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.
H.E. Suhail Mohammed Al Mazrouei,
Minister of Energy and Industry, UAE
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."
H.E. Prof. Mahmoud Abu-Zeid,
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.
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
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
|December 1st, 2020||Early Bird registration|
|January 31st, 2021||Deadline for Submission of Session EOI
Deadline for Abstract 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
Discover the upcoming $50bn water projects in the Arab Region
Hear about the latest sustainable water treatment and desalination methods deployed globally
Learn about the regional Privatization Programs to strengthen the role of the private sector by unlocking state-owned assets for investment
Connect and network with industry peers to tackle shared operational and stakeholder collaboration challenges
Asses cross-sector implementation of automation systems and how your project can benefit from it
Who Should Exhibit & Sponsor
Emirates Palace Abu Dhabi
West Corniche Road,
+971 2 690 8888
The below prices are not applicable for Sponsors & Exhibitors
Please note: Youth age should be under 30 years old.