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Suqia, United Arab Emirates, launches the fourth cycle of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum World Water Prize

HE Saeed Mohammed Al TayerPresident of the Board of Trustees of the UAE Water Aid Foundation (Suqia UAE), has launched the fourth cycle of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum World Water Prize. With total prizes of $1 million, the award aims to recognize organizations, research centers and innovators that develop innovative technologies and prototypes to produce, distribute, desalinate and purify water using renewable energy. The goal is to find solutions to the water scarcity challenges faced by disadvantaged and distressed communities around the world.

“It is my pleasure to announce today the start of the fourth cycle of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum World Water Prize, which was launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai. . This award is named after a leader whose generosity reaches beyond the UAE and whose helping hand reaches out to those in need around the world. This million-dollar award enhances the UAE’s efforts in global humanitarian work by encouraging and recognizing organizations, individuals and innovators who develop practical and sustainable solutions to the challenges of water scarcity using renewable energy.

This follows the UAE’s approach of actively contributing to providing solutions to the challenges facing the world and helping less developed societies address challenges and achieve sustainable development. Over the past 3 award cycles, we have awarded 31 winners from 22 countries for their innovative projects in water desalination and purification using renewable energy sources, including solar, wind, biomass, hydroelectric, osmotic and geothermal technologies.”

saying Al-Tayer in his speech during an event held by Suqia United Arab Emirates in Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) at COP28.

Al-Tayer praised the level of interest and the great participation that the Award obtained, as well as the quality of the innovations presented by companies, research centers, institutions and innovators. The previous cycle received entries from 56 countries around the world. Last January, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum received the winners of the 3rd edition of the Award. His Highness praised his role in combating one of the major challenges of this era and his efforts to achieve the Prize’s objectives of encouraging research centres, individuals and innovators around the world to develop sustainable and innovative solutions to overcome the global cleanup challenge. lack of water.

Al-Tayer He said Suqia UAE, which oversees this award, supports wise leadership’s vision of providing clean water to disadvantaged communities around the world. Since its inception until the end of 2022, Suqia has positively impacted the lives of more than 13.6 million people in 37 countries around the world by implementing more than 1,000 sustainable water projects. This cycle of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum World Water Prize is of particular importance as it is launched during COP 28, which is held in the United Arab Emirates during the Year of Sustainability.

“Together we can make a difference and improve the lives of more societies, outside of Dubai, which has become a destination for innovators and a hub for creative minds around the world.”

concluded Al-Tayer.

Mohammed Abdulkareem Al Shamsi, Acting CEO of Suqia UAE, explained that the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum World Water Prize has four main categories: the Innovative Projects Prize, which includes the Large Projects Prize and the Small Projects Prize; the Innovative Research and Development Award, which includes the National Institutions Award and the International Institutions Award; the Innovative Person Award, which includes the Distinguished Research Award and the Youth Award; and the Award for Innovative Solutions in Crisis.

Suqia United Arab Emirates has urged organizations, companies, research centers, innovators and young people from around the world to participate in the 4th cycle of the Award. Applications will be received until April 30, 2024 in www.mbrwateraward.ae/awards.

News source: Dubai Press Office

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