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Dubai ruler tackles water shortage issue with new law

Sheikh Mohammed issues new directive to establish UAE Water Aid Foundation to find new solutions to water shortage

Dubai ruler tackles water shortage issue with new law

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Ruler of Dubai, UAE Vice President and Prime Minster, has issued a new law to establish the UAE Water Aid Foundation, a non-profit organisation.

The foundation will be annexed to the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) and is tasked with finding sustainable solutions to water shortage through the use of solar energy to desalinate and purify water.

The foundation also aims to improve access to safe water, hygiene and sanitation in the world's poorest communities, according to a statement.

Sheikh Mohammed also issued a decree to form the board of trustees of the UAE Water Aid Foundation, chaired by Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, managing director and CEO of DEWA.

Representatives from the Ministry of International Cooperation and Development, UAE Red Crescent Authority, UAE University, Khalifa University of Science, Technology and Research will also be included.

As per the law, the foundation is entitled to finance and support water technologies projects combating drought as well as developing sustainable solutions to water purification and desalination using solar energy.

The foundation will also support partnerships with regional and international NGOs, institutions, national governments, service providers and private sectors to overcome water shortage.

In June 2014, Sheikh Mohammed launched the UAE Water Aid Suqia campaign to provide access to fresh drinking water for five million persons who suffer from shortage of drinking water in different parts of the world.

The campaign has surpassed its target achieving more than AED180 million, enough to provide water to seven million people.

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