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Following Dubai Green and Abu Dhabi Green in 2008, Sesam Business Consultants and Green Technologies FZCO introduce a series of training workshops on sustainability for 2009 in the UAE. These modular training workshops are envisaged to provide a complete knowledge and understanding of all encompassing topics, the local and international perspectives and their applicability to the UAE. The series is developed and offered in cooperation with the Canadian University Dubai and is endorsed by the Architecture Association aaUAE.

In cooperation with Enpark, the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Epoc Messe Frankfurt the organizers now present "Water Days" as the second part of the series. Guided by the principles of re-duce, re-use and re-cycle Water Days concentrates on integrating sustainable water and waste water management.

Water Days comprises conference, training workshop, open debate and project tours. The event offers full catering, certification of attendance by the Canadian University of Dubai, download of presentations following the event and organized networking according to industries and topics.

As all previous conferences, "Water Days" will be made CO2-neutral by investing into carbon offsetting projects. We leave a green Footprint! Footprint!

Day 1 - Conference Program July 7th,2009
at the Congress Centre at Dubai Knowledge Village

    8:00 am: Registration and Welcome Coffee

Morning Session
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Chairwoman: Holley Chant
Ali bin Towaih:
Welcome Note and Introduction of Water Management in the UAE
Armen Vartanian:
Carbon Footprint of Water and Wastewater in the UAE
Dr. Mohamed Raouf:
(Gulf Research Centre)
Today's challenges of water management in the UAE
Hari Sathya:
(Tuev Nord)
Water technology and technical aspects of water management
Mario Seneviratne:
(Green Technologies)
LEED Version 3 - Integrated Strategy for Water Use Reduction
Coffee Break

Eugene P. El- Achkar:
Saving water in our daily environment
Kay Gunther Gabriel:
(ItN Nanovation AG)
Total Water Management
Frank Mewes:
Systems for grey water using, drainage and energy savings by pumps
Mohamed Ali Vaid:
Solutions for Wastewater Treatment and Recycle in Green Buildings
Lunch Break
Afternoon Session
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Chairman: Ivar Krasinski
Grant Donald:
(Silktree International)
Effective water management in landscape design
Peter Neuschaefer:
(Waagner Biro Gulf)
Sustainable wastewater treatment practices and the challenge of climate changes
(Verdaus Landscape Architects)
Water sensitive urban design: in context
Markus Stebich:
(RKW Rhode Kellermann Wawrowsky)
Sustainable Water Use in the Hospitality Industry: The Roles and Responsibilities of the Designer and the Operator

Green Lounge: 3pm - 4pm

With Holley Chant, Grant Donald, Peter Neuschaefer, Dr. Mohamed Raouf, Mario Seneviratne and Mohamed Ali Vaid


Evening Session
7:07 pm – 10:00 pm

Gettogether and smart networking hosted by conject international FZ LLC

Water Days buffet with more than just a glass of water!

Location: Business Central Towers, Media City

(Only for registered delegates and limited in numbers)


Day 2 - Training Workshop - July 8, 2009

    8:00 am: Registration and Welcome Coffee

Workshop 1
9:00 am – 11:00 am
Mario Seneviratne:
(Green Technologies)

Completing LEED NC Version 2.2 Project Specific Design Templates

Pioneers in the application of LEED in this region, will work with the Workshop participants to take them through a LEED Project from Concept to Completion, as pertaining to the Water Efficiency Section of the LEED for New Construction & Major Renovations Version 2.2. This will include;

  • Goal Setting
  • Applicable Technologies
  • Applicable Calculations
  • Completion of the LEED Templates for submission to the USGBC.

The completion of the workshop will provide the participants with the knowledge and confidence of addressing the Water Efficiency credits 1 to 3 of the LEED NC Version 2.2.

Lunch Break
Workshop 2
11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Kay Gabriel:
(ItN Nanovation AG)

Water Reuse Technologies using Membrane Filtration Systems

  • Overview of common Water Treatment Technologies
  • Design criteria for different Reuse applications
  • Applications in Buildings and case study
  • Membrane filtration systems in comparison
  • Reuse solutions for Blackwater, Greywater and "Whitewater" Treatment


Project Tour
2:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Visit of a Greywater Treatment Test Plant in Jebel Ali


Proven contributors to global warming are the emissions of greenhouse gases, one of them being carbon dioxide, CO2. In our everyday life it is
unavoidable to cause CO2 emission, to emission and leave a so-called CO2 footprint.

It is possible to compensate unavoidable CO2 emissions by projects that lead to a direct greenhouse gas reduction, support climate protection and
sustainable development. These so called “offset projects”, offered by our cooperation partner myclimate, have to fulfill strict regulations. For
more information please visit

The organizer undertakes to offset the full amount of CO2 emission caused by the event of Water Days. It is our aim to lead with a good example and
to leave a green footprint.

Traveling by car from Dubai to Abu Dhabi in a regular car produces 33kg CO2.

A roundtrip flight (economy) from London to Abu Dhabi will produce 2.45tonnes of CO2 emission.

One year use of a fridge can cause a CO2 emission of around 100kg CO2/year.

Registration Online

  • Regular fee of 110 USD (405 AED) per delegate from 29 June till 4 July 2009
  • Regular fee of 300 USD (1,100 AED) per delegate from 29 June till 4 July 2009


Sponsors & Partners

Silver SPONSORS:    
Academic PARTNERS:    
Supporting PARTNERS:
Fraunhofer Roedl, Meyer-Reumann Middle East Ltd.
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