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Posted On: 21 December 2012 11:36 am
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:12 pm

Doha to host Middle East water summit next year

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WaterWorld Middle East 2013 conference and exhibition will bring the global water sector together at the Qatar National Convention Centre from February 4 to 6 next year. Organised by PennWell in partnership with Qatar’s Public Works Authority (Ashghal) as platinum sponsor, WaterWorld Middle East 2013 will showcase Qatar and the region’s biggest opportunities in the water sector. The strategic and technical conference will feature Nasser Al Kuwari, Manager of the Drainage Projects Department at Ashghal, delivering a presentation on Qatar’s Inner Doha Re-sewerage implementation strategy (IDRIS) programme. The IDRIS programme is designed to provide new municipal drainage and wastewater treatment for Doha south area and is set for completion in 2019. Other event supporters will include the Arab Countries Water Utility Association (ACWUA) and industry analysts, Frost & Sullivan, as the Knowledge Partner. The conference and exhibition will see over 50 speakers and eminent chairs and speakers from 20 countries around the world deliver presentations and panel discussions in response to the opportunities and challenges in water supply and sanitation in the MENA region. Top speakers across two conference tracks will include presentations by Dr Corrado Sommariva, president of the International Desalination Association, Khalil Atasi, chief executive officer of CDM-Arabia, Prof Thomas Missmer from the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) and Dr Ilham Kadri, General Manager MEA, Dow Water and Process Solutions, UAE. Key conference topics to be discussed at WaterWorld’s Middle East will include Utility Management; Water Resource Management; Wastewater Reuse; Industrial Water Treatment; Technology Debate: Wastewater Options. A panel debate on “Desalination’s Changing Landscape – Thermal to RO”, will bring together representatives of thermal, membrane, hybrid and forward osmosis desalination to discuss the latest projects, results and technologies in lively comparative debate. Tom Freyberg, Conference Director of WaterWorld Middle East, said: “A clear technology shift is being witnessed in the conversion of seawater to potable, drinking water. For decades Qatar and other Middle Eastern nations heavily relied on giant thermal desalination facilities. Yet increasing water scarcity and lower cost membranes are meaning large scale, plants are coming online. The Peninsula