UAE to screen eight films at Spain water meet

March 27th, 2008 - 5:35 pm ICT by admin  

Abu Dhabi, March 27 (IANS) United Arab Emirates (UAE) will screen eight documentary films at an international water meet later this year in Spain to showcase its successful water conservation projects. The films will be screened at the UAE pavilion at Expo Zaragoza 2008, from June 14 to Sep 14, under the theme “Water and Sustainable Development”, WAM news agency reported.

Around 96 countries with more than eight million delegates are expected to attend the meeting.

The documentaries, made by well-known filmmaker Dough Allan, highlight the success of the government in water conservation, management and development of water resources in the country.

The external information department of the UAE’s National Media Council (NMC) funded the project. It took more than eight months to shoot these films using an advanced underwater technology.

“The documentaries are the true demonstration of UAE’s efforts for sustainable development of water resources, a process first initiated by the country’s founding father, late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan,” said Saqr Ghobash, minister of labour and NMC chairman.

“The films will promote UAE’s tourism, media and culture and encourage a long-term campaign for conservation of water resources globally,” Ghobash said.

The films highlight UAE’s traditional methods of water harvesting and water storage systems such as specially designed water channels known as aflaj, besides dams and tanks.

The UAE delegation will be led by Peter Vine, author of “Arab Gold: Heritage of the UAE”, at the conference.

The conference will highlight the importance of water conservation in view of the burgeoning population, massive urbanisation, economic and industrial expansions, across the globe.

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