Abu Dhabi, January 20 – Israeli tech company Watergen has supplied generators that create drinking water from the air to Abu Dhabi’s National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC), the largest in the Middle East. Fresh drinking water from the air is available at the World Future Energy Summit 2022, the leading international business event and exhibition for future energy, clean-tech, and sustainability. It is the first exhibition of this magnitude to become plastic-free, with clean drinking water produced from the air available to all attendees. 

In a deal between ADNEC and Watergen estimated at several million shekels, Watergen provided and installed fifteen industrial-sized devices throughout the complex that are connected to its water system. The company will also provide maintenance for the devices. The deal is intended to address the UAE’s shortage of drinking water, while supporting the government’s goal of eradicating plastic waste in Abu Dhabi.  The World Future Energy Summit is part of that initiative, under the auspices of the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA), in partnership with the Abu Dhabi Department of Energy.

To cater to ADNEC’s 34,000 daily visitors, Watergen installed its GEN-M PRO water-from-air generators, which provide an estimated 13.5 thousand liters of water on a daily basis. The installation involved a complex logistical operation in the 133,000-square meter facility, which was developed by UAE President Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan in 2007 and designed by the internationally acclaimed architectural firm RMJM.

Watergen was one of the first Israeli companies to operate in the UAE after the signing of the Abraham Accords, signing a partnership agreement with Emirati company Al Dahra in November 2020. They formed Watergen Baynunah, to manufacture and distribute water-from-air generators in Abu Dhabi and distribute them throughout the UAE, the Gulf States and Africa. Watergen Baynunah installed the devices at the exhibition center, following the installation of similar devices in a number of public places throughout Abu Dhabi.

“The Abraham Accords has given countries in the Middle East the opportunity to improve and advance relations in various fields,” said Dr. Michael Mirilashvili, CEO and President of Watergen. “Thanks to the agreements, we - an Israeli company - have the right to cooperate and solve one of the Middle East’s most challenging problems - water scarcity. Throughout history people have fought each other over water sources. Today we are doing the opposite, building peace and a common future around a groundbreaking Israeli technology that will provide water to all residents of the UAE and the world.”

Watergen's innovative technology makes it possible to produce clean, fresh drinking water from moisture in the air without having to connect to a water source. This innovative Israeli technology is a unique solution for countries where there is insufficient access to potable water. Watergen devices use a standard connection to electricity or solar panels and can produce up to 6,000 liters of drinking water per day. Watergen’s generators operate in more than 60 countries including Africa, South America, Central America, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, the United States, and the United Arab Emirates. The company's devices are located in remote villages, hospitals, city centers, public parks, schools, office buildings of global companies such as Google and Microsoft, and are even used by rescue forces in disaster situations.