Event Overview:

The series of triennial Arab Water Forum (AWF) is considered one of the most important water-related events in the Arab region. The 5th edition of AWF was convened by the Arab Water Council during the period 21 – 23 September 2021 in Grand Hyatt, Dubai 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 decisionmakers 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 featured 3 days of panel sessions, scientific sessions, and an Arab Water Expo, along with plenty of opportunities for networking.

The 5th Arab Water Forum is a product of more than a year-and-a-half of collaborative effort and preparations with stakeholders from all the Arab region including policy-makers, multilateral specialized institutions, academia, civil society and the private sector, among others. Under the overarching Slogan “Arab Water Security for Peace and Sustainable Development”, the 5th AWF addressed three main priorities: Arab Water Security; Transboundary Water Cooperation and Water for Sustainable Development including about 14 different topics as well as cross cutting Means and Tools. Each priority and topic was carefully developed, in collaboration with regional partners, government representatives, NGOs, professional networks and academic groups into a common framework of goals and concrete targets. The Forum aimed at achieving collective action and positive response to influence the desired change by bridging the science-policy interface. The Forum also included parallel tracks with several Scientific Sessions.

Over the years, the number of people participating in the Forum has increased from both the international community and Arab countries. The Forum connected over 1000 water sector professionals, innovators and decision-makers from across 22 Arab Countries and partners as well as international collaborators, to discuss imminent water challenges and effective solutions to tackle them in the Arab region.

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.

2021 Advisory Committee

H.E. Prof. Mahmoud Abu-Zeid
President, Arab Water Council
Head of Advisory Committee
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Prof. Walid Abdel Rahman
Vice President, Arab Water Council
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Dr. Hussein El-Atfy
Secretary General, Arab Water Council
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Prof. Safwat Abdel Dayem
Senior Advisor and Governor , Arab Water Council

Dr. Mohamed Mostafa Al-Mulla
Director, Water Resources Department, Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure, UAE

Amb. Dr. Djameldinne Djaballah
Chairman of the Housing and Water Resources Department, The League of Arab States

Prof. Hammou Laamrani
Water and Climate Change Senior Advisor, the League of Arab States
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Prof. Gaith Fariz, Director
UNESCO Arab Regional Office for Science & Technology


Prof. Dr. Abdeen Salih
Faculty of Engineering, Khartoum University & Member of AWC Executive Committee

Dr. Naser Nasrallah
Chairman, Al-Aal Institution for Sustainable Development, Lebanon

Mr. Maurizio Raeli
General Director, CIHEAM Bari Institute, Italy
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Organizing Committee


Prof. Khaled Abu Zeid
Regional Director of Water, CEDARE, Regional Director of Technical Programs, Arab Water Council
Chairman of the Organizing Committee

Ms. Mervat Hassan
Operation Director, Arab Water Council

Dr. Tarek Al-Samman
Technical Consultant, Arab Water Council

Ms. Manal Abdel Aal
Financial Manager, Arab Water Council

Dr. Mary Halim
Technical Advisor, Arab Water Council

Ms. Sherine Youssef
Senior Event Organization Officer, Arab Water Council

Mr. Mohamed Awadallah
IT Senior Officer, Arab Water Council

Mr. Hossam Gebril
IT Senior Officer, Arab Water Council

Mr. Ahmed Mohsen
PR & Event Organization Officer, Arab Water Council


Ms. Menna Ghoneim
Communication Officer, Arab Water Council

2021 Scientific Sessions Committee


Prof. Khaled Abu-Zeid
Regional Director of Water Resources, CEDARE, Regional Technical Programs & Governor, AWC

Prof. Mohamed Safwat Abdel-Dayem
Senior Advisor and Governor Arab Water Council (Head of Scientific Committee)

Dr. Abdel-Kawy Khalifa
former Minister of Water & Wastewater Infrastructure

Prof. Shaden Abdel Gawad
Professor & Former President of National Water Research Center (NWRC) & AWC Governor

Prof. Abdulaziz Al-Turbak
Board Member Prince Sultan Institute for Environmental and Water Research, King Saud University

