The 3rd MENA Desalination Projects Forum, taking place at Conrad Etihad Towers Abu Dhabi from March 15-16, 2022, examines the depth of the situation in water scarcity and desalination projects and discuss way forward – in line with the climate change target and reduction in emissions by 2030 and 2050The annual cost of demand gap for desalinated water in the MENA region could go as high as US$300 ‑ US$400 billion from the current US$104 billion per year.

Investment in the desalination projects in MENA has increased substantially in recent years and accounts for 48 percent of global desalination projects, with further investments expected to spur the market to $4.3 billion by 2022;Countries within the MENA region will add an estimated 20GW of solar capacity and 5-6GW of wind by 2025 as seawater desalination capacity of GCC countries is expected to grow further by approximately 37 percent during the next five years, with investments of up to $100 billion;The global desalination market is predicted to grow from $17.7 billion in 2020 to $32.1 billion by 2027;Today, a citizen of MENA region has a little over 1,000 cubic metres for their use, compared to a global average of over 7,000 cubic metres.