Discover the US$7.8 bn worth of desalination projects planned for 2020

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2022 SUPPORTING PARTNERS

ABOUT THE EVENT

The 3rd MENA Desalination Projects Forum, 15-16 March, Conrad Abu Dhabi Etihad Towers, United Arab Emirates, is the largest government-endorsed regional desalination conference. It will bring together over 400 regional and international stakeholders from the government, consulting, contracting and technology sectors to discuss the way forward for the region’s desalination industry, key upcoming mega projects, and national sustainability visions driving the region’s 2030 water agendas.

The Forum will feature a world-class exhibition, technical workshops and cutting-edge conference program which will look at how the region’s leaders can overcome key challenges of water scarcity, ensure sufficient water supply for their growing population, and explore latest solutions that can enable sustainable and environment-friendly water desalination. The speaker panel will include government decision makers and international industry experts who will showcase latest technologies and global best practices and share their knowledge and expertise with the participants.

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ABOUT THE EVENT

The 3rd MENA Desalination Projects Forum, 23-24 March, Conrad Abu Dhabi Etihad Towers, United Arab Emirates, is the largest government-endorsed regional desalination conference. It will bring together over 400 regional and international stakeholders from the government, consulting, contracting and technology sectors to discuss the way forward for the region’s desalination industry, key upcoming mega projects, and national sustainability visions driving the region’s 2030 water agendas.

The Forum will feature a world-class exhibition, technical workshops and cutting-edge conference program which will look at how the region’s leaders can overcome key challenges of water scarcity, ensure sufficient water supply for their growing population, and explore latest solutions that can enable sustainable and environment-friendly water desalination. The speaker panel will include government decision makers and international industry experts who will showcase latest technologies and global best practices and share their knowledge and expertise with the participants.

2019 Awards Ceremony – Present by Taldeen

The MENA Desalination Projects advisory board has humbly presented the supporting organizations with Excellence Awards in the desalination domain,
which is a token of appreciation from the desalination community for the terrific work each entity is doing around the region to advance the sustainability agenda. The awards were presented by Dr. Christian Günther,
Executive Vice President SBU Titanium, TALDEEN.

Dr. Christian Günther,
Executive Vice President SBU Titanium,
TALDEEN

H.E. Saif Saeed Al Qubaisi,
Director General,
Department of Energy

H.E. Eng. Abdullah Nasser Alzowaid,
Deputy Governor for Operation and Maintenance,
SWCC

H.E. Mohammed Abdullah Al Mahrouqi,
Chairman,
DIAM

Mosa Al Asiri,
Director of Communication,
WEC

Eng. Iqbal Altayar,
from the Ministry of Electricity and Water Kuwait the Excellence Award

Esam Al Mulla,
Manager,
Sharjah Electricity & Water

Dr. Rifaat Abdel Wahaab,
Head of R&D,
Holding Co. for Water and Wastewater

Group picture with all winners

Eng. Iqbal Altayar,
from the Ministry of Electricity and Water Kuwait the Excellence Award

Esam Al Mulla,
Manager,
Sharjah Electricity & Water

Dr. Rifaat Abdel Wahaab,
Head of R&D,
Holding Co. for Water and Wastewater

Group picture with all winners

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2022 ADVISORS

Antonio Moreno
Regional Director,
Abengoa

Aftab Raza
CEO, FynValue – Energy, Utilities and Finance Consulting & Senior Advisor Regulatory Affairs at Department of Energy, Abu Dhabi

Dr. Corrado Sommariva
CEO,
SWPC

Charafat Afilal
Advisor and Former Minister of Water,
Moroccan National Company of Drinking Water and Sanitation

Eng Iqbal Altayer
Former Director of Technical Supervision Department,
Kuwait Ministry of Electricity and Water

Gavin Van Tonder
Water Sector Head,
Neom

Dr. Hussein El-Atfy
Secretary General, Arab Water Council (AWC)

Miguel Angel Sanz
Director of Strategic Development,
Suez International

Robert Bryniak
CEO,
Golden Sands Management Consulting

Thomas Altmann
VP – Technology & Innovation,
ACWA Power

2022 SPEAKERS

H.E. Eng. Saleh Almana
Assistant Deputy Governor for Technical Affairs and Projects, Saudi Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC), Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Eng. Khaled Al Qureshi
Chief Executive Officer, Saudi Water Partnership Company (SWPC), Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Eng. Adel Yasin
Director General of Strategic Planning Directorate, Palestinian Water Authority, Palestine

Alawi Al Jefri
Executive Managing Director, Fujairah Asia Power Company (FAPCO), United Arab Emirates

