Israeli-Emirati companies sign first of its kind water research program deal
Watergen CEO and founder: The Abraham Accords has given countries in the Middle East the opportunity to improve and advance relations in various fields
By ILANIT CHERNICK
In another amazing first for Israel and the UAE, an official agreement to launch a joint Israeli-Emirati Water Research Program was recently signed in Abu Dhabi.
According to Watergen, an Israeli company that produces water from air, the Water Research Program is being established as part of a strategic commercial collaboration between Watergen, and Baynunah, a sister company of Al Dahra Group, an Emirati agriculture group that specializes in food security.
The two are also aiming to work closely together with the Moshe Mirilashvili Institute for Applied Water Studies at Tel Aviv University (TAU).
Commenting on the agreement, Watergen’s president and CEO, Dr. Michael Mirilashvili highlighted that the Abraham Accords “has given countries in the Middle East the opportunity to improve and advance relations in various fields.”
“Thanks to the agreements, we – an Israeli company – are able to cooperate with our Middle East neighbors to solve one the region’s difficult problems – water scarcity,” he said. “Throughout history, conflicts have often been centered around controlling water sources.”
Mirilashvili stressed that by signing this agreement, they are doing the opposite and bringing about peace.
“[We are] building peace and a common future around a groundbreaking Israeli technology that will provide a plug-and-play solution which allows all residents of the UAE and the world an unlimited access to off grid, top quality and pure drinking water,” he said.
Adding to this TAU vice president Prof. Milette Shamir, said that the “research at the joint water program will build on our special academic strengths, and will open a path for collaboration with the UAE in other mutual areas of research, as well as to student and faculty exchange programs.”
In addition to this momentous occasion, Watergen and Baynunah also laid the cornerstone for a Watergen production facility in the UAE.
“This joint venture will commercialize Watergen products in the United Arab Emirates, the Gulf States, and Africa,” Mirilashvili said, pointing out that this joint venture “has already been collaborating with local clients, leading to dozens of Watergen devices being already deployed for the benefit of its residents, forming the initial stage of one of this joint venture missions, namely to deploy thousands of Watergen devices all across the UAE.”
He concluded that this partnership between Watergen and Baynunah also “expands the commercial footprint of Watergen in the region, while serving as a catalyst in strengthening the ties between the two nations.”
Through its innovative water-from-air technology, Watergen’s devices are able to produce “top quality pure, and fresh drinking water solely from the air” and can even produce up to 6,000 liters of drinking water a day. The devices are also powered either through standard electricity connections or alternative energy sources such as solar panels.
Watergen has assisted over 80 countries with devices being deployed in areas that have suffered natural disasters, remote villages that have a lack of drinking water, hospitals, public parks and more.