Join the Dutch water sector taking the stage with a packed programme
The countdown has started. The World Expo 2020 Dubai will kick-off on 1 October 2021. The Netherlands will be present with a unique Netherlands Pavilion and impressive Dutch Dubai programme that will include an extensive water track. The Netherlands Water Partnership (NWP) is coordinating the water programme. Dive into the business opportunities Expo 2020 Dubai and the Netherlands Pavilion offer and join the Dutch water programme at Expo 2020 Dubai.
At the heart of the Dutch participation at Expo 2020 Dubai is the unique Netherlands Pavilion. The Netherlands Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai is the embodiment of the innovative and sustainable solutions the Netherlands can offer in the areas of water, energy and food and related fields.
The Netherlands Pavilion is one of the proud finalists of the Gulf Sustainability Awards 2021 under the category Best Sustainability Education or Awareness Programme. Discover the Netherlands Pavilion.
As official sponsor of the Netherlands Pavilion, we are proud to use this platform to welcome and inform a global audience about Dutch water tech solutions and share our vision of how to obtain 100% control over water safety in buildings.
In addition to its unique Pavilion, the Netherlands is also working on an impressive programme. Featuring water, energy, food, circularity and culture, the Netherlands has put together a promising programme with thematic weeks, innovative art exhibitions and exciting business opportunities. Have a look at the Programming Information Pack of the Netherlands’ participation at Expo 2020 Dubai.
In terms of water, the Dutch Dubai water track programme focuses on various theme weeks during Expo Dubai such as the Urban & Rural Development Week in November and the Global Goals week in January 2022. The Dutch water sector will hold several events, sessions, exhibitions and more during these two weeks.
Expo Dubai thematic week: Urban & Rural Development Week
31 October – 6 November
Whether in rural or urban settings, access to safe and affordable living conditions is a fundamental right. With over 70% of the world’s population forecast to live in cities by 2050, and over a billion already living in informal settlements, it is more important than ever to build resilient and sustainable habitats supported by networks of inclusive infrastructure and services. As the demands on cities and communities escalate, Expo Dubai will bring together experts, citizens, and governments to re-think the way habitats – urban and rural, formal and informal – are designed and managed. From innovative transport, sustainable housing and green public spaces to renewable energy and circular economies, the habitats of the future are expected to have sustainability and inclusivity at their core.
The Netherlands is looking forward to showcasing its innovations for sustainable and liveable cities at Expo 2020 Dubai. This week will focus on several themes: water, food, sustainable building and urban mobility.
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) provide a framework for a more effective way of partnering to create a better future through solutions that bring together governments, businesses and knowledge institutions. This seamlessly connects to Deltares’ mission and ambition worldwide.
Dutch water sector event: ‘Two Extremes: Flooding and Heat stress. Resilience challenges and innovations in cities’
Cities from around the world will exchange ideas, share stories of adaptation, and innovative solutions that help address the two extremes they face: more frequent and intense floods in rainy seasons and heat waves during the summer. Finding strategies that help meet ecological (green/grey infrastructure, nature-based solutions), social (participatory design and communities’ programmes), and economic (entrepreneurial innovation, financing for sustainable projects) benefits and showcasing best practices from around the world in a diverse set of contexts.
Expo Dubai thematic week: Global Goals Week
16 – 22 January 2022
The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are our global blueprint for a better world, and a statement of our collective ambition for dignified and equal opportunities for all. Expo 2020 Dubai is an unparalleled opportunity to mobilise citizens around the Global Goals. Events this week will take stock of how far we have come and examine the role played by various actors – including individuals – in the SDGs and explore how we can act together to chart a way forward.
The programme for the Netherlands Pavilion for the Global Goals Week will focus on several themes linked to the SDGs: water, food, energy, sustainable and smart solutions and more. With the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW) and the Water, Energy and Food Trilateral Summit, the Global Goals week features a packed programme.
Hydraloop is excited to host the panel discussion on 'twenty-first century water management in the built environment' at the Global Goals Week.
Dutch water sector event: ‘Water, Energy & Food for Cities, Industries and Agriculture: Global challenges – integrated local solutions’
16 January 2022
The Netherlands will hold a water seminar focused on global challenges and integrated solutions as well as regional issues within the Gulf region. We seek to foster cooperation on water issues in the Gulf region and around the world through local partners while seeking the best approach to forming partnerships and finding solutions to existing challenges.
Water seminar sub-themes:
Integrated Water Resource Management in water-scarce areas
Nexus: water and food connections
Smart mater management - The key to sustainable water treatment
21st century water management in the built environment
The above-mentioned water seminar will take place at the Netherlands Pavilion at the Expo 2020 Dubai, and will be followed by the Netherlands’ participation at the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW), from 17 to 19 January 2022. In terms of content, the seminar will also overlap with the trilateral summit between Netherlands, Jordan and the UAE.
In addition to the two thematic weeks and programmes, NWP will also work on other programmes such as in the Climate & Biodiversity Week (first week of October 2021) and the Water Week (last week of March 2022).
The 17 Sustainable Development Goals recognise the links between well-being, economic prosperity and a healthy environment. Progress towards 12 of the SDGs is directly related to the sustainable use of resources for the production, distribution and use of water, food and energy, with major implications for all ecosystems. Understanding the Water-Energy-Food Nexus is crucial and identifying nexus interdependencies is essential to driving more integrated policy approaches.
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Be there and join the action: Opportunities in the Gulf region
The Gulf region is among the most water-stressed regions in the world. At the same time, it is also one of the highest water-consuming regions. The agricultural sector is by far the largest consumer of water, accounting for around 85% of fresh water consumption, nearly all of which comes from non-renewable underground sources. As with other countries in the region, water scarcity limits the United Arab Emirate’s (UAE) domestic food production. Consequently, the UAE imports most of its food products. Nonetheless, the UAE still intends to pursue further domestic production.
In light of the UAE’s goal to ensure its food security and its need for potable water, this creates many opportunities for cooperation in the water, energy and food sectors.
As the Expo 2020 Dubai is a World Expo, it offers great opportunities for participants to connect and liaise with leading global water experts in the aforementioned thematic weeks.
LG Sonic is proud to be a part of Expo 2020 Dubai. As our company operates internationally, Expo 2020 Dubai is the ideal setting for us to showcase our unique technology that controls harmful algal blooms and brings balance back to aquatic ecosystems.
The framework of the water programme is there. Now it’s time to fill in the details. If you see opportunities for your company or organisation to participate in the programme, show your solutions or meet with prospects in the region, then join the Dutch delegation at Expo 2020 Dubai.