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

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.

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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

Dr. Corrado Sommariva
CEO,
SWPC

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

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

Gavin Van Tonder
Water Sector Head,
Neom

Miguel Angel Sanz
Director of Strategic Development,
Suez International

Robert Bryniak
CEO,
Golden Sands Management Consulting

Thomas Altmann
VP – Technology & Innovation,
ACWA Power

2021 SPEAKERS

AGENDA
Time
Activity
09:00 Registration and Refreshments
10:00 Opening remarks by the organiser – Great Minds Group

  • Asmae Hamidi, Head of Production, Great Minds Group
10:05 Chairman’s welcome and opening remarks
Dr. Corrado Sommariva, CEO & Founder, Sustainable Water & Power Consultants
Overview of the water landscape in the MENA region
10:15 Opening keynote address

  • Eng. Abdullah Al Zowaid, Deputy Governor for Production & Transport, Saline Water Conversion Corporation – SWCC – Virtually
10:30 Opening Panel discussion: MENA 2050 – Promoting effective stewardship of water resources

  • The role of PPPs: Buffering costs for mega desalination projects
  • By 2050, the water demand gap is projected to grow fivefold. How can we promote a more conscious usage of water in the region?
  • Augmentation of water supplies: reducing unsustainable groundwater mining in the region
  • Integrating future technologies (AI, ML..etc) in desalination plants to increase efficiency
  • What role can research and development play in improving drinking water production and increasing supply?

Moderator:

  • Dr. Corrado Sommariva, CEO & Founder, Sustainable Water & Power Consultants

Panelists:

  • Eng. Ahmad M. Alazemi, Private-Sector Projects Department, Undersecretary Sector, Ministry of Electricity and Water, Kuwait
  • Thomas Altmann, VP – Technology & Innovation, ACWA Power
  • Dr. Mohamed Abdel Hamyd Dawoud, Advisor – Water Resources, Environment Quality, Abu Dhabi Environment Agency – Virtually
Sustainable desalination
11:15 Project Spotligt: NEOM desalination project overview: Greenfield development of water supply system

  • Status of NEOM Water supply
  • Strategy for supplying water in NEOM
  • Desalination Strategy for NEOM
  • Brine Treatment in NEOM

Speaker:

  • Gavin Van Tonder, Water Sector Head, NEOM – Virtually
  • Robert Garner, Director (Water Supply), Water, NEOM – Virtually
11:45 Efficient pretreatment in desalination, advanced Tecexsa high-rate DAF experiences
Speaker:

  • Ignacio Zuniga, Commercial Director, Tecexsa – Virtually
12:05 Networking Coffee Break
12:30 Integrated carbon capture and utilization (CCU) with RO seawater desalination
Speaker:

  • Thomas Altmann, VP – Technology & Innovation, ACWA Power
13:00 Panel discussion three: Alternative energy and emerging technologies for sustainable desalination
Panelists:

  • Eng. Iqbal Altayar, Director of Technical Supervision Department, Ministry of Electricity & Water Kuwait
  • Jesus Ortiz Mingo, Business Development Manager (Middle East), Acciona
  • Maruan El Khattabi, ME Director, GS Inima Environment – Virtually
  • Imteyaz Ahmad, Desalination Expert – Virtually
  • Miguel Angel Sanz, Director of Strategic Development, Suez International – Virtually
13:45 Design considerations for high flow rate cartridge filtration applications in desalination
Speaker:

  • Gilbert Parry, Director, Water Treatment Market, Entegris
14:05 Renewable Desalination
Speaker:

  • Antonio Moreno, Regional Director, Abengoa – Virtually
14:25 Chairman’s closing remarks
14:15 Networking lunch and end of conference day one
Time
Activity
09:30 Registration and Refreshments
10:30 Chairman’s welcome and opening remarks: Sustainable water development in the region – Ideas and initiatives

Dr. Corrado Sommariva, CEO & Founder, Sustainable Water & Power Consultants

Financing desalination projects
10:40 Panel discussion one: PPP financing in water desalination infrastructure

  • Achieving the 6th Sustainable Development Goal: ensuring water access and mitigating water scarcity in the region
  • Creating the recipe for success: shaping robust regulatory frameworks

Panelists:

  • Eng. Ahmad M. Alazemi, Private-Sector Projects Department, Undersecretary Sector, Ministry of Electricity and Water, Kuwait
  • Keith Bullen, Partner, Project Development & Finance, DLA Piper
  • Robert Bryniak, CEO, Golden Sands Management Consulting

Moderator:

  • Dr. Corrado Sommariva, Chief Executive Officer, SWPC
11:25 Improved economics and reliability for SWRO pretreatment operations using novel ceramic filtration technology

