UAE and Israel discuss joint water sector ventures


High-level talks on cooperation between the UAE and Israel in the water sector have been taking place in Dubai.

Sherif Al Olama, the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure for Energy and Petroleum Affairs, welcomed a delegation from the Israeli Mekorot Water Company headed by its CEO, Elie Cohen.

The two sides discussed supporting the development of innovative and sustainable solutions.

They also explored the possibilities of creating joint ventures in the water sector.

Al Olama said, "Israeli-UAE relations are expanding and deepening by the day to the benefit of both countries, and there is a particular interest related to the fields of energy, infrastructure, and oil which are key to sustainable development. Given our geography, we are also keen to see the development of innovative and sustainable solutions to optimise water use".

He added, "there is a joint desire to enhance cooperation, which benefits consumers on both sides as we seek through ambitious partnerships to fulfil our commitment to provide the best living conditions for the UAE community, and contribute to the welfare and stability of the region."

Elie Cohen, CEO of Mekorot National Water Company, noted that "The Israeli-UAE relations offers many new opportunities for the region, and one of the most promising involves advances in the water sector, essential to agricultural cultivation and food security. We aspire to create progress through the exchange of experiences, information and ideas, by applying advanced technology, and public-private partnerships. The use of advanced technology to support this sector is indispensable for the continuation of life, especially in the presence of challenges such as water scarcity due to climate change or conflicts facing the world."

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