Water is the resource most affected by climate change. The finite global water resources are under stress as demands continue to mount up due to population increase and their development. The situation in arid and semi-arid regions is becoming more critical where water scarcity is escalating due to the accelerating and compounding effects of climate change. To secure water for societies, there is a dire need to make available alternative water resources of various qualities that are appropriate for different functions and a variety of users. With predictions of increasing water scarcity, the regional attention is turning towards resources that are unconventional, and hence called Non-Conventional Water Resources (NCWR).
NCWRs, such as recycled or desalinated water, treated industrial and domestic wastewater, agricultural drainage water, brackish groundwater, and water gained through water harvesting are supplementary water resources that require specialized treatment to be used as freshwater supply. A wider and more targeted use of NCWRs has the potential to close the supply and demand gap, to ensure sufficient water for sustainable societies, achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, and help Arab societies mitigate / adapt to climate change.
As our event will directly follow the COP27, the focus will be on implementing the needed climate change mitigation and adaptation measures to avoid the clearly observed, devastating climate incidents, as well as their long-term impacts. It is anticipated that COP27 will encourage an immediate mobilization of public and private investments to remove the funding barriers and execute actionable climate plans. Governments, financial institutions, private sector, and civil society need to immediately engage in a factual dialogue to implement the agreed COP27 decisions. The Arab Water Council is presenting the Non-Conventional Water Resources Convention on 20 – 22 February 2023, in Dubai (UAE) as a timely initiative and platform to bring all parties together to discuss the following issue: How, when, and where do the Arab countries embark on implementing priorities for climate action in the water sector that achieve sustainable development, reduce poverty, and improve livelihood of all Arab people?
The three-day program has an innovative format that is fast, engaging, interactive, and fosters mutual learning. The schedule is packed with business pitches, interactive sessions, panel discussions, workshops aimed at designing solutions, innovative methodologies, a world-class exhibition, and an excursion. The program puts entrepreneurs and innovators in the driving seat and is designed as an accelerator for the uptake of NCWR in the region.
The Arab Water Convention is part of a series of regional events organized by the Arab Water Council to address a specific water priority issue in the Arab region, thus responding to the region’s rapidly changing water challenges. The aim of the Arab Water Convention is to provide a regional and international platform to exchange state-of-the-art technologies, advanced applications, and successful practices on a specific water priority issue in the Arab region which is facing rapid changing water challenges. This edition is dedicated to address the non-conventional water resources (NCWR) and the wealth of emerging opportunities for business and innovation the field of water resources management has to offer. The convention will also be an exclusive opportunity to foster business connections with a wide spectrum of high-level industry executives, planners, and decision-makers from different Arab countries and international partners.
This event includes a multi-stakeholder dialogue and will offer an opportunity to promote the most efficient, adequate, and innovative technologies, exchange knowledge, share best practices, and ensure a qualified transfer of pilot experiences on emerging issues in the Arab region.
The Convention will focus on four main topics to achieve its objectives, namely: Effective Governance Frameworks; Smart NCWR-Business opportunities; Financing new Bankable NCWR-Business Opportunities; and Role of Private Sector in Promoting new NCWR-Business Opportunities. The event targets high-level decision makers, planners, academia, researchers, managers, technical experts, industrial engineers, and specialists in different disciplines of water, food, and energy nexus in a changing climate. Gender empowerment and youth participation will be an important cross-cutting component of the Convention.
The Arab Water Convention will host a two-day conference followed by a third day of site visits with strategic and interactive technical sessions to present and discuss real actions on the ground, including achievements, challenges, lessons learnt and opportunities to upscale successes, and technical site visits to witness successes and best practices on the ground.
A two-day world-class exhibition will take place in parallel to the Convention sessions showcasing the latest innovations and technologies in four key sectors: storm water management, drainage networks, irrigation systems, and wastewater treatment solutions.
Ministry of Water Resources & Irrigation
Qatar General Electricity & Water Corporation
Ministry of Water & Irrigation
Department of Water Resources Development, Ministry of Water & Electricity
Water Resources Evaluation & Continuation Dept, Ministry of Regional Municipalities & Water Resources
Water & Electricity Resources,
Electricity and Water
General Manager of
Information & Documentation Center, General Water
Ministry of Energy & Industry
International Waters and Dams,
Ministry of Water Resources
Director of Non-Conventional Water Management - Water Resources General Dept, Ministry of Agriculture
Water Transmission section,
Authority of Water and Electricity
Ministry of Water Resources
Mission at Minister's Office, Ministry of Hydraulics & Sanitation
Acting Undersecretary - Water Sector, Ministry of Water and Environment
Counselor, Ministry of Energy & Water Resources
Minister of Water Resources & Irrigation,
Minister of Housing, Utilities, and Urban Development
League of Arab States
Arab Water Council
Sudan Former Minister of Foreign Affairs
Sustainable Development & International Cooperation
Arab Ministerial Water Council
Arab Water Council
CGIAR Regional Director Central & West Asia, & North Africa, (CWANA), and Director General,
Arab Water Council
Regional Director for Water Resources, CEDARE, Arab Water Council
Senior Researcher/International Officer, Water Resources Management and Planning,
CIHEAM Bari Institute
Chief Executive Officer,
Saudi Water Partnership Company (SWPC),
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Minister of Energy
Minister Housing, Utilities and Urban Communities Ministry
Minister of State for Food and
Minister, Ministry of Electricity, Water and Renewable Energy
Minister of Water Resources
Water Resources Ministry
Ministry of Electricity &
First Undersecretary, Ministry of Water Resources (MWRI)
Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
The Convention will also bring a constantly evolving expo that confirms its position as a platform for meetings and modern solutions enabling business transactions and the presentation of new technologies.
The Arab Water Expo will be a unique opportunity for all public and private institutions and companies in the water sector and related businesses and industries, research centres, international bodies, and non-governmental organizations to present their projects, programs, and products.
The scope and areas of participation will include, but not restricted to: wastewater treatment, irrigation, drainage and stormwater, and sanitation; water levels, discharge, and quality measurements; water purification and treatment technologies; water equipment; surface and groundwater sectors; research and development; other water-related fields.
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