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2023 Future of Water Summit to focus on water security in the Middle East

The live event’s agenda will focus on best practice, governance, technology and sustainability

The Big Project Middle East (BPME) editorial team has revealed that the inaugural Future of Water Summit (FOW Summit) will take place in Dubai on 21 June 2023. The summit has been launched in response to growing concerns around water scarcity and efforts to bolster water security, as increasing water demands and climate change exert growing pressure on regional water reserves and infrastructure.

The event will bring together regional personalities from government and industry bodies, operators, consultants, contractors and technology firms to discuss a number of issues including: the region’s relationship with water; desalination and alternative solutions the region can rely on to supplement its fresh water reserves; the challenges regional water networks face; how technology can boost efficiency and reduce wastage, and stepping up water reuse via wide scale water recycling/reclamation.

The FOW Summit is free to attend for industry professionals, and will comprise several panel discussions, presentations, and focused fireside chats from high profile regional personalities including key decisionmakers, while also offering high value networking and sponsorship opportunities. A full agenda will be shared on the event website in coming weeks.

“A reliable supply of clean water is critical to life, economic growth, sanitisation, and urbanisation – this summit seeks to highlight water scarcity challenges, and discuss how the region can build water security. Since the MENA region is the most water-scarce in the world, and is being increasingly affected by growing demand and the negative effects of climate change, we thought the time was right to launch a dedicated event around this precious resource,” said Jason Saundalkar, Head of Content at Big Project Middle East.

Ahead of the FOW Summit, BPME is also hosting the second edition of its popular Energy & Sustainability Summit (E&S Summit), the BPME editorial team reiterated.

“Both the E&S and FOW summits align with UAE President His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan announcing 2023 as the ‘Year of Sustainability’, and since Dubai is hosting the 2023 UN Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC COP 28) from 30 November to 12 December 2023, we’re eager to provoke intense and useful debate that we hope will contribute to the region’s continued growth and sustainable future,” Saundalkar added.

To discuss participating at the event as a speaker, contact conference producer Jason Saundalkar on Sponsorship and dedicated presentation inquires can be addressed to Raed Kaedbey ( and Madeleine Martin (

To find out more about the FOW Summit, click here.


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