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Suqia extends deadline to apply for water award

DUBAI, July 3, 2019

The UAE Water Aid Foundation (Suqia) has extended the deadline to apply for the second cycle of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Water Award to September 1, 2019.

Applicants participating in the award will compete to win $1 million in prizes.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai launched the award to encourage research centres, individuals, and innovators around the world to find sustainable and innovative solar powered solutions to combat the global water crisis.

Under the umbrella of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives (MBRGI), Suqia UAE is supervising the award, which has three main categories: Innovative Projects Award, Innovative Research & Development Award, and Innovative Individual Award.

“The award reflects our efforts to actively participate and contribute to addressing the global water crisis by inviting companies, research centres, individuals, and innovators around the world to find solar powered solutions that produce clean drinking water,” said Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) and chairman of Suqia UAE.

The Innovative Projects Award category targets private, government, semi-government, and non-government organisations. It has two sub-categories: the Large Projects Award with prizes totalling $300,000, and the Small Projects Award with prizes totalling $240,000. The Innovative Research & Development  Award category targets individuals and teams from academic institutions and research centres that are independent or annexed to governmental or semi-government organisations. It has two sub-categories: the National Institutions Award and the International Institutions Award. Each sub-category totalling $200,000.

The Innovative Individual Award has two categories: the Youth Award, which targets young adults between the ages of 15 and 35 with a prize value of $20,000; and the Distinguished Researcher Award with a prize value of $40,000. Terms and conditions, evaluation criteria and general guidelines for applications are available on Suqia’s website.

“The world –renowned Award relies on the highest international standards to assess the applications submitted by participants. This shows the UAE, and its institutions, is a destination for excellence and innovation. Participants can apply for the second cycle of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Water Award and review the terms and conditions for applying on Suqia’s website,” said Mohammed Abdulkareem Al Shamsi, acting executive director of Suqia UAE. – TradeArabia News Service




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