Prof. Abdel Aziz Ibrahim
UNESCO Arab Regional Office for Science & Technology

Prof. Samia El-Guindy
Advisor Arab Water Council

Prof. Aly Al-Bahrawy
Professor Emeritus of Hydraulics, Faculty of Engineering Ain Shams University

Dr. Mohamed Abdel Hamyd Dawoud
Advisor - Water Resources, Environment Quality, Environment Agency Abu Dhabi (EAD)

Dr. Roula Khadra
Senior Researcher/ International Officer, Water Resources Management & Planning, CIHEAM BARI Institute
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Dr. Madeeha Moustafa

Dr. Kamel Amer
Head, Middle Region Office, Arab Organization for Agricultural Development (AOAD)

Prof. Siddig Eissa Ahmed
Director General, UNESCO Chair in Water Resources

Ms. Yara Al-Nagdy
Project Officer, Climate Change & Water Economics, Arab Water Council
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2021 VIP Speakers

H.E. Suhail Al Mazrouei
Minister of Energy and Infrastructure, UAE

H.E. Mohamed Abdel-Aty
Minister of Water Resources & Irrigation, Egypt
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H.E. Mariam bint Mohammed Almheiri
Minister of State for Food and Water Security, UAE
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H.E. Eng. Mahdi Rashid Al-Hamdani Minister of Water Resources, Iraq

H.E. Prof. Asem El-Gazzar Minister of Housing, Utilities and Urban Communities

H.E. Serigne Mbaye Thiam Minister, Ministry of Water and Sanitation, Senegal

H.E. Prof. Mahmoud Abu-Zeid
President of the Arab Water Council (AWC)
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Amb. Sherif Eissa
Assistant Minister for African , Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Egypt
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H.E. Dr. Sayed Ismail
Deputy Minister for Infrastructure, Ministry of Housing, Utilities & Urban Communities, Egypt

Charafat Afailal
Former Minister of Water, Morocco

H.E. Ahmed Abou-Elgheit
Secretary general, League of Arab States (LAS)

Akiça Bahri
Former Minister of Agriculture, Water Resources and Fisheries (Tunisia) and Professor, National Agricultural Institute of Tunisia
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H.E. Dr. Abdel-Kawy Khalifa Former Minister, Ministry of Water & WW Utilities, Egypt

Loïc Fauchon
President, World Water Council

H.E. Amb. Nada El Agizy
Head of the Sustainable Development and International Cooperation Department, League of Arab States

Prof. Khaled AbuZeid
Director of Water Resources Program, Center for Environment and Development for the Arab Region and Europe (CEDARE)
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Dr. Hussein El-Atfy
Secretary General, Arab Water Council (AWC)
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Abdoulaye Sene
Executive Secretary of the 6th World Water Forum (Peace & Security Forum)
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Hammou Laamrani
Policy Advisor Water, Energy, Food Security and Climate Change Nexus, League of Arab States
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Placido Plaza
Secretary General, CIHEAM
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Prof. Dr Ragab Ragab
President, International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage
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Prof. Walid Abdel-Rahman
Vice President, the Arab Water Council (AWC)
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Aly Abousabaa
Director General, ICARDA
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Abdelmajid Bettaieb
Chief Executive Officer, ONAS

Adel Yasin
Director General, The Strategic Planning Department (PWA)
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Alberto Carletti
Researcher, Università Degli Studi di Sassari NRD, Centro Interdipartimentale di Ateneo
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Amgad Elmahdi
Head of MENA Region Principal Researcher-Water System Analyst and Solutions, IWMI
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Dino Francescutti Motis
Sub-Regional Coordinator & FAO Representative in the UAE Sub-Regional Office for the Gulf Cooperation Council States and Yemen – SNG
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Dr. Marco Arcieri
Vice President, ICID & Secretary General, ITAL-ICID - ICID Italian Committee

