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Global Water Awards returns for 3rd cycle, invites young innovators

The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Water Award has opened registrations for its 3rd cycle, offering total funds of $1 million for solutions to the challenges of water scarcity.

According to UN data, nearly half the global population lives in areas that experience water scarcity at least one month per year. The challenge impacts food production, burdens health services, hinders industry, and affects literacy and education.

“The UAE based Award provides a demonstration of the mission of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to provide clean water for people in need,” said His Excellency Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, chairman of the Board of Trustees at Suqia UAE.

The biennial award is open to entries from across the world and features four award categories. These are the newly created Innovative Crisis Solutions Award, Innovative Research & Development Award, Innovative Projects Award, and Innovative Individuals Award, which includes the subcategory of Youth Award.

According to Sara Waleed Alzaabi, Senior Engineer Climate Change & Sustainability, Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA), it is important to address the global water crisis so that future generations do not become entrapped in the cycle of poverty.

“In recent years, the younger generations have become catalysts for positive change, from climate change to education to technology to water,” she said. “This is why we introduced a Youth Award to encourage bright young minds to participate in combating the global water by using innovative, renewable energy powered solution to produce clean water.”

Applicants for the Youth Award must be between the ages of 15 and 35. He or she must have demonstrated the deployment of a project developing and enabling renewable-energy-powered water solutions of proven environmental, scientific, social or technological significance. One winner will be awarded a prize value of $20,000.

Applications for the 3rd cycle of the award is open until April 30, 2021. For more information, visit www.suqia.ae/en/awards.

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