By : Mohamed Shawky
Over the past 22 years, the Water, Energy, Technology, and Environment Exhibition (WETEX) and Dubai Solar Show (DSS) have contributed to enhancing cooperation and integration between the public and private sectors locally and globally. The exhibition plays a crucial role in increasing the private sector’s contribution to clean and renewable energy sectors as well as the environment, green buildings, and smart cities. The exhibition is an ideal forum that brings together the best experts, specialists, solution providers, investors, decision-makers, and consumers from the public and private sectors in energy, water, electricity, oil, gas, and the environment.
HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA), Founder and Chairman of WETEX and DSS, noted that WETEX and DSS partners with the public and private sector contribute effectively to consolidate the exhibition’s position in the roadmap of exhibitions specialised in electricity, water, environment, oil, gas, green buildings, and environmental sustainability worldwide. Al Tayer said that the exhibition’s success in attracting international companies from public and private sectors make it the largest of its kind in the region.
“WETEX and DSS support the fourth principle of the Eight Principles for Governance and Government in Dubai, announced by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, which states that ‘Dubai’s growth is driven by three factors: a credible, resilient and excellent government; an active, fair and open private sector; and public and government-owned flagship companies that compete globally. The exhibition supports the integrated partnerships with the private sector, which is our partner in development and in building tomorrow’s societies. This is in accordance with Dubai’s ambitions and consolidating its position as a developed model providing the convenient atmosphere to support investments,” added Al Tayer.
“The private sector is witnessing great momentum for green investments and supports the public sector’s efforts in this area. It offers advanced technologies with high quality and lower prices and supports funding eco-friendly long-term effective projects.
The private sector also promotes innovation and finding sustainable solutions for a green economy.
In Dubai and the UAE at large, the private sector’s role in implementing renewable energy projects has enhanced the country’s global position and thus attracted the largest companies and latest technologies. At DEWA, we work closely with our partners in the public and private sectors in several pioneering projects, especially the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, the largest single-site solar park in the world,” added Al Tayer.
DEWA is organising the 23rd WETEX and DSS under the directives of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and the patronage of HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy (DSCE), from 5 to 7 October 2021 at Expo 2020 Dubai. The exhibition is spread over 29,200 square metres. More than 1,200 companies from 55 countries are participating this year.
“As a national oil company aligned with the sustainability vision of our leadership, we are keen to participate in WETEX as it is a strong regional and international platform that highlights the vital issues influencing the energy sector. The event also showcases innovative solutions and best practices for the energy sector, especially to support the energy transition to renewables. As the Integrated Energy Partner of Expo 2020 Dubai, our contribution in the 23rd edition of WETEX, which will be part of this global event, is aligned with our theme “Reimagine Energy” and we will focus on educating visitors about energy trends and build dialogue around them,” said HE Saif Humaid Al Falasi, Group CEO, Emirates National Oil Company (ENOC).
“Over the past two decades, WETEX has become one of the premier global events in the water, energy, and technology sectors, and we at Siemens are honoured to be Jubilee Sponsors of the latest edition of the exhibition. Siemens is looking forward to discussing and learning from our partners and peers about the latest innovations in these sectors, and will showcase our best and most promising solutions, some of which are already in use or planned to be implemented by our partners at DEWA as well as at the Expo 2020 Dubai site itself,” said Helmut von Struve, Chief Executive Officer of Siemens in the UAE and the Middle East.
“As always, we are pleased to play a strategic role in one of the largest and most important global water, environment, and energy exhibitions led by DEWA. We are honoured to have established a robust partnership with DEWA to develop and operate vital projects that promote the sustainable development of the UAE and fortify Dubai’s position as a global hub for sustainability, all the while contributing towards Dubai’s ambitious Clean Energy Strategy 2050 to increase its renewable energy share to 75% by the year 2050.
The partnership between ACWA Power and DEWA serves as an example for successful public-private partnerships geared towards supplying energy that is reliable, responsible and cost-effective,” said Mohammad Abunayyan, Chairman of ACWA Power, commenting on the company’s participation at WETEX 2021.
