Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) announced the conclusion of the 21st Water, Energy, Technology, and Environment Exhibition (Wetex 2019) stating that the event, which hosted 2,350 exhibitors from 55 countries, attracted 38,718 visitors during the exhibition held on 21-23 October, 2019, at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre (Dicec) under the guidance 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, UAE Minister of Finance and president of Dewa.
The next edition of the exhibition, Wetex 2020, will be held on 26-28 October, 2020, at the site of Expo 2020 Dubai, according to managing director and chief executive officer of Dewa, founder and chairman of Wetex, and chairman of WGES, HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer.
In collaboration with experts and specialists from local and international companies working in energy, water, technology, sustainability, and the environment, Dewa organised 30 seminars at Wetex 2019, which focused on micro-grid control systems; best practices in energy-efficiency tools, systems, and smart meters; the effective application of artificial intelligence and advanced analytics; alternative and renewable energy; future energy systems; efficient network management; energy storage and network stability; smart solutions for energy efficiency, sustainability, and rationalisation; environmentally friendly cables; promotion of sustainability by using energy models; building information modelling (BIM); and preservation of the environment, among other topics.
Wetex 2019 was held in conjunction with the fourth Dubai Solar Show, which highlighted prominent innovations in operations, maintenance, research and development, and other aspects of interest for the renewable energy sector. Panellists discussed key topics such as the creation of an energy innovation contracting market; working to reduce carbon emissions in the transport sector through electric vehicles and green hydrogen-based transport technologies; as well as enhancing solar power to provide fresh water in the Middle East and North Africa.
Commenting on Wetex 2019, Al Tayer said: “Wetex is a leading global platform that highlights the strong link between sustainability and the Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies, the impact of disruptive technologies, digital transformation, AI and research and development into clean energy and water production.”
Al Tayer added: “The event has proven its international status as an integrated platform for energy, water and environmental companies, to promote their innovative products, services and technologies, and to meet decision-makers, investors, buyers and visitors from around the world to close deals and build partnerships, and to review the latest technologies and developments in these major sectors.”