UN back Dubai event to promote World Water Day
DP World and Dubai Municipality team up to promote water efficiency
The United Nations (UN) has backed an event in Dubai promoting World Water Day which saw six companies exhibit ranges of water technology products that reduce consumption.
Hosted by DP World at its headquarters in Jebel Ali in association with Dubai Municipality, the event focused on the importance of freshwater and the sustainable management of water resources.
It is one of a series of initiatives across DP World terminals and offices around the world to mark 2013 as the International Year of Water Cooperation.
Mohammed Al Muallem, senior vice president and managing director, UAE region, said: “We are all custodians of water and it is a resource that we cannot waste especially in the UAE. It is a vital part of all our lives and by taking some simple measures we can all contribute to the preservation of our water supply. Our stewardship of natural resources for future generations is an important part of our responsibility to the country, the region and the planet.”
Salem Mohammed bin Mesmar, assistant director general for health, safety and environment control section at Dubai Municipality, added: “Water scarcity and its availability is a top priority for all countries in the region and we all have a role to play in limiting its use both at work, at school and at home. Education is key going forward and the more we can teach our children about the importance of water and how vital it is to our lives the better for all our futures.”
According to figures from DP World, 85% of the world population lives in the driest half of the planet, with global agricultural water consumption estimated to increase by around 19% by 2050. Economic growth and wealth are also shifting diets from starch-based to meat and dairy, which require more water. Furthermore, an estimated 66% of the Arab world’s available surface freshwater originates outside the region.