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His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, received 11 winners of the 3rd Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Water Award.
The award was launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid to encourage research centres, individuals, and innovators worldwide to develop sustainable and innovative solutions for water scarcity. The UAE Water Aid Foundation (Suqia UAE), under the umbrella of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives, oversees the award. The winners were from eight countries, including Honduras, India, the Philippines, the US, Kenya, Malaysia, China and France.
With prize money totalling $1 million, the award includes four primary categories: Innovative Projects Award, Innovative R&D Award, Innovative Individual Award, and Innovative Crisis Solutions Award. His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid launched Suqia UAE in 2015 to contribute to solving the global water crisis by developing solutions for water scarcity and providing potable water for communities suffering from water shortages and pollution.
His Excellency Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Suqia UAE, thanked His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid for receiving the winners. He praised the impact of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Water Award, which, he said, was in line with the UAE’s aim to effectively contribute to providing solutions to global challenges.
“The UAE is synonymous with generosity through pioneering initiatives and projects that help underdeveloped societies face challenges and achieve sustainable development. We were pleased with the level of interest and participation in the award and the quality of innovations presented by companies, research centres, institutions, and innovators worldwide. We received submissions from 56 countries around the world, highlighting the UAE’s role as a platform for promoting innovation and a destination for creators from all over the world,” Al Tayer said.
“Suqia UAE has positively impacted the lives of more than 13.6 million people in 37 countries worldwide. In this context, I commend the efforts of the Emirates Red Crescent, the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Humanitarian and Charity Establishment, Dubai Cares, and other organisations for implementing pioneering projects in cooperation with Suqia UAE, which has promoted the use of innovative and sustainable solutions in its projects to provide clean water,” added Al Tayer.
According to the United Nations, one in three people globally does not have access to safe drinking water. Over two billion people live in countries where the water supply is inadequate. Water scarcity takes a more significant toll on women and children because they are often responsible for collecting it. Women and girls spend long hours searching for water; in some countries, children walk several kilometres daily to get water. This entails difficulties and risks, wastes effort and time, and deprives them of access to quality education. Suqia UAE has played a pivotal role in working on sustainable development projects that provide clean water around the world.
HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer and other members of the Suqia UAE board attended the reception. The board members included His Excellency Fahad Abdelrahman bin Sultan, Deputy Secretary General for Development and International Cooperation at Emirates Red Crescent and Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Suqia; His Excellency Dr Ahmed Ali Murad, Associate Provost for Research at UAE University; Dr. Arif Sultan AlHammadi, Executive Vice-President, Khalifa University; Nasser Lootah, Executive Vice President, Generation (Power and Water) at DEWA; Waleed bin Salman, Executive Vice President, Business Development and Excellence at DEWA; and Mohammed Abdulkareem Al Shamsi, Acting Executive Director of Suqia.
Innovative projects award (large projects):
Joint First: Agua Para el Pueblo (Honduras) for an electricity-free technology to remove turbidity from contaminated surface water sources.
Joint First: South Asian Forum for Environment (SAFE) (India) for a solar-powered reverse osmosis-based water-ATM.
Third: Alternative Indigenous Development Foundation Inc. (AIDFI) (Philippines) for a hydraulic invention that pumps water to communities living at a higher elevation.
Innovative Projects Award (small projects):
First: University of Illinois (USA) & Safe Water in partnership with Aids Project (Kenya) for a solar-powered drinking water ozonation project.
Second: Easy water for Everyone (USA) for an innovative project that repurposes hemodialysers to purify water for drinking, washing and cooking in remote villages.
Third: Membrane Filters (India) for a stand-alone solar-operated water filtration plant that removes inorganics from groundwater.
Innovative R&D Award – International Organisations:
First: University of Malaya (Malaysia) for a smart auto-backwash membrane system without chemicals.
Second: Sustainable Livelihood Initiative (India), for a sustainable water purifier providing clean water without any membranes, filters or external energy.
Third: Maithri Aquatech, in collaboration with Jain University (India), for a hybrid water solution that combines sustainable water generation and food preservation.
Innovative Individual Award – Innovative Researcher:
Professor Peng Wang (China) for three technologies to produce inexpensive, clean drinking water for small-to-medium-sized communities.
Innovative Crisis Solutions Award:
Mascara NT (France), for a preconnected containerised solar-powered desalination project that can be deployed in less than two hours.
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