Growth of Desalination Plant Capacity, 1960-Present (image) United Nations University - Institute for Water, Environment and Health Share Print E-Mail Caption Today 15,906 operational desalination plants are found in 177 countries. Almost half of the global desalination capacity is located in the Middle East and North Africa region (48 percent), with Saudi Arabia (15.5 percent), the United Arab Emirates (10.1 percent) and Kuwait (3.7 percent) being both the major producers in the region and globally. (download image in high-res: http://bit.ly/2AysFoV) Credit UNU-INWEH Usage Restrictions None Share Print E-Mail Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.