The historic 60-plus year presence in the Middle East of SUEZ makes it a privileged partner to support authorities in developing innovative solutions to meet the challenge of protecting resources. In the 1950s, SAFEGE, engineering subsidiary now operating under the brand SUEZ, laid the foundation for the Group in the Middle East through an historic act: it discovered a drinking water source in Riyadh, which enabled the capital of the young Saudi State to be maintained at that location. Degrémont®, water branch of SUEZ activities, became active in the 1970s in the Middle East, where it constructed the first reverse osmosis desalination plant in Saudi Arabia in 1975 and the largest hybrid desalination plant in the world in the United Arab Emirates in 2003 (Fujairah). In addition to its water treatment activity, the Group has gradually extended its water services management to major cities like Jeddah in Saudi Arabia in 2008 and Amman in Jordan in 2009. SUEZ has also had a presence in this waste treatment since 1977 through Trashco LLC, the first private company oh the UAE in the waste management sector. The Group now has a presence in most countries in the region, including the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain and is active in both water and waste activities.