Opportunities in water in the Gulf region

The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region is highly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, being considered the most water-scarce region in the world.

GCC water challenges

If global temperatures continue to rise, the MENA region will experience an above average increase in temperatures, decrease in rainfall and rising sea levels. These higher temperatures will increase the level of water loss as a result of evaporation (of water) and transpiration (from plants). Simultaneously, the drop in rainfall will increase stress on water resources.

Global water consumption is doubling every 20 years, more than twice the rate of population growth. This is one of the world’s most pressing issues, both economically and socially, and is especially important in arid regions such as the GCC.

The difficulties facing GCC member states in securing sustainable water supplies are likely to increase, given the scarcity of natural water resources. Scarcity, combined with minimal rainfall, high evaporation, population growth and an increase in demand are just some of the reasons why the region’s water resources are decreasing.

Market report Opportunities in the Gulf water sector

The economic network in the GCC has commissioned a report to provide insights into the GCC water market and to identify possible business opportunities for Dutch water technology companies across different economic segments and countries.