“This year, in its 23rd round, WETEX is going to be more critical than ever due to the economic implications of the COVID-19 pandemic. Prioritising innovation today is key to unlocking growth – and WETEX is the ideal platform that gathers stakeholders, governments and companies who are eager to explore and reciprocate insights and visions on forward-looking smart technologies and electrification solutions for a prosperous future,” added Abunayyan.
Abunayyan also highlighted that ACWA Power’s participation in this year’s edition will highlight its efforts to lead the energy transition globally to enable the economic, social and environmental sustainability plans for countries and communities.
Hitachi ABB Power Grids
“This edition of WETEX comes at a crucial time for businesses anticipating a post-pandemic economic growth surge. This year’s physical exhibition is also a testimony of the tenacity of the UAE to tide over the pandemic and normalise the situation to pave the way for business and economic growth. This year’s focus for Hitachi ABB Power Grids will be sustainability and digitalisation, showcasing our pioneering technology and electricity solutions that will reinforce a carbon-neutral future.
Combating climate change is one of the most urgent challenges of our time, and the energy transition is key to achieving a sustainable future, where electricity will be the backbone. The solutions and services are aimed at helping customers overcome complexity, increase efficiency, and accelerate the shift towards a carbon-neutral energy future,” said Dr. Mostafa AlGuezeri, Managing Director of Hitachi ABB Power Grids for the UAE, Gulf, Near East and Pakistan.
“This year’s WETEX and Dubai Solar Show is an important platform for Masdar to showcase how advances in technology and efficiencies in manufacturing have made renewable energy more accessible and affordable for all. As a longstanding sponsor of WETEX, Masdar is proud to be supporting our partner DEWA with this event, and in its efforts in achieving the UAE’s ambitious clean energy goals,” said Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi, CEO of Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar).
“The UAE’s relentless pursuit of energy diversification has led to remarkable achievements within the renewable energy ecosystem. In particular, industrial innovation has greatly expanded the value produced by this ecosystem. Today, we are creating energy for change. Visitors to this year’s WETEX and Dubai Solar Show, as well as Expo 2020 Dubai more broadly, can see this progress first-hand—and a vision of where we are going next,” said Jamal Salem Al Dhaheri, Chairman of Ducab.
“We are pleased to be participating in WETEX, alongside the most innovative companies and organisations in our region. Water is the world’s most valuable resource, and it is no secret that the MENA region is one that is heavily dependent on desalination. We need to work together to meet the water requirements in our region and the rest of the world, in the face of the growing threat of climate change. At NEOM, we are committed to utilising the best minds and latest technology to achieve 100% recycling of wastewater, creating a smart and connected water infrastructure, and investing in innovative water solutions that benefit the world,” said Gavin van Tonder, Executive Director of Water at NEOM.
“Sustainability and technological advancements are key pillars at DP World, UAE Region. Our efforts are aligned with the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. To contribute to Emirates Green Agenda 2030 and Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050, we have consistently worked to improve energy efficiencies by utilising renewables like solar on-grid installations, IT solutions and smart operational technologies. Earlier this year, we collaborated with Etihad ESCO, a wholly-owned subsidiary of DEWA, to support us in our mission of renewable solar power installations across all DP World’s assets in the UAE.
In this regard, events like WETEX and the Dubai Solar Show have enabled us to build on our core principles and showcase cutting-edge technologies and initiatives for environmental sustainability, and are integral to serve the national cause of a sustainable future,” said Ahmad Al Haddad, Chief Operating Officer, Parks and Zones, DP World - UAE Region.
“Helping to create a smarter and more energy-efficient Dubai remains a key commitment for Honeywell. We are working with our customers to achieve the goals set out in the government’s sustainability plans and are proud to be appointed by DEWA for the next phase of the smart energy initiative. By leveraging our connected technologies, we are focused on promoting smarter electricity usage across the UAE,” said Mohammed Mohaisen, President & CEO, Honeywell Middle East, North Africa, Turkey & Central Asia.