IWS 2014 will be held Jan. 20 to 22 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre during the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week
Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority (ADWEA) announced 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, Jan. 20 to 22 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre during the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week.
More than 5,000 attendees and nearly 200 companies representing 20 countries are expected to attend IWS 2014. Building on the success of the inaugural IWS, the second edition of IWS is set to occupy an extra 25% of exhibition space and will continue to play a 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 practices, collaborate and explore business opportunities on an international level. With an estimated investment of more than $300 billion in GCC water sustainability infrastructure projects from 2012 to 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."
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 4,700 participants from 75 countries, contributing to the Middle East's effort in seeking innovative solutions to water-scarcity problems in arid regions globally.