WETEX 2012 kicks off tomorrow in Dubai
Top water, energy and environment exhibition to get under way in UAE
The Middle East's largest Water, Energy, and Environment Exhibition 2012 (WETEX) event kicks off tomorrow in Dubai.
The exhibition will take place from 13th to 15th March at Zabeel Hall and Halls 1, 2, 3 and 4 at Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre.
The 14th outing of WETEX will be the largest yet in terms of numbers of participants, categories and activities and events related to energy, water, environment, renewable sources of energy, conservation and many other important matters in these fields. Tomorrow's exhibition will cover a total area of 33,000 square meters, an increase of 10,000 square meters in comparison to the 2011 exhibition, which was 23,000 square meters. More than 12,000 visitors are expected this year with participation from about 1,000 local and international companies and organizations from over 31 countries.
“This year’s exhibition will be the 14th one in a row and has established itself a good reputation as an ideal platform to showcase and address important matters in water conservation, protecting natural resources and sustainable development. Participating companies seek to showcase their state-of-the-art technologies and solutions in electricity and water. This exhibition is an ideal opportunity for participants to display their technologies as it has become one of the most prominent exhibitions hosted by Dubai; to highlight Dubai’s global position as a hub for finance, business and tourism,” said HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Vice Chairman of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, MD & CEO of DEWA and Chairman of the Higher Organizing Committee of WETEX, at a recent press event.
“Energy industry observers and commentators know that there are growing concerns in the region in general, and especially in our country. I would like to announce that next year’s WETEX 2013 will be held simultaneously with Dubai Global Energy Forum 2013. This year’s exhibition has become a platform for top manufacturers, decision makers, executives and brand owners. This will provide an ideal opportunity to develop new partnerships and promote existing business relations. Furthermore, participants can showcase their latest developments and technologies in the field of energy to implement international energy solutions to meet the ever-increasing demand for energy, to promote economic development, conserve our natural resources and protect the environment.”
“I would like to point out that this forthcoming exhibition is particularly noteworthy, as it will see the inclusion of fuel and gas technology companies participating for the first time. These activities will include oil and gas companies’ exploration, drilling, production, refinement, distribution, transportation and exports as well as all other related activities. Also, there will be considerable focus on advanced and professional technologies in the field of energy; including fossil fuels, nuclear and renewable energy generation, and highly-efficient and reliable smart grids,” added His Excellency.
“His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has always paid great attention to the UAE’s environment, calling for adopting best practices in different businesses and different daily walks of life, to conserve natural resources. In this context, His Highness launched last January a long-term national initiative to build a green economy in the UAE under the theme “Green Economy for Sustainable Development.” Through this initiative, the UAE aims to be a global pioneer in this field and a hub for exporting and re-exporting green products and technologies, as well as achieving a sustainable environment that supports long-term economic growth. To achieve this initiative, DEWA organized SmarTech for the second year running as a concurrent event with WETEX. This includes development and promotion of green technology, and its first phase of its implementation includes carbon capture and conversion of waste into energy to instill the concept of conservation of energy and water consumption; thereby preventing our resources being wasted and protecting our environment from pollution.”
“The Dubai Integrated Energy Strategy 2030, which was declared in 2011, falls in line with the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, to set Dubai’s strategic direction to ensure energy supply and enhance the efficiency of demand for electricity, water and fuel. This strategy includes a plan to diversify energy sources so that renewable sources of energy provide 1% of Dubai’s total energy by 2020. By 2030, renewable energy power generation will reach 5%, with 12% from nuclear energy, 12% from clean coal and the remainder from gas. Moreover, the strategy will implement the measures of reducing energy demand, assessing its consumption, enhancing its efficiency, identifying areas of high consumption, and applying and assessing technologies for reducing demand for electricity, water and fuel,” added His Excellency.
“In conclusion, I would like to thank the strategic, platinum, gold and media sponsors of this important industrial event. I would like also to thank members of the Organizing Committee at DEWA and all the media for their great support to make this exhibition a real success,” concluded His Excellency.
DEWA has decided that there will be no charges or fees for visitors of the exhibition: so as to provide the opportunity for as many people as possible to look at the displays and information, including conserving water and electricity consumption to preserve Dubai’s natural resources. This will benefit not only organizations and companies but also visitors of the Exhibition. DEWA has updated the Exhibition’s website www.wetex.ae, which has easy access to relevant information. Also, the website holds detailed information on the Exhibition supported by illustrations and details about registration.