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The series of triennial Arab Water Forum (AWF) is considered the most important water-related event in the Arab region. The 5th edition of AWF will be convened by the Arab Water Council during the period 21 - 23 September 2021 in Abu Dhabi under the patronage of the United Arab Emirates’ Ministry of Energy & Infrastructure and supported by the League of Arab States (LAS) and the Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation of Egypt (MWRI), in collaboration with national, regional and international partners. Providing a unique platform for communication, the 5th AWF is considered the stage where Arab water community leaders and key decision-makers thoroughly discuss water challenges that the Arab region is facing, being one of the most water-scarce regions in the world.

The Forum also represents an important milestone in the run-up to the World Water Forum (WWF) and a meeting point for stakeholders who wish to be involved in the Arab regional process to reflect the voice of the Arab region in the WWF, promoting priority areas for development in key water-related sectors and mobilizing key actions towards achieving water security for the Arab region.

The 2021 edition will feature 3 days of panel sessions, scientific sessions, and an Arab Water Expo, along with plenty of opportunities for networking.

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Welcome Messages

In compliance with the long-term perception and aspirations of the UAE wise leadership towards achieving sustainable development, the mission of the Ministry of Energy and Industry is to secure sustainability of the inter-related fields of Energy, Water, Mining and Industry sectors for the welfare and prosperity of the community, with special focus on surmounting the challenges facing the Arab region. This can be realized through setting appropriate legislation and policies, and building strategic partnerships in close cooperation and coordination with concerned entities.

With this vision as a targeted goal, the UAE Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure will be honored to host the 5th Arab Water Forum under its auspices. The key message in this stage is about seeking a cooperative and cohesive society that includes all of the integrated components in a nexus approach. More than ever, the dialogue between different actors is required for investigating innovative solutions and for the mobilization of public and private actions in order to promote better water security and sustainability. With the overarching theme “Arab Water Security for Peace and Sustainable Development,” the 5th Arab Water Forum indeed proposes to foster this dialogue, and to promote cooperation and exchange of knowledge and insights. It is with great pleasure that we welcome all participants to the Forum in Abu Dhabi. We render ourselves available to help obtain the best possible results as an outcome of the event. Join us to exchange views and help upgrade the quality of life of people in the Arab region. It is truly an opportunity not to be missed. "

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The Arab region today is facing unprecedented multi-dimensional water challenges that are affecting its stability and threatening its sustainability. Despite decades of regulation and large investments in water-related sectors, evidence still shows that the growing climate variability with its impacts on water availability, combined with the existing water scarcity in the region, has translated into poor livelihoods and food insecurity and has heavily impacted water-dependent jobs leading to substantial employment cuts across the regional economy.

Moreover, the continuous rise in water use due to socio-economic development, combined with population growth and changes in consumption patterns, continue to increase the stress level on the limited water resources especially in conflict settings where water infrastructure is limited, damaged and targeted for destruction. On the other hand, upstream pressures on transboundary waters continue to jeopardize peaceful sustainability of livelihoods in the region, where almost 65% of its renewable surface water resources is originating from outside the Region.

The complexity of the water-related challenges can only be understood through proper consideration of all. Concerted efforts are highly needed to improve livelihoods of communities and individuals and reinforce resilience to environmental stress including improvement of water supply, access and governance. This can be achieved through tailored policy formulation that addresses the needs of all groups and recognizes their basic rights in water supply and sanitation aiming at building peaceful and prosperous societies, sustaining healthy livelihoods and maintaining the dignity of all human beings.

Within this context, the Arab Water Council will be organizing its 5th Arab Water Forum in Abu Dhabi, UAE, in September 2021. We look forward to your participation in this vital event to share knowledge and experience towards achieving “Arab Water Security for Peace and Sustainable Development”, which will also be an important milestone for reflecting on the Arab Region’s views in preparation for the 9th World Water Forum in March 2022.

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Forum in Numbers

Convened by the Arab Water Council
Under the patronage of The United Arab Emirates’ Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure, supported by The League of Arab States (LAS), The Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation of Egypt (MWRI)
and water authorities from 22 Arab countries.

