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DOHA: The 10th Gulf Water Conference jointly organised by Qatar General Electricity & Water Corporation (Kahramaa), Water Science and Technology Association (WSTA), and the Secretariat General of the Co-operation Council for the Arab Gulf States opens today at Grand Hyatt Doha.
The three-day conference with the title ‘Water in the GCC States: The Water-Energy-Food Nexus’ and under the patronage of Minister of Energy and Industry H E Dr Mohammed bin Saleh Al Sada, will witness top officials from GCC and Arab and international water, energy, and food professionals.
Main speakers in the opening ceremony will be Dr Mohamed bin Saleh, Eng Abdullah bin Abdulrahman Al Hossayen Saudi’s Minister of Water & Electricity, Dr Abdullatif bin Rashed Al Zayanni, Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council, and Eng Essa bin Hilal Al Kuwari, President of Kahramaa and the conference president.
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 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 to be presented by more than 150 Arab, GCC and international researchers, who will discuss more than 50 water, food and energy-related subjects.
Moreover, the issue of the supply of water for domestic, agriculture, urban and industrial use and how supply can keep pace with demand in a sustainable and feasible way will also be discussed.
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 they 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.
The conference has attracted the attention of national and international companies, at the top of them Qatar National Food Security Program, as a strategic partner and Sinohydro, Qatar Electricity and Water Company, and Qatar Petroleum, as ‘platinum’ sponsors.
Qatar Gas, Qatar Building Company, HBK Contracting Co., Pegos and Qatar Cool are ‘gold’ sponsors. ABB, Torishima, Petroserv, Toray, Al Obeidly GE, Habtoor Leighton Group, Mustafawi Trading, Al Waha Contracting, Gulf House, and Amiantit Qatar Pipes Co., are ‘silver’ sponsors. The conference lanyard is sponsored by Global Water Sustainability Center (ConocoPhilips) and Qatar Airways is the conference’s Official Carrier.