DUBAI — It used to bring oil to the world.
Now, United Arab Emirates is bringing water to the world in its effort to alleviate human suffering, regardless of gender, race or religion, in accordance with noble values that stem from the principles of the Islamic religion and Arab traditions.
This noble goal that forms part of its humanitarian work is the very reason for the the launching of the UAE Water Aid Foundation (Suqia).
It confirms that the approach of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan is continuing and that the UAE’s wise leadership is continuing its efforts in the service of humanity.
In June 2014, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, launched the UAE Water Aid Suqia campaign to provide access to fresh drinking water for 5 million people around the world.
The campaign surpassed its target, achieving over AED180 million, enough to provide water to over 7 million people around the world.
In March 2015, HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, issued Law No. (3), establishing the UAE Water Aid Foundation as a legal non-profit organisation that is able to carry out its mission to achieve its objectives.
The objectives of the UAE Water Aid Foundation include bolstering the UAE’s contribution as a key player in implementing humanitarian efforts to improve the living conditions of poor and affected communities and achieve sustainable development.
The Foundation also supports humanitarian organisations in the UAE and inform and update them about humanitarian emergencies.
It also supports international efforts to provide clean drinking water, fight water-related diseases that threaten human lives, and protect water from biological and chemical pollutants.
The UAE Water Aid Foundation works to provide potable water to the needy, the disadvantaged, and those who are in distress around the world.
It provides them with the basics of a decent life and contributes to finding sustainable solutions to water scarcity around the world. This is done by using the latest technologies, desalinating water using solar power, and providing new and innovative technological solutions for communities that suffer from scarcity and pollution of drinking water.
In 2016, Suqia implemented projects providing drinking water, to 8 million people, in 19 countries worldwide.
“The UAE, headed by His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE; His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum; and Their Highnesses the Members of the Supreme Council, Rulers of the Emirates the UAE, plays a leading role, globally, in addressing the challenges facing humanity, by providing the necessary support and delivery of humanitarian assistance throughout the world, helping poor communities and supporting sustainable development,” said Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of UAE Water Aid Foundation (Suqia).
The UAE was ranked the world’s top development assistance donor in 2016 relative to its national income, according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.