Water & The UAE


As one of the most arid countries in the world, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is a globally recognised, responsible leader for its commitment to solve the challenges of water conservation, management and security.

Sustainability is at the heart of the country’s growth strategy and the UAE is actively promoting the adoption of the most innovative technologies to reduce water consumption, to minimise waste and to protect the environment. These pivotal actions enable the UAE to ensure a water-secure and sustainable future.

Fast Facts:

  • The UAE is one of the top 10 water-scarce countries in the world due to its hyper arid climate - less than 100 mm/year rainfall
  • The UAE consumes more water than double the global national average
  • The UAE ranks as the world’s second largest desalination producer
  • The UAE accounts for 14 percent of the world’s desalinated water
  • In the UAE, seawater desalination requires about 10 times more energy than surface fresh water production, and its costs are projected to increase by 300 percent
  • The Fujairah power and desalination plant, producing 455,000 cubic metres of water per day, stands as the largest desalination hybrid plant in the world
  • Masdar recently launched a pilot programme to test and develop advanced energy-efficient seawater desalination technologies suitable to be powered solely by renewable energy sources.
  • His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, in 2013, issued a call to action to improve water security across the UAE.
  • His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai recently launched the National Innovation Strategy, marking 2015 as the UAE’s Year of Innovation and placing water as a key sector