WETEX 2018 opens tomorrow and will highlight the latest sustainable solutions
More than 2,100 global companies to showcase the latest technologies and best green solutions in water, energy, and the environment at the event, to be held in Dubai this month
The 20th edition of the Water, Energy, Technology and Environment Exhibition (WETEX) the largest exhibition of its kind in the region, opens tomorrow and runs up to Thursday 25 October at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre.
The exhibition is being held as part of the fifth Green Week under the directives of His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and under the patronage of Shaikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, UAE Minister of Finance, and President of DEWA.
Occupying an area of over 78,000 square metres, the current edition of WETEX operates under the theme, ‘At the forefront of sustainability’ and will feature close to 2,100 exhibitors representing more than 53 countries from around the world.
Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) and Founder and Chairman of WETEX, urged all citizens, residents, and visitors in the UAE to participate in the exhibition.
“DEWA organises WETEX every year for the green transformation and sustainable development of Dubai and the UAE, according to the vision of His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. Through this leading global event, we will engage with key stakeholders so that we can build a sustainable country, preserve the environment, protect our natural resources, adopt green techniques, and use clean energy.
“WETEX specialises in traditional and renewable energy, water, sustainability, technology, green development, and other related issues, and will consolidate the status of Dubai and the UAE as a world leader in green economy and sustainable development.”
Since its debut two decades ago, WETEX has successfully transformed into one of the world’s largest exhibitions, providing a global platform to companies and enterprises involved in water, energy, environment, oil and gas, and related sectors.
The participating companies are expected to showcase their techniques, projects, solutions, and green products as well as meet with international decision makers, buyers, and investors to promote their renewable and clean energy projects in the region and the world.
“We are confident that we will see an overwhelming turnout this year. During the previous edition, we witnessed a substantial number of sponsors, exhibitors, and participants from all over the world,” says Al Tayer.
“We aim to reinforce national and global sustainability efforts in support of the United Nation’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to be achieved by 2030; UAE Centennial 2071; and UAE Vision 2021,” says Al Tayer.
“We hope to contribute to the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050, to make Dubai a global hub for clean energy and a green economy, by providing 7 per cent of Dubai’s total power output from clean resources by 2020; 25 per cent by 2030; and 75 per cent by 2050. We also support the Dubai Demand Side Management Strategy 2030, aiming to reduce energy and water consumption by 30 per cent by 2030,” Al Tayer adds.
WETEX 2018 will coincide with the fifth World Green Economy Summit (WGES 2018) and the third Dubai Solar Show, both of which will feature leading international speakers and experts on green economy, smart cities, innovation, and sustainable development.
The Dubai Solar Show that will cover up to 14,000 square metres has become a leading global event and is considered a key platform for both the government and private sector to conduct deals, build partnerships, understand the latest advances in the solar energy sector, study existing and future regional projects, explore market needs, and maximise opportunities through these projects and programmes.