Apr 25, 2007

Dubai to Host Combined Middle East Waste and Water Congress

From May 28-29, the first combined Middle East Waste and Water Congress focusing on quality assurance for natural resources and water will take place at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Dubai, UAE. H.E. Dr Muhammad Saeed Al Kindi, UAE minister of environment and water will inaugurate the environmental congress.

“The future of the country is contingent on our ability to manage our natural resources with maximum wisdom and keenness on the interest of future generations,” stated His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, president of the United Arab Emirates.

In emerging markets, like the Middle East region, natural reserves are depleting. In the UAE itself, residents use 500 liters of water per day while waste generation has increased dramatically. Total waste collected in the UAE in 2005 was 11.3 million tons, compared to the 6.6 million tons collected in 2003.

To counter the increase in waste, the UAE alone will invest $46 Billion over the next decade in environmental and pollution control projects. This environmental budget has been set to realize a zero waste millennium development goal and pave the way for making waste management a sustainable business proposition through heightened public-private partnerships (PPPs).

The Middle East Waste and Water Congress focusing on quality assurance for natural resources and water will serve as a platform between various organizations in the wide spectrum of environmental resource management to achieve new standards of sustainability. This will be achieved through an 8-streamed conference with specialists and practitioners and a highly structured exhibition by a selection of the people in the waste and water service provider industry.

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