Dubai will host the IDA World Congress on Desalination and Water Reuse 2009, under an agreement between TechnoPark, the science and technology facilitator of Economic Zones World, and the International Desalination Association earlier this week.
IDA selected TechnoPark to host the event, and Dubai as the venue over a number of global destinations, including Australia and China, at the IDA Board Meeting in Singapore on April 13 this year.
The purpose of the Congress is to promote desalination and advanced water reuse technology by the exchange of information in through technical sessions, roundtable discussions, specialised workshops and an international exhibition.
Hamad Al Hashemi, Managing Director, TechnoPark said:
“We are honoured to have been chosen to host the IDA World Congress on the subject. Being selected over global technology leaders such as China and Australia speaks volumes of the potential IDA sees in Dubai and TechnoPark as leaders of advancement in finding alternative water resources.
“With more than 60 per cent of the world’s desalination plants operating in the Middle East, and the Arab world expected to invest more than US$ 30 billion in desalination projects by 2015, the industry is poised for astronomical growth. Advancement in desalination and water technology is one of the core objectives of TechnoPark, and as such, it is the ideal base of operations for the industry, not only in the Middle East, but throughout the world,” Al Hashemi added.
Lisa Henthorne, Vice President and Global Director of Desalination Technology, CH2M Hill headed the selection committee that forwarded its recommendations to the IDA Board. Ms. Henthorne said:
“Among the proposals received and studied by the committee, TechnoPark’s proposal showed the highest level of interest and commitment from the beginning. Although there was close competition between the candidates, the phenomenal growth witnessed by Dubai, and the leading and mature technologies present at TechnoPark made it the obvious global choice for holding the Congress.”
Mohamed Sager Al-Asam Al Zaabi, Assistant Undersecretary for Water & Soil at the UAE Ministry of Environment and Water said:
“Dubai is the land where dreams come true, and it is here where the global aspirations of the desalination industry will be realised. The UAE is fully dedicated to playing its role in finding a solution to the world’s water needs. The government fully backs the efforts of TechnoPark and the IDA in making the congress a success.”
According to Patricia Burke, Secretary General IDA, who signed the agreement on behalf of the association: “We are thrilled to be starting work on what will be one of the best conferences ever for IDA.”
TechnoPark will be the main sponsor of the event, with support from the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, and the UAE Ministry of Environment and Water.
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