UAE’s Suqia issues guidance for innovative ideas in Global Water Awards

By Amirtha P S, Desk Reporter
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The Technical Committee of the UAE Water Foundation (Suqia), as part of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives, has issued advice and guidance for submissions from research institutions and individuals participating in the third edition of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Water Awards.

The award was initiated by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, with an aim to find sustainable and innovative solutions to address the scarcity of water.

The award with a total prize of $1 million was launched by the foundation as a part of the efforts to boost the country’s role in finding solutions against the challenges faced by poor communities across the globe.

Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Suqia underlined Suqia’s commitment to supporting research and development to bring out innovative solutions for producing, desalinating and purifying water using renewable energy.

Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer
Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer
Board of Trustees – Suqia

“Expanding the award’s scope to include new technologies that produce, distribute, store, monitor, desalinate and purify water using renewable energy, as well as adding the Innovative Crisis Solutions category, will encourage a larger number of companies, research organizations, and individuals to participate in the award.”

“Suqia requires that all projects prove the quality and safety of produced water, production capacity according to relevant factors, such as the quality of water sources, environmental conditions, technical restrictions, disinfecting systems, maintenance and operational requirements,” said Mohammed Abdulkareem Al Shamsi, Acting Executive Director of Suqia.

The technical committee highlighted that the applicants must concentrate on innovative and creative aspects by demonstrating the applied process, technology and employed methodology.

Further, they should present successful examples of efficient water production projects that can be replicated elsewhere by sketching out the market needs and ease of use. The applicants should mention any involved stakeholders like partners, sponsors, customers, audiences or end-users.

The participants can also elaborate on educational activities and knowledge to raise the partner’s awareness. Applications can include plans to make continuous improvements in the future.

All companies, research centers, institutions, innovators and youth from across the world who have innovative technologies for water scarcity solutions, can submit their applications until 30th April 2021, through Suqia’s dedicated awards page. Suqia can also be reached for any form of inquiries on award[at]suqia[dot]ae.