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 & Industry 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 Industry will be honored to host the 5th Arab Water Forum under its auspices. Involvement of the Ministry will lie within the domain of the activities of the anticipated World Expo 2020 which will be hosted by Dubai in October 2020 for about six months under the main theme "Connecting Minds, Creating the Future."

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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.

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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 Industry, 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 Papers abstracts

Call for AWC Prize Application
December 1st, 2020 Early Bird registration
January 15th, 2021 Deadline for Abstract Submission
January 31st, 2021 Deadline for Submission of Session EOI
Deadline for AWC Prize Application Submission
February 28th, 2021 Sessions and Abstracts Acceptance
April 30th, 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

Partnership Opportunities


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Floor Plan



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