Aftab Raza
CEO, FynValue – Energy, Utilities and Finance Consulting & Senior Advisor Regulatory Affairs at Department of Energy, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Eng. Ahmad M. Al Azemi
Renewable Specialist, Ministry of Electricity and Water and Renewable Energy, Kuwait

Antonio Moreno
Regional Director, Abengoa, United Arab Emirates

Ahmad Mohammed
Head of Desalination, WSP, Bahrain

Dr. Amgad Elmahdi
Head of MENA Region, International Water Management Institute, Egypt

Dr. Ali Ghanim
Director of Drought Management Unit and Water, Ministry of Water and Irrigation, Egypt

Abdullah Bhayo
Project Director, Worley & Jacobs Construction, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Bruce Smith
Director of Forecasting and Planning – Water & Power, Emirates Water and Electricity Company, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Charafat Afilal
Advisor and Former Minister of Water, Moroccan National Company of Drinking Water and Sanitation, Morocco

Corrado Sommariva
Chief Executive Officer, Sustainable Water and Power Consultants (SWPC), United Arab Emirates

Dr. Hussein El-Atfy
Secretary General, Arab Water Council (AWC), Egypt

Hammou Laamrani
Senior Expert for Water, Energy, Food Security and Climate Change Nexus – Economic Sector, League of Arab States (LAS), Iraq

Dr. Hana’a Muheisen
Head of Research and Development section, Water Authority of Jordan, Jordan

Julio De La Rosa Jurado
ME Managing Director, Acciona Agua, United Arab Emirates

Eng. Khalid Abdulaziz Almailabi
Head Section of Plants Operations, National Water Company (NWC), Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Luay Khdeir
Water Sector Leader and Regional Development Director, Mott MacDonald, United Arab Emirates

Dr. Mohamed Dawoud
Advisor for Water Resources, Environment Quality, Abu Dhabi Environment Agency, United Arab Emirates

Marouan El Khattabi
Middle East Director, GS Inima Environment, United Arab Emirates

Patrick Thienpont
Chief Executive Officer, Barka Desalination Company SAOC, Oman

Prof. Rifaat Abdul Wahab
Head of Sector, Research & Development (R & D), Holding Company for Water & Wastewater (HCWW), Egypt

Refaat bani Khalaf
Director, Water Authority of Jordan, Jordan

Roberto Mangano
Managing Director, ILF Consulting Engineers, United Arab Emirates

Robert Garner
Director, NEOM, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Dr. Tarik Hamane
Managing Director Development & Member of Executive Committee, Masen, Morocco

Eng. Tariq Alghaffari
Local Competencies Project Manager, Saudi Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC), Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Thomas Altmann
VP – Technology & Innovation, ACWA Power

AGENDA
Time
Activity
08:00 Registration and Refreshments
09:00 Opening remarks by the organiser – Great Minds Group
09:05 Chairman’s welcome and opening remarks
SESSION 1 – Looking at the desalination landscape in the MENA region
09:15 Opening keynote session
09:35 Opening panel discussion: Overview of the market dynamics to understand the status of desalination in the MENA region

  • Discussing key project strategies and vision in the Middle East region
  • Exploring the region’s investment plans in water desalination sector
  • Analysing in the rising concerns of water scarcity and how desalination is paving the way to meet water demands
  • Identifying key policies, initiatives, and collaborations on water desalination to overcome scarcity challenges
  • Achieving social, economic, and environmental goals through a sustainable water strategy

Panelists:

  • Eng. Khaled Al Qureshi – Chief Executive Officer, Saudi Water Partnership Company (SWPC), Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
  • Eng. Adel Yasin – Director General of Strategic Planning Directorate, Palestinian Water Authority, Palestine
  • Alawi Al Jefri – Executive Managing Director, Fujairah Asia Power Company (FAPCO), United Arab Emirates
  • Essam Al Bishi – Head of Artificial Intelligence Unit Saudi Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC), Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Moderator:

  • Dr. Hussein El-Atfy – Secretary General, Arab Water Council (AWC), Egypt
SESSION 2 – Exploring latest water desalination technology applications
10:20 Innovation showcase session 1
This session will highlight latest technologies in the Desalination sector. The session consists of 15-minute presentation from an expert in the industry who will provide insights and case studies on the successful application of a variety of advanced and innovative Desalination technologies.
10:35 Panel discussion two: EPC session – Role of desalination technologies in an increasingly water-scarce economy

  • Identifying new solutions that can lower energy consumption and improve efficiency (such as biomimetic membranes with aquaporin structure and cellulose nanofibers)
  • Analysing different technologies (MSF, MVC, RO, MED, TVC, MD, SC, HDH, SSD etc) to understand the important process in freshwater production
  • Exploring digital technologies that can increase the efficiency of water treatment plants
  • Analysing cost differences between thermal technologies (which are most capital-intensive) and SWRO
  • Understanding multiple improvements in the membrane technology in hybrid systems

