Global Desalination Experts to Converge in Dubai Next Month

Published October 18th, 2009 - 07:44 GMT
Preparations are well underway to welcome approximately 1800 prominent desalination experts from across the globe to Dubai next month for the world’s most important event in desalination and water technology, the biannual International Desalination Association (IDA) World Congress being hosted by TechnoPark, the science and technology facilitator of Economic Zones World.
The event, the biggest of its kind in the Middle East, is being held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai from 7 - 12 November at the Atlantis Resort - The Palm.
The five-day congress themed ‘Desalination for a Better World’ will address global issues on water management, latest desalination technologies, environmental and energy impacts of desalination and will focus on promoting sustainability in the sector.
Ibrahim Al Janahi, Chief Commercial Officer of Economic Zones World and a member of the IDA Organizing Committee said: “We are pressing ahead full steam for the event next month and it is shaping up to be the most exciting and ambitious Water Management event ever held by the IDA. This is a matter that is very important to the UAE and we are committed to sustainable development of our water resources and playing a vital global role in fostering R&D and best practices in the industry.”
Al Janahi added that the conference had already generated tremendous response from the sector, reflecting its keenness to open dialogue and find sustainable solutions to global water challenges.
The Congress, which has grown year on year, involves the world’s most prominent industry players, including end-users (utilities), manufacturers and suppliers, government officials, researchers, financiers and members of academia from 80 countries.
Hamad Al Hashemi, Managing Director, Dubai Institute of Technology - TechnoPark, said:  “The objective of the conference is to gather the best and brightest in the industry under one roof, offering attendees quality exposure to the very latest developments in desalination and encouraging cooperation and development internationally on environmentally sustainable technologies in the sector. As technology makes advancements across the globe it is important to nurture a culture of innovation right here in the Middle East to accelerate sustainable economic development and to make the region technologically capable and globally competitive." 
The IDA World Congress 2009 will feature five days of 26 technical sessions, 240 presentations, lectures, roundtable discussions, interactive sessions and workshops. A concurrent exhibition will showcase the latest equipment and technology from 70 participating Companies from over 21 Countries.
Sessions will be held on topics as diverse as Alternative Ideas, Innovative Solutions and Nuclear Technologies for Desalination; Chemicals, Scaling and Cleaning and Mineral Recovery; Energy Recovery: A Dramatic Reduction in Energy Consumption for Desalination; and Environmental Sustainability.
TechnoPark, the region’s leading technology business incubator was set up to lead innovation in the country’s core economic sectors including Energy and Desalination and Water Resources Management to improve existing technologies and enhance production efficiencies in the country.
The International Desalination Association (www.idadesal.org) is a non-profit organization comprising over 2,000 members from 60 countries, including scientists, end-users, engineers, consultants and researchers from governments, corporations and academia. IDA is associated with the United Nations as part of a growing international network of non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

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