preserve and enhance the country’s natural resources while improving the quality of life for all,” said Bassam Naes, Group Marketing Director, National Cables Industry – UAE.

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