Qatar General Electricity & Water Corporation ‘Kahramaa’, the Water Science and Technology Association (WSTA), and the Secretariat General of the Co-operation Council for the Arab Gulf States have jointly organised The 10th Gulf Water Conference, which begins tomorrow.
The conference takes place over three days (until April 24) at Doha’s Grand Hyatt Hotel, with the title ‘Water in the GCC States: The Water-Energy-Food Nexus’ and under the patronage of H.E. Dr Mohamed Bin Saleh Al-Sada, Qatar’s Minister of Energy and Industry on the top of Ministers list, high officials from GCC, and Arab and international water, energy, and food professionals.
Main speakers in the opening ceremony will be H.E. Dr Mohamed Bin Saleh Al-Sada Qatar’s Minister of Energy and Industry, H.E. Eng. Abdullah Bin Abdulrahman Al-Hossayen Saudi’s Minister of Water & Electricity, H.E. Dr. Abdullatif Bin Rashed Al-Zayanni, Secretary General of the Co-operation Council for the Arab Gulf States, and H.E. Eng. Essa Bin Hilal Al-Kuwari (pictured), President of Kahramaa and the conference president.
Water is, of course, vital for human survival. In the GCC countries – which are situated in one of the driest regions of the world – water management and its sustainability has grown to be one of the most important and challenging tasks to be tackled by policy and decisions makers in the GCC countries which share common economic and social growth interests.
Desert climate, limited available natural water resources, the growing demands for the water resources, the impact of fossil energy extensive use on the environment, limited food resources coupled with the huge urban and economic developments witnessed in the Gulf region created new challenges and path for improvement.
This is the overall issue to be discussed at the conference, which will concentrate on seven main topics, which are going to be presented by more than 150 Arab, GCC and international researchers, and they will be discussed by more than 50 water, food and energy related subjects, among them 25 keynote speakers in the conference sessions.
Moreover, the issue of the supply of water for domestic, agriculture, urban, industrial use is vital worldwide, and in the GCC region has a special characteristics due to its deserted nature. This conference, will discuss how supply can keep pace with demand in a sustainable and feasible way.
Water leaders, decision makers, and experts from GCC and the world will have the opportunity to meet in Doha, network and share thoughts and concerns of water resources and energy management at this conference. Over the next three days we will be looking at best practices, experiences and models of the sustainable planning and management for water, energy, and food as well as the necessary social, economic, legislative, and technical considerations. There is, evidently, much to discuss.
The 10th Gulf Water Conference attract the attention of national and international companies, at the top of them conference, Qatar National Food Security Program, as a strategic partner; Sinohydro, Qatar Electricity and Water Company, and Qatar Petroleum, as ‘platinum’ sponsors.
In addition to that, QatarGas, Qatar Building Company, HBK Contracting Co., Pegos and Qatar Cool signed in as ‘gold’ sponsors, and ABB, Torishima, Petroserv, Toray, Al Obeidly GE, Habtoor Leighton Group, Mustafawi Trading, Al Waha Contracting, Gulf House, and Amiantit Qatar Pipes Co., as ‘silver’ sponsors.
The conference lanyard is sponsored by Global Water Sustainability Center (ConocoPhilips) and Qatar Airways as the conference Official Carrier. Moreover, the conference get the attention of many local and international media house, Environment and Development magazine, Petrofinder, Utilities Middle East, Global Water Intelligence, Oxford Business Group, and Qatar Construction Sites.
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