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Water scarcity is one of the important issues faced by many Arab countries that have experienced over the last two decades a huge population growth, accompanied by an accelerating growth in different areas of both economic and social developments.

Therefore, in order to provide water to meet their local needs, many Arab countries have turned to the sea water desalination, as a strategic option and the desalination industry became one of the most important current industries. Consequently, it was necessary to study and work on the techniques and economics of this industry as well as its feasibility, costs, operation and maintenance and to consider the different environmental issues affecting it and affected by it, which confirms the importance of learning from the past experiences and assessing them in order to benefit therefrom in the reorganization and restructuring of water desalination sector in the region countries.

Several factors, including the population growth, economic growth, available water resources pollution and climate change, are still giving rise to the urgent need for additional reliable water resources; enhancing thus the role of seawater desalination which is considered one of the best solutions for the world water scarcity problems in the 21st century.

Presidency of the Conference
This edition of the Water Desalination Conference in the Arab Countries (ARWADEX) 2019 is held in the city of Cairo in the Arab Republic of Egypt, in cooperation with the Holding Company for Potable Water and Sanitary Drainage, under the umbrella of the Ministry of Housing, Utilities and Urban Development and under the high patronage of H.E. Prime Minister Dr. Mostafa Madbouly. The presidium of the conference is as follows:

Supreme President of the Conference
HE Dr. Mostafa Madbouly
Prime Minister

Chairman of the Conference
HE Engineer Mamdouh Reslan
Chairman of the Board and Managing Director - the Holding Company for Potable Water and Sanitary Drainage

The conference committees are formed by a number of experts, scientists and university professors working all in the field of water desalination, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, civil engineering, and environmental engineering and oceanography from different Arab countries.