Middle East Water, 2021 – Water and Wastewater Project and Investment Opportunities in the Middle East and North Africa – MEED Insights

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While the Covid-19 pandemic has damaged prospects across many of the region’s traditional business sectors, it has boosted the outlook for water and wastewater investment in the Middle East and North Africa.

In a region characterised by a lack of rivers, lakes and rainfall, water security has long been a priority, but the pandemic has refocused Middle East states on the vital importance of water security.

GCC water demand is set to rise by about 62 per cent by 2025. Demand growth on this scale necessitates significant capital investment in new capacity. Such investment is happening. About $80bn-worth of water and wastewater projects are currently planned or underway across the GCC. Governments are backing large-scale strategic investment programmes to increase water production and storage capacity, to expand wastewater and sewage treatment capacity, and to modernise dilapidated water transmission and distribution networks.

Already established in the desalination sector, the PPP model is growing in importance in sewage treatment, transmission and storage.


This report is the latest premium market intelligence report from MEED, the world’s leading provider of Middle East business intelligence.

It provides a comprehensive snapshot of the growing business and project opportunities in the Middle East’s water and wastewater sector.

Using exclusive data from MEED’s project tracking database MEED Projects. Middle East Water 2021 provides a detailed review of investment plans across the region, and it assesses the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the market, along with other commercial and technological challenges.

Written by MEED, the Middle East market experts within the GlobalData Group, “Middle East Water, 2021” is a high-value asset for anyone doing business in Middle East water.

Reasons to Buy

Covers 13 countries in the Middle East and North Africa

Comprehensive snapshot of business and project opportunities in the Middle East’s water and wastewater sector

Exclusive data from MEED’s project tracking database MEED Projects, Middle East Water 2021

Detailed review of water and wastewater investment plans across the Middle East and North Africa

Includes an assessment of the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the market

Examines commercial and technological challenges

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

1.Middle East water and wastewater

1.1 Market overview

1.1.1 Covid crisis unsettles water demand and supply

1.1.2 Mena utility project contract awards

1.1.3 Public-private partnership moves forward amid Covid-19 crisis

1.1.4 Water security trends upwards in region

1.2 The GCC water market

1.2.1 GCC prioritises water projects

1.2.2 Rise of water PPP in the GCC region

1.2.3 GCC independent water capacity surges

1.3 Project activity

1.4 Water project activity by country

1.5 Water project activity by subsector

1.6 Leading clients

1.7 MEED Water Developer Rankings 2021

1.8 Leading contractors

1.9 Future projects and forecasts

2.The impact of Covid-19

2.1 The impact of Covid-19 on the Middle East

2.1.1 Covid-19 pushes GCC water agenda

2.1.2 Low oil price to drive water projects

2.1.3 Covid-19 impact by country












14.Saudi Arabia



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