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Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has revealed that sustainability will be at top of the agenda during Water, Energy, Technology, and Environment Exhibition (WETEX 2015).

The authority said that renewable energies, electric vehicles, and smart technologies will take centre stage at next week’s event.

Details of the upcoming show were revealed this morning at a pre-event press conference in Dubai, chaired by HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, founder and chairman of WETEX, and managing director and chief executive officer of DEWA.

Addressing conference guests, Al Tayer said: “WETEX 2015’s theme is ‘At the forefront of sustainability’, because we believe that the exhibition has become an important platform that reflects DEWA’s call to the world to spread the concepts of sustainability in energy, water, environment, green economy, development of smart cities, and other relevant sectors in line with its vision to become a sustainable, innovative, world-class facility.”

The show will be used as a platform to discuss the latest technologies from the fields of oil and gas, renewable energy, energy conservation, and smart grids. The management of water resources, with particular emphasis on desalination activities, will also represent a key discussion point at WETEX 2015, and DEWA intends to build on its recent efforts to promote the use of electric vehicles in the UAE.

“WETEX embraces the latest electric and hybrid cars, as well as the latest technologies for these cars by the top manufacturers, in order to highlight their contribution to the preservation of the environment and sustainability,” explained Al Tayer.

“This move is in line with its smart initiative, to deploy an infrastructure for electric vehicle charging stations at various locations across Dubai, which supports the introduction and use of electric vehicles within Dubai, to support the Smart Dubai initiative of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, to transform Dubai into the smartest city in the world,” he added.

Encouragingly, Al Tayer and his colleagues expect WETEX 2015 to grow significantly on previous iterations. 1,696 exhibitors from 42 countries have confirmed that they will be attending the seventeenth edition of the show, an 8% increase over last year. The event will include 26 national pavilions and at least 27 government organisations from the UAE. 25,000 visitors are expected to visit Dubai World Trade Centre during the course of the exhibition.

“DEWA is also planning to host brainstorming sessions in which leading experts will offer new and innovative solutions,” Al Tayer noted.

“We have invited pioneering thinkers from the energy, water, and environment sectors to these brainstorming sessions to discuss the challenges facing each of these sectors and come up with recommendations and solutions that would help the region and the world to make the most of the latest developments and best innovations in energy and environment sector practices,” he told those in attendance at this morning’s press conference.

For in-depth coverage of WETEX 2015, including further perspectives from DEWA’s Higher Organising Committee, check out the May 2015 issue of MEP Middle East.