The first cycle of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Water Award, was launched on March 22nd, 2016, coinciding with World Water Day. The Award received an overwhelming and positive response from pioneering organisations, research centres and innovators from around the world, receiving 138 applications from 43 countries. After screening & reviewing the applications, the jury selected 10 winners from 8 countries, who submitted innovative ideas and solutions for water desalination and purification.