Dubai EXPO 2020 (2021-2022)

Between 1 October 2021 and 31 March 2022, the 35th World Exhibition will take place in Dubai. It is the first world exhibition in the Middle East. Under the theme 'Connecting minds, creating the future', 170 participating countries present ideas, innovations and technologies. Deltares is one of the participating partners in the nexus of water, energy and food.

Nexus water, energy and food for a better climate

Global issues in the field of water, the growing demand for energy, and food security also play an important role in the Gulf region. The Gulf countries are the largest consumers per capita of water and energy and a large part of the food is imported. That has to change and can be more sustainable, according these countries.
The Netherlands likes to think along and investigates the possibilities to connect water, energy and food issues in a sustainable and future-proof way. With a trendsetting pavilion where new circular concepts are presented and provision is made for managing a natural indoor climate, the Netherlands is showing the innovative power to capitalize on the opportunities for a sustainable world both in the Gulf region and beyond.

Deltares in the Gulf region

Deltares, an applied research institute in the fields of water, subsurface, and infrastructure, is a knowledge partner to various stakeholders (including local governments and authorities) in the GCC region and provides expert knowledge related to a range of societal challenges, including climate change adaptation, the energy transition, water security & integrated water resources management, resilient cities and infrastructure, and other topics related to the Sustainable Development Goals. Deltares further collaborates with research institutes and universities in the region for developing knowledge on these relevant topics and provides open-source software (such as Delft3D) and the Gulf Community Model initiative (see or open software-platform such as Delft-FEWS.

Next to this, Deltares provides expert consultancy services in the fields of hydraulic and geotechnical engineering and software, such as the WANDA pipeline modelling software that is widely used in the region. Key projects in the region include contributions to the development of the Palm Islands and a Climate Change Adaptation strategy for Dubai, and the Gulf Basin Diagnostic Analysis project (World Bank) in which we supported identification of water-related problems in regional waters and identified potential strategies for prevention and remediation..

More information about the Deltares symposia, workshops and events during the Dubai EXPO 2020 (2021-2022) will follow in the course of 2021.