The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) has announced that Japan will make its debut at the 21st Water, Energy, Technology, and Environment Exhibition (Wetex 2019), held from 21-23 October at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre (Dicec) under the directives of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, and Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai; and the patronage of HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, Minister of Finance, and President of Dewa.
Japanese companies will present technologies at the exhibition for the construction of large-scale solar power plants; solar panel systems with sun tracking technology; groundwater treatment systems; industrial water treatment systems; advanced light detection and ranging systems; scanning systems; and data processing systems powered by artificial intelligence technologies.
Japanese firms are aiming to expand their presence in the energy and water sectors across the GCC and the Middle East. The UAE is Japan’s largest trade partner in the GCC, receiving the highest share of GCC’s imports from Japan.
The total volume of trade between the UAE and Japan reached $7.46bn (AED27.4bn) in Q1 2019, compared to $8.24bn (AED30.2bn) during the same period in 2018, according to the Japan External Trade Organisation.
Commenting on Japan’s first-ever participation at the Wetex event, managing director and chief executive officer of Dewa, Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, said: “Dewa is working closely with some of the top Japanese companies to complete leading projects in the fields of digital transformation, artificial intelligence, and renewable energy, in addition to projects involving fourth industrial revolution technologies.
He added: "Japanese companies consider Dubai an ideal destination to explore investment opportunities that the emirate, the UAE, and the region provide in the areas of energy, renewable energy, water and the environment."