Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Managing Director and CEO of DEWA, ​​said: “Water security affects 40% of the world’s population. [It] is a matter of national security for the UAE and is one of the seven strategic sectors of the National Innovation Strategy. To ensure access to water for all, the UAE Water Security Strategy 2036 aims to ensure sustainable access to water under normal and emergency conditions, as well as to address the future long-term water security challenges.

During a dedicated conversation on the UAE Water Security Strategy 2036, Suhail Muhammad Faraj Al Mazrouei, Minister of Energy and Infrastructure, said, “People don’t know that in the UAE, we consume more soil than we consume from all the desalination plants in the country.

He added: “When you understand the amount of rain we are getting, it is obvious that we are depleting our aquifers – and that needs to stop. So we had to think at the time: “How can we provide desalinated water at an affordable price so that farmers stop drawing from groundwater? And no one had – it was very difficult. If you ask anyone, cost-wise, it’s very difficult.

The overall objectives of the strategy, unveiled in September 2017, are to reduce total demand for water resources by 21%; increase the water productivity index to $110 per cubic meter; reduce the water scarcity index; increase the reuse of treated water to 95%; and increase the national water storage capacity for up to two days.