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CANCELED: EXPO2020 Dubai kick-off

  • Date 17 March 2020
  • Time 15:30 - 17:00
  • Location Evenementenhal Gorinchem
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CANCELED: EXPO2020 Dubai kick-off

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This event has been canceled as a preventive measure against spreading the coronavirus (Covid-19).

NWP is searching for alternative means to disseminate information on the EXPO2020 Dubai with the network to ensure that the work with and for the Dutch water sector and partners continues. Registrants of these events will be immediately notified

Want to know more about global business opportunities and how to combine them with the possibilities of the Netherlands pavilion and programme at the EXPO2020 in Dubai? Interested in doing business in the Gulf region? Or already active in the region? NWP organizes an EXP2020 Dubai kick-off event during the Aqua Nederland Vakbeurs in Gorinchem. An ideal way to combine a visit to the largest Dutch water technology fair with getting to know more about doing business with global partners during the Expo2020 as well as doing business in the Gulf region.

When: Tuesday, 17 March 2020
Where: Aqua Nederland Vakbeurs, Gorinchem, meeting room 4
Time: 15.30 – 17.00, followed by drinks at the Aqua Lounge


15.30 – Introduction EXPO2020 and the Netherlands Pavilion (Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
15.40 – Water Energy Food Nexus Approach (Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management)
15.50 – Water Programme EXPO2020 and market opportunities in the region (Netherlands Water
16.00 – 16.45 Round table discussions
- Urban Resilience (Netherlands Water Partnership)
- Water Energy Food Nexus & Water technology (I&W)
- Working in the GCC (Netherlands Enterprise Agency)
16.45 – 17.00 - Plenary Feedback & Conclusions


Expected to attract 25 million visits from 192 nations between October 2020 and April 2021, the World Expo in the United Arab Emirates is set to make history. These numbers alone make EXPO 2020 the ideal stage for ambitious Dutch water businesses and organisations. This global event is an
extraordinary springboard for business and trade in the region well beyond 2020. Now is the time to get in and showcase the kind of innovative and sustainable solutions that the Kingdom of the Netherlands is known for, with a particular focus on the areas of water, energy and food.

Opportunities in the Gulf region
The Gulf region is among the most water-stressed areas in the world. At the same time, it is also one of the highest water-consuming areas. The agricultural sector is by far the largest consumer of water in the Gulf region, accounting for around 85% of fresh water, nearly all of which comes from nonrenewable underground sources. As with other countries in the region, water scarcity limits the UAE’s domestic food production. Consequently, the UAE must import most of its food products. Nonetheless, the ambition to pursue further domestic production remains. In light of the UAE’s ambition to ensure its food security and its need for potable water, this creates many opportunities for cooperation in the water, energy and food sectors.