Message from the Founder and Chairman of WETEX

We welcome you to the 21st Water, Energy, Technology and Environment Exhibition (WETEX 2019) and the 4th Dubai Solar Show. Both events come under the umbrella of the 6th Green Week, with the theme ‘At the forefront of sustainability’ and will be held from 21-23 October 2019, under the directives of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai; and under the patronage of HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, Minister of Finance and President of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA).

Last year, we hosted over 2,100 exhibitors from 53 countries at the 20th WETEX and 3rd Dubai Solar Show, which was held at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre. Over 33,000 visitors came to the two exhibitions which covered an area of 78,413 square metres. These visitors attended seminars and panel discussions on sustainability, disruptive technologies, smart grids and the future of energy around the world, which are of immense importance to the UAE Centennial 2071.

The UAE has developed various strategies and initiatives to realise the objectives of the UAE Centennial 2071 to make the UAE the best country in the world by 2071. DEWA has investments of over USD 22 billion (AED 81 billion) for the next five years, to meet growing demand for electricity and water in Dubai. Today, DEWA has a strong infrastructure, to meet the ever-increasing demand and support the growth of a green economy and create a competitive advantage for the UAE in clean energy and energy-efficiency technologies.

Over the last few years, DEWA has recorded multiple successes and achievements, ranking high amongst the most prestigious organisations in the world, and surpassing major European and American utilities. DEWA achieved the lowest customer minutes lost per year (CML) in the world with 2.39 CML, compared to 15 minutes in Europe, and reduced losses from electricity transmission and distribution networks to 3.3% compared to 6–7% in the USA and Europe. Water network losses were also reduced to 6.6% compared to 15% in North America. The UAE, represented by DEWA, maintained its first global ranking, for the second consecutive year, with scores of 100% in all Getting Electricity indicators in the World Bank’s Doing Business 2019 report. The report measures the ease of doing business in 190 economies around the world. I look forward to welcoming you to the 21st WETEX 2019 and the 4th Dubai Solar Show.

Our achievements would not have been possible without the contributions from our partners and stakeholders who are key to our local and global achievements. This comes as part of our belief that team spirit and integration, and the joint efforts of all public and private organisations and other stakeholders are the key pillars of success. This is aligned with the vision of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, to achieve number one in all fields, and the objectives of the UAE Centennial 2071, to make the UAE the best country in the world by providing the best government, the best education, the happiest society, and the best economy in the world.

HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer

MD & CEO of DEWA and Founder and Chairman of WETEX

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