From November 15 to 17, Dubai will host the Water, Energy, Technology, and Environment Exhibition (WETEX) alongside the Dubai Solar Show 2023. This co-located event serves as a premier platform for global organizations to showcase their cutting-edge solutions and products spanning various sectors, including energy, water, sustainability, green technologies, renewable and clean energy, green mobility solutions, sustainable development, green buildings, water desalination technologies, and smart cities.
In addition to the exhibition itself, attendees can engage in specialized seminars and panel discussions, creating valuable opportunities for exchanging ideas with international experts and specialists. WETEX and the Dubai Solar Show 2023 emerge as a vital hub for the latest advancements and discussions in the fields of environmental conservation, technology, and sustainable development.
WETEX and Dubai Solar Show 2023: Driving Sustainability in the UAE
Annually organized by the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) under the visionary directives of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, the 25th edition of WETEX and Dubai Solar Show is set to be a global gathering of significance.
Anticipating the participation of more than 2,556 companies hailing from 62 countries, along with the support of 75 sponsors and 37 partners and supporting associations, this edition of the event is poised to be a remarkable showcase of innovation. Furthermore, it will host 24 international pavilions representing 16 countries at the esteemed Dubai World Trade Centre.
Held at the Dubai World Trade Centre, WETEX and the Dubai Solar Show 2023 stand as instrumental platforms dedicated to advancing the UAE’s sustainability agenda. Beyond being an exhibition, this event serves as a catalyst for creating valuable commercial and learning opportunities, fostering collaboration and knowledge exchange among businesses within the UAE and the broader region.
Saeed Mohammed AL Tayer, the managing Director and CEO of DEWA, founder, and chairman of WETEX and Dubai Solar Show, expressed a warm welcome to the participation of all nations in the show. The aim is to foster a collaborative effort in accelerating the global energy transition, achieving, net-zero goals, and laying the groundwork for a more sustainable future for humanity.
This collective endeavor aligns with Dubai’s standing as an international hub for the green economy and sustainable expansion, as well as the UAE’s leadership in climate action. The strategic timing of the exhibition, just days before COP28, further emphasizes its significance. AL Tayer highlighted that thanks to the unwavering support of the smart administration, the exhibition has evolved into one of the most extensive specialized shows worldwide.
Al Tayer further emphasized, “This event presents an extraordinary platform for numerous companies, investors, and global visitors to delve into investment and business prospects. It is an opportunity to forge partnerships, cultivate business relationships, gain insights into market demands and upcoming projects, and solidify impactful deals.”
In 2022, the two shows collectively drew in over 47,000 visitors hailing from more than 176 countries. Anticipating an equal or larger turnout this year, organizers are gearing up for the upcoming climate summit.
Dr. Yousef Al Akraf, Executive Vice President of Business Support and Human Resources at DEWA, and Chairperson of the Sales, Logistics, and Sponsorships Committee for WETEX, highlighted, “The exhibition garners extensive participation from prominent local and international entities across both public and private sectors. Participants will present a diverse array of products, innovations, and solutions encompassing energy, water, green development, sustainability, electric vehicles (EVs), smart cities, green buildings, cybersecurity, renewable energy, innovation, AI, robotics, decarbonization, smart grids, and more.”
Within the exhibition, numerous meetings transpire between companies, governmental and private institutions, and investors facilitated by the Business-to-Business (B2B) and Business-to-Government (B2G) platforms.
UAE’s net zero by 2050 Agenda
In alignment with Accenture research, the circular economy has the potential to generate an additional $4.5 trillion in economic output by 2030. The International Labour Organization calculates that transitioning to a circular economy could make six million positions globally.
Highlighting this transformative potential, Abdullah bin Touq Al Marri, Minister of Economy, previously stated, “The UAE government envisions promoting economic expansion in strategic sites that align with our endurable expansion goals. Over the next 50 years, the circular economy and renewable energy sources will play a pivotal role in shaping our economy. As we gear up to host COP 28, the UAE is heightening its purpose to complete its responsibility under the Paris Agreement, aiming for net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. The circular economy policy will play a critical role in contributing to this national objective.”
Al Tayer further emphasized, “WETEX and DSS play a pivotal role in supporting the UAE’s commitment to attaining sustainable management and efficient utilization of natural resources. This is achieved by fostering investments in the circular economy, broadening the application of current practices, and incorporating global best practices in this domain. The platform facilitates the implementation of positive changes driven by the circular economy, enhancing the business environment, drawing in both local and foreign investments, and fostering the development of a circular economy system across all vital sectors. This collaborative effort spans both public and private sectors.”