Dow Leads Discussions on the Water Cycle Integrity

Midland, MICH. - January 31, 2017 -

Dow was invited to participate in a panel entitled “The Water Cycle and Its Integrity” at the International Water Summit, a leading conference that takes place in conjunction with the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi. Both events are hosted by Masdar, and the Summit is endorsed by the UAE Ministry of Environment and Water and the Abu Dhabi Water & Electricity Authority. IWS draws some of the industry’s leading experts from both the public and private sectors to exchange ideas and best practices on how to promote water sustainability in arid regions.

Zakia Bahjou, regional commercial manager for Dow Water & Process Solutions in the Middle East, Africa and Turkey, shared her thoughts that the current linear model applied to water is economically and environmentally unsustainable, and moving to a circular economy can preserve the world’s most vital resource. Bahjou also presented innovations and technologies from Dow that can help utilities and governments to create systems in which water circulates in closed loops, allowing repeated use and meeting the regional water-resource challenge.

Bahjou’s fellow panelists included engineer Faisal Ali Rashid, Director, Demand Side Management, Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, and Anthony Chamboredon, Head of Law Faculty Member, Paris Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi – enriching the dialogue with perspectives from the institutional and public sectors. The presentations were followed by a Q&A session with the audience. Following the panel session, Bahjou further discussed the subject with journalists from leading mainstream and trade media covering the event. She was also a member of the judging panel at the 3rd edition of the Innovate@IWS program, an initiative designed to find and accelerate next generation technologies in water sustainability – bringing together innovators, investors, partners and end-users from across the Middle East and North Africa.