The Water, Energy, Technology, and Environment Exhibition (WETEX 2014), which is held 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 of the UAE and President of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), has registered impressive growth in exhibition space and products showcased.
The number of exhibitors at (WETEX 2014) which will be held from April 14 to 16 at Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre has crossed 1500, a four-fold rise since its launch in 1999, consolidating its position as one of the world’s major specialised exhibitions.
The exhibition area has also increased four-fold since 1999, with a total area of 47,230 sq.m. spread across 9 halls of the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre. WETEX has seen over 56 times increase in its visitors’ numbers between 1999 and 2013. The exhibition is expected to attract 20,000 visitors in its 2014 edition.
HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Managing Director and CEO of DEWA, said: “WETEX has achieved remarkable growth, as a result of hard work of the organising committee at all levels. What is also worth mentioning is the quality additions to the exhibition and the wider number of sectors represented.”
“We have seen remarkable additions to the exhibitors list, such as the oil and gas sector. We have developed multiple concepts and proposals centered on the principles of environmental sustainability. We also added SmarTech Shopper, a first-of-its-kind platform in the region for green products. In addition, we strengthened our partnerships to promote a culture of sustainability mainly through the Sustainable Building concept launched on the sidelines of the exhibition in line with many other innovative concepts,” HE Al Tayer added.
WETEX has significantly contributed to promoting the energy sector in Dubai on the global level, giving the emirate opportunities to support and adopt major energy-focused events, such as the World Energy Forum in 2012 and the World Green Economy Summit in 2014 which will be held concurrently with the exhibition in collaboration with Dubai Green Economy Partnership under the theme “Global Partnerships, Sustainable Future”, with the participation of leading experts from the areas of energy and business, as well as government leaders and international organisations.
DEWA will launch the first ‘Green Week’ on the sidelines of WETEX 2014. It will include a series of community events targeting all segments of society, including children and students with a wide participation from organizations and entities specialised in green products. The Green Week will also include workshops for students, social media competitions and allocated stands for participating companies and organisations to showcase eco-friendly products.
The seminars organised during WETEX every year are attracting worldwide attention. We have succeeded in bringing together a group of experts and specialists in water, energy and environment sectors. “These discussion forums have increased the number of visitors who will benefit from the new technologies, best practices and expertise showcased by exhibitors,” HE Al Tayer concluded.
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