Panelists:

  • Julio De La Rosa Jurado – ME Managing Director, Acciona Agua, United Arab Emirates
  • Luay Khdeir – Water Sector Leader and Regional Development Director, Mott MacDonald, United Arab Emirates
  • Patrick Thienpont – Chief Executive Officer, Barka Desalination Company SAOC, Oman

Moderator:

  • Corrado Sommariva – Chief Executive Officer, Sustainable Water and Power Consultants (SWPC), United Arab Emirates
11:20 Innovation showcase session 2 – Reserved for FEDCO
This session will highlight latest technologies in the Desalination sector. The session consists of 15-minute presentation from an expert in the industry who will provide insights and case studies on the successful application of a variety of advanced and innovative Desalination technologies.
11:35 Networking Coffee Break
12:05 Project case studies: Privatisation of desalination projects in the GCC countries and key project showcases

  • Discussing the rise in IWP and its role in leading to generation of new opportunities for developers, lenders, and stakeholders
  • Looking at game changing projects that have paved the way for future water sector restructuring
  • Understanding how privatisation helps authorities commercialize projects and increase efficiency

Panelists:

  • Abdullah Bhayo – Project Director, Worley & Jacobs Construction, United Arab Emirates
  • Antonio Moreno – Regional Director, Abengoa, United Arab Emirates
  • Robert Garner – Director of Water, NEOM, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
  • Thomas Altmann – Vice President Technology & Innovation, ACWA Power, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
12:45 Innovation showcase session 3 Reserved for Saudi Amiantit
This session will highlight latest technologies in the Desalination sector. The session consists of 15-minute presentation from an expert in the industry who will provide insights and case studies on the successful application of a variety of advanced and innovative Desalination technologies.
13:00 Panel discussion three: Identifying the potential of renewable energy resources in sustainability of water desalination as a fresh water source

  • Looking at the trends and types of renewable water desalination technologies
  • Exploring water demands (potable demand, industrial demand, and agriculture demand) in renewable energy desalination
  • Evaluating the potential of water desalination and distribution for load shifting in an off-grid remote energy system
  • Understanding coupling PV and CSP with RO and MED plants to minimize the cost and maximize the RE penetration

Panelists:

  • Eng. Khalid Abdulaziz Almailabi – Director for Section of Plants Operations, National Water Company (NWC), Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
  • Eng. Ahmad M. Al Azemi – Renewable Specialist, Ministry of Water, Kuwait
  • Prof. Rifaat Abdul Wahab – Head of Sector, Research & Development (R & D) and Chairman of Board, Holding Company for Water & Wastewater (HCWW), Egypt

Moderator:

  • Roberto Mangano – Managing Director, ILF Consulting Engineers, United Arab Emirates
13:45 Innovation showcase session 4 – Reserved for Nanostone
This session will highlight latest technologies in the Desalination sector. The session consists of 15-minute presentation from an expert in the industry who will provide insights and case studies on the successful application of a variety of advanced and innovative Desalination technologies.
14:00 Presentation 1 – Optimising water desalination as an alternative source of water for irrigation, food production etc.

  • Enhancing the production process to augment desalinated water production for agricultural purpose
  • Identifying how you can select a suitable technology based on your water quality requirement for crops
  • Policies and regulations in desalination of seawater for food production

Speaker:

  • Dr. Mohamed Dawoud – Advisor for Water Resources, Environment Quality, Abu Dhabi Environment Agency, United Arab Emirates
14:15 Innovation showcase session 5 – Reserved for Arflu
This session will highlight latest technologies in the Desalination sector. The session consists of 15-minute presentation from an expert in the industry who will provide insights and case studies on the successful application of a variety of advanced and innovative Desalination technologies.
14:30 Chairman’s closing remarks
14:40 Networking lunch and end of conference day one
Time
Activity
08:00 Registration and refreshments
09:00 Chairman’s welcome and opening remarks
SESSION 3 – Review on the emerging desalination technologies and their future
09:15 Opening Keynote session – Eng. Khaled Al Qureshi – Chief Executive Officer, Saudi Water Partnership Company (SWPC), Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
09:30 Panel discussion one: Discussing innovative and advanced research techniques in desalination

  • Evaluating feedwater intake technology and its impact
  • Discussing innovations in pre-treatment and anti-fouling technologies
  • Identifying halophytes with commercial value that can be grown in lined facilities irrigated with RO brines
  • Role of treatment and process operation modifications to enhance the performance and reliability of secondary, tertiary, and advanced treatment systems

Panelists:

