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Opening Ceremony

Every year, the world-class Opening Ceremony at the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week is the launch point for four days of debate, discussion and cooperation focused around the trends, strategies and developments in energy efficiency and clean technologies for the water sector. Attended by over 3,400 delegates – from world leaders and policymakers to business leaders, scientists and academics – it brings the world’s sustainability community together.

Abu Dhabi Global Action Day at Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week is a high-level event aimed at turning the ambitious goals of COP 21, the Paris Climate Agreement and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development into practical and innovative policy, investment, technology and partnership solutions.

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ICC Hall, Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre – view location here


8:30 Guest seating starts in ICC hall, ADNEC
9:30 ICC doors close ; Presentation of the Zayed Future Energy Prize Finalists starts
10:30 Opening Ceremony starts followed by the Zayed Future Energy Prize Awards
12:00 End of Ceremony

Note: Timings are subject to change/modifications – please visit the site regularly for any update.


We recommend car-pooling or taxi drop off in view of the high traffic expected around the venue. Otherwise, please use car park A or B of ADNEC - view location here


To avoid any delay, please reach the ICC hall - ADNEC at 8.30 am as no admittance to the opening ceremony will be guaranteed after 9:30 am.


Please note your pass must be worn and clearly displayed at all times. Your pass is strictly non-transferable and any usage of the badge by an unauthorized person may result in the badge holder facing legal repercussions. Please keep a valid identity card with you to collect your badge or for registration


  • Summits like IWS are pure gold for networking opportunities. For the opportunity to not just meet with clients, but also to meet with some of those technology companies. This is their shop window, this is where they get to reach out to the world. We spend a lot of time hunting those technologies, and trying to make sure that the connections are made.IWS is exceptional for that, it’s been running for a good few years, and we are delighted to be here building upon the success of previous events.
    Dr. Piers Clark, Chairman
    Isle Utilities
  • There has never been a greater opportunity to make real progress towards sustainable development and to create an economic potential that could drive sustained growth for future generations. Let us start here at ADSW to build bridges between governments and business and create durable partnerships. Let us be brave, bold and ambitious and use this week to maintain the momentum and capitalise on this historic opportunity to lift the global economy and shape a practical pathway towards a sustainable future.
  • The gap between natural water supply and demand, estimated today at 43 km³/year in the Arab region, is expected to triple to 127 km³/year by 2030-2020. UNDP Water Governance in the Arab Region report






Co-located with

  • wfes
  • solar expo
  • energy efficiency
  • ecowaste