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United Arab Emirates

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Area: 5888268 km2
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3.31 out of 5
WWF Country Risk Score
15 out of 248 Countries
WWF Country Rank
Total Organizations: 13
Total Projects: 4
Priority SDGs: Sustainable Agriculture (SDG 2.4)
Increase Access to Water, Sanitation, Hygiene (SDG 6.1 & 6.2)
Water Quality (SDG 6.3)
Water Use Efficiency (SDG 6.4)
Integrated Water Resource Management (SDG 6.5)
Protect and Restore Ecosystems (SDG 6.6)
International Cooperation and Capacity Building (SDG 6.a)
Water-Related Disaster Management (SDG 11.5)
Sustainable Production (SDG 12.4)
Climate Resilience and Adaptation (SDG 13.1)
Priority Regions: --
Priority Industries: Biotech, health care & pharma
Food, beverage & agriculture
Fossil fuels
Power generation
Organization Types:
Coalition / Consortium
Multi-stakeholder Organization
Utility / Water Service Provider
Profile Completion: 64%

Water-Related Challenge Costs

Total annual estimated cost to address all water-related challenges: $1,148,304,232.00

Share of total annual estimated cost to address each individual challenge (2015 $USD):

  • Access to Drinking Water: $288,875,230.00 - [25%]
  • Access to Sanitation: $235,592,080.00 - [21%]
  • Industrial Pollution: $4,452,274.00 - [0%]
  • Agricultural Pollution: --
  • Water Scarcity: $428,000,609.00 - [37%]
  • Water Management: $191,384,039.00 - [17%]

For more about this data, see information on WRI’s Achieving Abundance dataset here.

Water Challenges

As reported by organizations on the Hub.

Access to Water Supply and Water Services
Compliance with Local Regulations and Widely-Accepted Standards
Local Water Resource Governance
Upstream Water Issues
Water Demand and Competition among Users
Water Pricing

Country Overview

1.1.2.WATER USE Total water withdrawal was estimated at 3,998 million m3 in 2005. Distribution by sector is not available at national level but in the Abu Dhabi Emirate, where total water used was 3,382 million m3 in 2003, 83 per cent was used for irrigation (agriculture, forestry and amenities), 15 per cent for municipal purposes and less than 2 per cent for industrial purposes. Over 70 per cent of the total water withdrawal was primary groundwater (including fossil water), 24 per cent was desalinated water and around 6 per cent was reused treated wastewater. Historically, all the Abu Dhabi Emirate’s water requirements were met solely from primary groundwater obtained from shallow hand-dug wells and the traditional falaj system, comprising human-made channels used to collect groundwater, spring water and surface water and transport it, by using gravity, to a demand area. Since the entire Emirate’s falaj irrigation tunnels are now dry, a system of borehole support has been developed over the last 5–10 years (Brook et al., 2006). In 2003 the former Ministry of Electricity and Water (current Ministry of Environment and Water) reported that 76,556 wells were in use throughout the UAE. Groundwater depletion is hard to estimate because there is no information on the possible annual recharge of groundwater entering from neighbouring countries (for example from the Eastern Arabia Aquifer). In any case, the over-extraction of groundwater resources is real and has led to a lowering of the groundwater table, while seawater intrusion is increasing in the coastal areas.

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Organizations in United Arab Emirates

We are committed to conducting our business in an environmentally responsible manner, supporting the long-term health of the planet, the success of customers and our people. Our environmental sustainability strategy aims to drive climate action throughout our value chain, use … Learn More

To create and implement innovative, environmentally friendly wastewater treatment and reuse solutions for any situation anywhere in the world. System O)) are various certified wastewater treatment solutions in terms of performance by the United States, Canada, Europe, and many others. … Learn More

Desolenator is a transformative approach to water provisioning: Our world-first solar thermal desalination solution harnesses 4x more solar energy, to turn seawater or brackish water into high quality, pure water with zero harm to the planet. Protecting critical business assets … Learn More

Douglas Valley aims to implement professional and sustainable groundwater abstraction systems in the useable groundwater, geothermal and mine water sectors. The company strives to provide clean, environmentally complient and sustainable water practises to allow communities and businesses to have a … Learn More

Creating a cleaner, greener and safer world together. Our mission is to provide clients with an integrated Environmental management solution that fits in with each individual business requirement and is aimed at enhancing revenue potential. Fakhruddin Environmental Consultants and Studies … Learn More

Application of IoT on Hydro-Geophysics in conjunction with Water Divining in Study/Exploration of Water Resources, their Exploitation &amp; Management. It is the combination of Remote Sensing, Big Data Resources Processing, Instrumentation, Real-time Data Collection from a larger or regional network … Learn More

Conserve water and help secure water access in those areas at greatest risk: Implement tools to reduce the water footprint of our hotels Mitigate water risk through stakeholder collaboration to deliver water stewardship at basin level Collaborate to ensure adequate … Learn More

For as long as nearly 70 years since its founding in 1949, Kurita Water Industries has been consistently operating in two areas of "water and the environment." To cater to diverse customer needs, the Kurita Group provides comprehensive solutions by … Learn More

Metito is the leading provider of choice for total intelligent water management solutions in the emerging markets with operations covering three business areas: design and build, chemicals, and utilities. Learn More

Microsoft's mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. Learn More

Support and develop Pakistan as a central hub for developing a sustainable supply chain ecosystem with Halal standards. Making Pakistan a well-known Halal international hub that aligning United Nation’s 17 sustainable goals and promotes WAQF from Halal culture to contribute … Learn More

UAE Students is one of the largest blogging platform where you can catch tons of knowledge related to education, Tech, travel and many other informative topics. Moreover, you can also find some useful career advices on our platform. Learn More

Water Offsets is a vertically integrated WaterTECH company, working in high water stress countries to deliver water resilient communities, companies and cities. Many cities are experiencing rapid urbanisation, climate change, floods, droughts, dwindling water resources resulting in poor water supply, … Learn More

Projects in United Arab Emirates

Desolenator delivered the world’s first scaled solar thermal desalination plant last year for world-leading utility, the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), driving net-zero desalination at scale. The plant is currently producing 25m^3 of water/day and is a global showcase … Learn More

Created in 2015 this project aims at: – Preserving ecosystems by planting native Ghaf trees – Depolluting soils and air near waste treatment areas – Enhancing environmental awareness and culture “The ghaf tree is a part of our Arabian heritage … Learn More

Our company Maithri Aquatech has developed MEGHDOOT (which in Sanskrit means Messenger of the Clouds), an Atmospheric Water Generator which produces the purest form of potable water from the humidity present in the AIR! The water is also microbe-free and … Learn More

Project WET is currently active in more than 75 countries around the world through a network of partner organizations that range from small NGOs to major international corporations and organizations. We only go where we’re invited! We work with our … Learn More

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