  • Dr. Ali Ghanim – Director of Drought Management Unit and Water, Ministry of Water, and Irrigation – Egypt
  • Bruce Smith – Director of Forecasting and Planning – Water & Power, Emirates Water and Electricity Company, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
  • Dr. Tarik Hamane – Managing Director Development and Member of Executive Committee, Masen, Morocco
  • Marouan El Khattabi – Middle East Director GS Inima Environment, United Arab Emirates

Moderator:

  • Ahmad Mohammed – Head of Desalination, WSP, Bahrain
10:15 Innovation showcase session 1 – Reserved for Entegris
This session will highlight latest technologies in the Desalination sector. The session consists of 15-minute presentation from an expert in the industry who will provide insights and case studies on the successful application of a variety of advanced and innovative Desalination technologies.
10:30 Networking coffee break
11:00 Presentation 1 – Updates on the development of EWEC water expansion plans
Speaker:

  • Bruce Smith – Director of Forecasting and Planning – Water & Power, Emirates Water and Electricity Company, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
11:15 Innovation showcase session 2 – Reserved for Danfoss
This session will highlight latest technologies in the Desalination sector. The session consists of 15-minute presentation from an expert in the industry who will provide insights and case studies on the successful application of a variety of advanced and innovative Desalination technologies.
11:30 Country-focused project briefings
Experts from key countries in the MENA region to brief on the latest and upcoming water desalination projects in the region and related investments

  • Kingdom of Saudi Arabia – Eng. Tariq Alghaffari, Local Competencies Project Manager, Saudi Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC)
  • Jordan – Refaat Bani Khalaf – Director, Water Authority of Jordan
  • Morocco – Charafat Afilal – Advisor and Former Minister of Water, Moroccan National Company of Drinking Water and Sanitation
12:15 Innovation showcase session 3 – Reserved for Fluytec
This session will highlight latest technologies in the Desalination sector. The session consists of 15-minute presentation from an expert in the industry who will provide insights and case studies on the successful application of a variety of advanced and innovative Desalination technologies.
12:30 Panel discussion two:Advancing desalination techniques using digitalisation of processes for increased efficiency and commerciality

  • Discussing automation of desalination plants with the most effective technologies
  • Exploring industrial communication and security technologies that are in line with compliance
  • Understanding how digital twin integrates water data and business processes in the seawater desalination plant
  • Identifying the top and most effective digital water management technologies in the region
  • Looking at process instrumentation and liquid analytics system for guaranteed water quality

Panelists:

  • Dr. Hana’a Muheisen – Head of Research and Development section, Water Authority of Jordan, Jordan
  • Robert Garner – Director of Water, NEOM, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
  • Eng. Tariq Alghaffari – Local Competencies Project Manager, Saudi Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC), Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Moderator:

  • Dr. Tarik Hamane – Managing Director Development and Member of Executive Committee, Masen, Morocco
13:15 Innovation showcase session 4
This session will highlight latest technologies in the Desalination sector. The session consists of 15-minute presentation from an expert in the industry who will provide insights and case studies on the successful application of a variety of advanced and innovative Desalination technologies.
13:30 Presentation 2 – Financing and investment to support advancement and development of desalination technologies

  • Discussing the level of involvement of the private sector (risk exposure and investment bar)
  • Understanding the impact of regulations and plant compliance procedures on new technologies investments
  • Exploring available financing solutions in innovative desalination techniques

Speaker:

  • Aftab Raza – CEO, FynValue – Energy, Utilities and Finance Consulting & Senior Advisor Regulatory Affairs at Department of Energy, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
13:45 Chairman closing remarks
14:00 Networking lunch and end of conference

WHY GET INVOLVED

Get in front of your target market

Get access to key stakeholders involved with ongoing and upcoming water projects in their respective countries

Gain project insights

Get first-hand details on timelines and requirements of current desalination projects from across the region and spot opportunities

Raise your brand awareness

Opportunity to position your brand as one of the leading desalination service providers to help stakeholders and project owners overcome the key issues in water management

Increase your competitiveness

Learn about the latest challenges faced by the region’s water management authorities and identify how you can provide them with customized solutions to help overcome these challenges

Generate strong leads

Learn about desalination requirements of the top entities across the MENA region and influence decision makers to stand a chance of being shortlisted for their upcoming projects in their regions

2022 SPONSORS

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Partnership Opportunities

We are looking for seawater intake and outfall systems, reverse osmosis & membranes, filtration, energy efficiency/energy consumption, chemicals/water additives, pre-treatment systems & post-treatment system, services to reduce capex/opex, boilers (groundwater, hazard, & risk) that can contribute to the desalination plants requirements in the Middle East. If you believe you have what we are looking for, please contact us at
partnerships@gmevents.ae or call + 971 4 568 7800

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