Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) has announced the participation of 18 German energy and water companies at the 21st Water, Energy, Technology and Environment Exhibition (Wetex 2019), which will be held 21-23 October at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre (DICEC) under the directives of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, and Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai; and under the patronage of HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, Minister of Finance, and President of DEWA.
According to the Dubai Media Office report, the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi), Siemens, and the Association of the German Trade Fair Industry (AUMA) will be among the 18 German firms at Wetex 2019.
The German pavilion at the exhibition will feature products and technologies in smart integrated grids, automation, Big Data, solar energy, CSP, asset management, smart area solutions, water treatment, irrigation technologies, cooling and heating pumps, mobile and fixed pumps, tanks, cables, valves, leak reduction solutions, water testing, waste treatment and wind energy plants.
The pavilion will also host displays of thermoplastics and turbines, and energy efficiency.
Commenting on the participation of the German firms, managing director and chief executive officer of Dewa, and founder and chairman of Wetex, Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, said: “We are delighted by the massive participation of Germany in Wetex 2019 and the ongoing cooperation between Dewa and German companies. This collaboration supports the objectives of the long-term national initiative ‘Green Economy for Sustainable Development’ to build a green economy in the UAE.”
Al Tayer added: “The Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 will provide 7% of Dubai’s power output from clean energy by 2020, 25% by 2030, and 75% by 2050. Exhibitors make sure to participate in Wetex annually and this reflects its success in highlighting the latest technologies in these vital sectors, building partnerships, and identifying current and future projects and opportunities for solar projects in the region.”
The Dubai Media Office report stated that UAE accounts for 22% of the total Arab-German trade. Non-oil foreign trade between the two countries in the first nine months of 2018 amounted to $9.3bn (AED34bn), with a 122% growth in UAE’s exports to Germany, compared to the previous year. Re-exports grew by 69% compared to the same period in 2017.
So far, 231 German companies have confirmed their participation at Expo 2020 Dubai, with Germany investing $55.8m (AED15.2m) in its 4,500m2 Sustainability Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai.