Skip to main content

Israel’s energy minister visits UAE, touts trilateral deal with Jordan

Senior officials in Israel, the UAE, Jordan and the United States hope to have the final agreements of the Prosperity Project signed at the COP28 Climate Conference in Dubai this upcoming November.
Energy Minister Israel Katz (R) meets UAE Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology Sultan Al Jaber in Abu Dhabi, Aug. 13, 2023.

Israel’s Energy Minister Israel Katz visited the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Monday where he met with Emirati, Jordanian and US officials to advance the trilateral 2022 water-for-energy deal to ease the impact of climate change on both Israel and Jordan.

The memorandum of understanding, signed last November in Sharm el-Sheikh in the presence of US Climate Envoy John Kerry and on the sidelines of the COP27 Climate Conference, sees Jordan establishing a 600-megawatt solar power capacity plant, constructed by an Emirati firm and with Emirati financing. Israel will purchase solar power from the new Jordan-based facility, and Jordan will purchase desalinated water from an Israeli site to be constructed along the Mediterranean coast. The deal sees Israel providing water-scarce Jordan with 200 million cubic meters of water.

UAE’s Minister of Technology and Industry Sultan Ahmed al-Jaber hosted the meeting in Abu Dhabi, which included besides Katz, Jordanian Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Saleh Ali Hamed al-Kharabsheh, Jordanian Environment Minister Muawieh Khalid Radaideh, Jordanian Water and Irrigation Minister Muhammad Jamil Musa al-Najjar and senior adviser in the office of the Special American Presidential Envoy for Climate David Livingston. Apart from Katz, Israel also sent to the meeting senior officials from the prime minister’s office, the Energy Ministry, the Israel Electricity Company and the Israel Water Authority. 

A statement issued by the office of Katz after the meeting said that "the parties discussed the desired ways to promote the final stages of the 'Prosperity' regional initiative for the sale of 200 million cubic meters of desalinated seawater per year to Jordan, and the purchase of green electricity from a solar farm that the United Arab Emirates will build in Jordan. These discussions took place in preparation for the signing of binding agreements at the annual climate conference COP28 to be held at the end of the year in Dubai."

Access the Middle East news and analysis you can trust

Join our community of Middle East readers to experience all of Al-Monitor, including 24/7 news, analyses, memos, reports and newsletters.


Only $100 per year.