  • Optimizing capital investment and footprint through innovative pretreatment system design
  • Ensuring reliable operations during challenging algal blooms and suspended solid excursions
  • Reducing operating and lifecycle costs through streamlined pretreatment operations

Speaker:
Aatman Shah, Business Development Director, Nanostone

11:45 Networking coffee break
12:15 Panel discussion two: Efficient desalination project planning and execution

  • Improving energy efficiency in water treatment
  • Exploring the key challenges faced and solution to overcome them
  • Meeting environmental standards and regulations

Moderator:

  • Robert Bryniak, CEO, Golden Sands Management Consulting

Panelists:

  • Adel Aboujaoude, Operations Director, Jacobs – Virtually
  • Luay Khdeir, Water Sector Leader and Regional Development Director, Mott Macdonald
  • Dr. Nour Homsi, Project Manager and Senior Desalination Specialist, Fichtner
13:00 Closing keynote panel: country briefings

  • Water desalination roadmap and opportunities in United Arab Emirates
  • Current desalination opportunities in Kuwait
  • 2030 water desalination roadmap and opportunities in Morocco
  • Water desalination roadmap and opportunities in Egypt

Speakers:

  • Charafat Afailal, Advisor and Former Minister of Water, National Company of Drinking Water and Sanitation – Virtually
  • Eng. Iqbal Altayar, Director of Technical Supervision Department, Ministry of Electricity & Water Kuwait
  • Simon Arthur, Senior System Generation Engineer, Emirates Water and Electricity Company (EWEC)

Moderator:

  • Dr. Corrado Sommariva, Chief Executive Officer, SWPC
13:00 Chairman closing remarks
13:15 Networking lunch and end of conference

WHO WILL ATTEND IN 2021

Delegates and industry leaders that attended the MENA Desalination Projects in 2021 included the key government stakeholders, EPC contractors, consultants, and solution providers regionally, such as:

Abengoa Abu Dhabi Environment Agency Acciona ACWA Power
ADSSC Advanced Watertek Advanced Watertek Aerzen Gulf LLC
AFFCO Flow Control Al Ain University – Abu Dhabi Campus Alucor Limited ANDRITZ AG
ANT Engineering Consultants Artelia Arti Project Azud
Bernard Controls BESIX BMC Gulf Brother Filtration
Chemey Mechatronics LLP Consolidated Contractors Company Crane MEA FZE Department of Energy – Abu Dhabi
DinarStandard DLA Piper Doosan Dubai Electricity and Water Authority – DEWA
Emarat Aloula Group Emirates Airlines Emirates Water and Electricity Company (EWEC) ENGIE
Entegris Enugu Electricity Distribution Company Fichtner Fisia Italimpianti S.p.A
FWPC GACA Golden Sands Management Consulting GS Inima Environment
Gulf Reinforced Plastics LLC Hawle Mid East FZE HDEC Middle East ICRC
IDE Technologies, IDE Water Assets ILF Consulting Engineers Jacobs JCCME
Jordan Civil Aviation Regulatory Commission KEC Kee Safety LLC Kindasa Water Services
Marubeni Corporation Masdar Middle East Institute Ministry of Electricity and Water, Kuwait
Ministry of Plannning Mott Macdonald MSA MiddleEast FZE MSA Safety
Nanostone Water Inc National Company of Drinking Water and Sanitation – Morocco National Water Research Center Neom
Nova Siria S.r.l. Osmoflo Pakistan Business Professional Council Pipelife Norge AS
PLASTEK SRL Poltejo Program for Assurance Purchasing ProMinent Juffali FZC
Rabigh Three Company KSA Royal Group Saipem Saline Water Conversion Corporation, SWCC – KSA
SEPCOIII Shapoorji Pallonji Mideast LLC Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority – SEWA SIDEM
SILVER FILTRATION Skyproxima SRL Stantec STAR Piping Systems GmbH
Suez International SWPC Fz LLC Talis Middle East FZCO TAQA
TECEXSA TECTON Engineering and Construction LLC Union Pipes Industry Victaulic
Vontron Membrane Technology Co.,Ltd. Wabag

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

2021 SUPPORTING PARTNERS

2022 SPONSORS

Associate Sponsor

Mena Desal

Associate Sponsor

Mena Desal

Strategic Sponsor

Mena Desal

Strategic Partner

Mena Desal

Strategic Partner

Mena Desal

Strategic Partner

Mena Desal

Strategic Partner

Mena Desal

Strategic Partner

Mena Desal

Strategic Partner

Mena Desal

Strategic Partner

Mena Desal

Strategic Partner

Mena Desal

Strategic Partner

Mena Desal

2021 SPONSORS

2021 MEDIA PARTNERS

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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Conrad Abu Dhabi Etihad Towers

Conrad Abu Dhabi Etihad Towers
Corniche Rd – Al Bateen – Abu Dhabi
https://www.hilton.com/en
02 811 5555

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