DUBAI – The Middle East Electricity exhibition, started on Tuesday, is expected to host over 50,000 trade visitors, according to its organiser IIR Middle East. The show, which is the region’s largest trade show for the power and energy sector, inaugurated by Shaikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President, Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, accompanied by Saeed Mohammad Al Tayer, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority.
The event organiser confirmed that all available exhibition space has been sold to over 1,000 exhibitors from 58 countries covering 45,000 square metres of exhibition space this year. The event also include the inaugural Leaders’ Forum and Lighting at Middle East Electricity.
Now in its 36th year, the event comes at a time when the UAE is expecting primary energy demand to increase by 71 per cent by 2019. Across the Gulf, Kuwait also plans to double power capacity to 20,000 megawatts (MW) by 2020 and Saudi Arabia’s power consumption is set to rise 57 per cent to 65,000 megawatts by 2018.
The show hosted the global launch of an important new integrated water extraction and distribution solution from British firm Lister Petter. The significant savings in terms of cost and time are achieved through enabling a single shaft to be used for the exploration, testing and pumping phases of the process.
“Already, we have had intense interest from companies across the Middle East and North Africa, ranging from those involved in humanitarian aid, agricultural organisations who need water for irrigation of crops and numerous other commercial requirements, because of the spiraling energy costs and water shortages widely recognised across the region,” said Bob Bell, Director, Lister Petter Group.
“This is a significant breakthrough for many countries within the MENA region that suffer from water shortages. Indeed compared with the sustainability and cost of traditional desalination units, makes a compelling business and environmental case for new technology like this,” said Anita Mathews, Exhibition Director, Middle East Electricity 2011. — firstname.lastname@example.org