Dr. Mohamed Helal
Associate Professor of Law, Moritz College of Law
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Eng. Felix Reinders
Chair, WASAG
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Essa AbdulRahman Al Hashemi
Head, Food Security Office, Office of the Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates
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Igor Malgrati
Water and Habitat Advisor, International Committee of the Red Cross
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Isabel Martin
Senior Researcher, Andalusian Public Foundation Center of New Water Technologies (CENTA)
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Iyad Rammal
Senior Infrastructure Specialist, Middle East and North Africa Region, World Bank
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Khalil Ammar
Head of Natural Resource Management Program, ICBA, UAE

Lionel Dabbadie
Senior Fishery and Aquaculture Officer, FAO-SNG
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Mohamed El-Ghazaly
Country Programme Officer Egypt, IFAD
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Dr. Nizar Haddad
Director General, National Agricultural Research (NARC)
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Prof Mahmoud Sakr
President, ASRT
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Prof. Quirico Migheli
Professor of Plant Pathology, Director of NRD - UNISS, Università Degli Studi di Sassari NRD, Centro Interdipartimentale di Ateneo
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Dr. Tarek Kotb
Lead Global Technical Specialist, Water and Rural Infrastructure, IFAD
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Xurong Mei
Vice President, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences
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Yasmine Seghirate
Poliy & Communications Manager Gender Equality & Youth Inclusion

Eng. Adel Alobeiaat
International Water Management Institute (IWMI)

Adham Badawy
Research Officer - Water Accounting & Productivity, MENA Office, International Water Management Institute (IWMI)
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Dr. Adil Bushnak
Board Chairman, Taibah Knowledge Company

Prof. Adly Khaled Saadawy
Professor of Agriculture Economic, Fayoum University

Prof. Adnan Aish
Head of Earth Sciences Department, Al Azhar University, Gaza, Palestine

Prof. Ahmed Moawad
Vice Chairman, Holding Company for Water & Wastewater (HCWW)

Ahmed Ali Ayoub
Researcher, Water Resources Management, CIHEAM Bari Institute
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Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs, International University of Grand-Bassam
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Dr. Ajit Govind
Research Scientist (Climatologist), International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA)
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Prof. Albert S. Kim
Professor and Graduate Chair, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, College of Engineering, University of Hawai`i at Mānoa

Dr. Almoayied Assayed
Director of Water & Environment, Centre, Royal Scientific Society

Dr. Amel Azab
SDGCF Project Coordinator, Arab Water Council

Dr. Amos Winter
Associate Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Dr. Anders
Jägerskog, Senior Water Resources Management Specialist, Transboundary Waters Focal Point, The World Bank (WB)

Dr. Annette Huber-Lee
Senior Scientist, Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI)

General Eng. Asem Shokr
Vice Chairman, Holding Company for Water & Wastewater (HCWW)

Ashwin Kumar Balvantray Pandya
International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage (ICID)
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Dr. Atsushi Tsunekawa
Professor, Tottori University
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Ayman Omer
Senior Regional Programme Officer, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
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Basil Biltaji
Communication Officer, UAE International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)

Bilal Derardja
PHD Student, Polytechnic of Bari, CIHEAM-Bari

Dr. Caroline King-Okumu
Drought management specialist, GeoData Institute, University of Southampton, UK

Catarina De Albuquerque
Executive Director, Sanitation and Water for All

Dr. Chandrashekhar Biradar
Principal Agroecosystems Scientist, Research Team Leader, Head of Geoinformatics and Research Data Management Unit, International Center for Agricultural Research in Dry Areas (ICARDA)-CGIAR Research Center
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Chris Cormency
Regional WASH Advisor, Middle East and North Africa, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
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Clare Dalton
Head of Mission to the United Arab Emirates, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)


The communications plan was launched April 2020 and ran for 18 months with the objective of raising awareness across the globe about the event and opportunities to participate at this prestigious event. The campaign ran across multiple digital and traditional media channels including Google Ads, LinkedIn, Facebook, Email, Print and Outdoor advertising.

We reached thousands of professionals working in the water domain across the Arab region and internationally with activities managed internally as well as the support of our media partner network across the globe.

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