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15-17 January 2013, Abu Dhabi – United Arab Emirates
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15-17 January 2013, Abu Dhabi – United Arab Emirates

On January 18, 2012, His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, launched the International Water Summit as part of a far reaching sustainability vision aimed at ensuring the prosperity and welfare of mankind – not only in the United Arab Emirates, but across the world. His statement, "water is more important than oil for the UAE" was a bold and clear signal that an economy based on oil is placing water sustainability at the top of its agenda.

The UAE provides a strong example of the interconnection of energy and water in water-scarce regions. More than 70 percent of the nation’s overall water production and processing costs results from the energy required to desalinate, transport, store, forward and distribute water, demonstrating the pressing need for new approaches to water management. In 2006, the leadership of Abu Dhabi established Masdar to maintain the UAE’s energy leadership, and safeguard the longevity of its natural resources. In 2008, Masdar established the World Future Energy Summit which brings together world leaders, business executives and experts from around the globe in a collaborative effort to address world challenges, including energy and resource security.

As a natural extension of the UAE's commitment to sustainability, the new International Water Summit will be co-located with WFES in 2013. The nexus between water and energy is something world leaders are increasingly moving to the top of their agendas. Energy and water are woven into our daily lives. Generating energy requires water, and producing water uses energy. There is great scope for efficiency improvements that safeguard our precious resources and reduce our energy consumption footprint. Since the demand for these two most critical resources continues to grow more quickly than their availability, addressing the water-energy nexus at the International Water Summit is a key priority.

According to Global Water Intelligence's Global Water Market Report 2011, the global water industry is on the cusp of massive change. By 2016, the capital expenditure on water infrastructure is estimated to increase 1.5 times from US$90 billion in 2010 to US$131 billion. Driven by global trends such as urbanisation, scarcity and environmental protection, sales to industrial water users of water and wastewater treatment equipment is set to grow from US$14 billion in 2010 and expected to reach US$22 billion by 2016. $100-120 billion has been earmarked for water infrastructure projects in the GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council), mainly driven by Saudi Arabia and the UAE; and is expected to increase desalination capacity by 71% by 2016.

The first International Water Summit will gather the leading minds from the global water community in policy, business and science to accelerate the development of sustainable water solutions for arid regions. This high-level platform offers you a unique opportunity to network with global politicians, water experts and leaders from the public and private sectors over three possibility-laden days.

Global Leaders Summit – Day one’s Global Leaders Summit will be held in conjunction with WFES: providing Heads of State, international organisations, regional Ministers and world political leaders with a high-level platform for developing policy, forming partnerships and drawing up effective strategies.
International Expert Conference – The Expert Conference on days two and three will bring together water experts from all over the world to debate, share research and shape solutions for meeting the key water sustainability challenges facing arid regions.
International Exhibition – The three-day exhibition will offer business and technology providers a powerful opportunity to network and promote their solutions to key players in the international water industry, establish partnerships and explore business opportunities in the Gulf region and beyond.

International Water Summit 2013