Key Forum Elements

Priorities, Topics, Cross
Cutting Means & Tools

Provisional Program at a Glance

5th Arab Water Forum Priority Areas /
Themes & Topics

Priority Area / Theme No. 1: Arab Water Security
Pannel & Scientific Sessions Topics Cross Cutting Sessions Topics
  • Non-Conventional Water Resources to Achieve Water Security
  • Water, Energy and Food Security Nexus
  • Climate Change Impact on Arab Water Security
  • Water Desalination as a Strategic Option for Sustainable Arab Water Security
  • Sustainable Finance and Investment in the Water Sector
Priority Area / Theme No. 2: Transboundary Water Cooperation
Pannel & Scientific Sessions Topics Cross Cutting Sessions Topics
  • Sharing Water and Benefits for Peace and Development
  • Effective Water Governance Towards Achieving Peace and Stability
  • Hydro Diplomacy and Water Politics in Transboundary Water Management
  • Riparian Partnerships in Developing and Managing shared Water Resources
  • Governing Laws for Addressing Transboundary Water Issues
  • Advanced Technologies & Early Warning Systems
  • State of the Water
Priority Area No. 3: Water for Sustainable Development
Pannel & Scientific Sessions Topics Cross Cutting Sessions Topics
  • Access to Water and Sanitation for All to Achieve SDGs
  • Resilience to Water Climate Change Extremes
  • Water for Food Security
  • Disaster Risk Reduction against Natural Water Hazards and Climate Change Impacts
  • Science, Technology and Innovation
For Submission of Sessions’ Expression of Interest (EOI) Please Contact:
Pannel & Cross Cutting Sessions :
Scientific Sessions:

Dates to Remember

January 27th, 2020 Kick-off Meeting of the Forum, Cairo, Egypt
November 1st, 2020 Call for Session Expression of Interest (EOI)
Call for Scientific abstracts

Call for AWC Prize Application
December 1st, 2020 Early Bird registration
January 31st, 2021 Deadline for Submission of Session EOI
Deadline for Abstract Submission
Deadline for AWC Prize Application Submission
March 15th, 2021 Sessions and Abstracts Acceptance
May 15th, 2021 Deadline for Session Registration
Deadline for Full Paper Submission
May 31st, 2021 Deadline for Early Bird Registration
August 31st, 2021 Deadline for Forum Registration

Why Get Involved


Who Should Exhibit & Sponsor

Sponsors & Partners

Gold Sponsor

Associate Sponsors


Strategic Partners



Media & Knowledge Partners

Press Coverage

Partnership Opportunities


We have a diverse range of sponsorship opportunities available; a member of the sponsorship team will work with you to create a bespoke package to suit your businesses objectives. Email either: or or for more information.

A key feature to enable seamless networking will be the mobile contact card or “scan2lead device.” This Mobile device will enable exhibitors to collect registration information from an attendee badge When a badge is scanned, the information is collected digitally to help the exhibitor build a list of qualified prospects.
All data/information details scanned will be saved in the app through the cloud. Post event you will be able to access your lead through a URL link shared and accessible with your unique username & password.
You will be able to add an extra note on your prospect (e.g: Give her a call on Monday 12th)
On your website access, you will have the Dashboard, Leads (all captured list will be exported here) and Report.
Kindly contact to register now

Floor Plan


Hotel Room Booking

For your accommodation requirements during the Arab Water Forum, please find below hotel options

Emirates Palace
**event headquarters
Rate per night: AED 1144 (Bed & Breakfast)
*Rate is inclusive of taxes
Book here or you may contact Sarah Xinyang Li (
Conrad Abu Dhabi Etihad Towers
**6 minutes drive to venue
Rate per night: AED 450 (Bed & Breakfast)
*Rate is inclusive of taxes
Book here or through Reservations ( or +971 2 811 5555 ) quoting “Great Minds” to avail the rate

Grand Hyatt Hotel Emirates Pearl
**6 minutes drive to venue
Rate per night: AED 450 (Bed & Breakfast)
*Rate is inclusive of taxes
Book here or through Reservations ( or +971 2 510 1234 ) quoting “Great Minds” to avail the rate
Nehal Hotel
**10 minutes drive to venue
Rate per night: AED 179 (room only) / AED 219 (with breakfast)
*Rate is inclusive of taxes
Book through Tuhin Shaikh ( or +971 2 651 8888) quoting “Great Minds” to avail the rate

Centro Al Manhal Rotana
**15 minutes drive to venue
Rate per night: AED 190 (Bed & Breakfast)
*Rate is inclusive of taxes
Book here & add the Booking code: ROGREATM on the OPTIONS drop down menu.
You may also book through Vicah Bautista or Mary Ellen Mendez ( or +971 2 811 5113/14) quoting “Great Minds” to avail the rate

Visa & Covid 19 Regulations

For visa enquiries and assistance and Covid-19 regulations, please contact

Session Registration

Once you have been informed of the acceptance of your Session, you are kindly requested to go through the following check list to confirm registration of your Session:

1. Register speakers and pay for their registration (at least 5 speakers) by May 31st

2. Pay for translation fees "1000 USD" per session by May 31st

3. Send Session Objectives by May 31st

4. Send detailed Session Program by June 15th

Kindly send proof of payment of registration & translation fees (items 1 & 2) to and the detailed Session Objectives & Program (items 3 & 4) to

The below prices are not applicable for Sponsors & Exhibitors


The delegate pass for consultants, EPC contractors, vendors, technology providers comes at an investment of USD 2,799

5+ delegate passes: 10% discount

10+ delegate passes: 15% discount


    Please note that by registering to attend this conference you acknowledge and agree that the partners of the event can contact you with the contact information you have provided.

    Please note: Youth age should be under 30 years old.

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