Water expo opens in Dubai
Dubai, March 8, 2011
The 13th edition of Water, Energy, & Environment Exhibition 2011 (Wetex 2011) kicked off in Dubai on Tuesday amid wide participation from local, Arab and international companies.
Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and Minister of Finance and president of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) inaugurated the expo in the presence of top figures and officials in Dubai.
The exhibition will run up to March 10 at Zabeel Hall and Halls 1 and 2 at Dubai International Convention Centre.
The opening ceremony was attended by top officials including Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai’s Supreme Council of Energy, Ahmed Humaid Al Tayer, governor of the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), Matar Humaid Al Tayer, chairman of Dewa, Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer MD & CEO, Mohammed Al Tayer, chairman & CEO of Road & Transport Authority, Hussain Nasser Lootah, director general of Dubai Municipality and Hamad Al Mohannadi, director general of Qatar Electricity & Water Company.
After the opening, Sheikh Hamdan toured the expo, accompanied by Dewa officials, to take a look at the displays, exhibits and equipment shown by different participating authorities from 25 countries all over the world.
Commenting on the launch, Al Tayer said, 'This occasion also coincides with Dewa’s celebrations of its 50th Anniversary – Golden Jubilee. Also, this year’s edition of the exhibition is characterized by the continuation of the country’s blessed march towards development.'
'It gives due attention to projects compatible with the environment through a special platform dedicated for promoting the concept of green buildings which aim to conserve the consumption of energy and water via designs and eco-friendly materials,' he added.
Al Tayer hailed the steady growth in the number of participants at the exhibition, 'which reflects the high position of the UAE in general and the position of Dubai as a centre for finance and business and a destination for different activities.'
He said the exhibition was an important annual event to be added to the great world economic and business events hosted by Dubai all the year round.
“This year’s session is characterized by the wide participation of ministries, government departments and organizations, municipalities, national and international companies and organizations, and public interest organizations concerned with the water, energy and environment issues,' he added.
Al Tayer hailed the participation of many countries all over the world including Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Hashemite kingdom, Morocco, USA, Australia, United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, Bosnia, Croatia,, France, Switzerland, Norway, Poland, Spain, Malaysia, Turkey, china, Taiwan, Japan, India, Sri Lanka.-TradeArabia News Service