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who we are

Who we are

Established in 2015, the UAE Water Aid Foundation, Suqia UAE, an entity under the umbrella of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives foundation, is a non-profit organisation that provides humanitarian aid around the world and helps communities that suffer from water scarcity by providing them with potable water. After all, clean and accessible water for all is an essential part of the world we want to live in. Until today, we have positively influenced the lives of over 9 million people in 34 countries.

Our goal is not limited to the provision of potable water to those in need. We also work to identify how innovative and sustainable technologies can be part of the solution to the global water crisis. We understand that the scale of the water crisis demands different approaches that extend beyond giving water. This is why His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, launched a USD1 million global award to find sustainable solutions to water scarcity. Suqia supervises the ‘Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Water Award’ that encourages leading corporations, research centres, institutions and innovators from across the world to compete in finding sustainable and innovative solar-energy solutions to the problem of water scarcity.


Our Core

Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives Foundation

In October 2015, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, established the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives foundation (MBRGI), an umbrella foundation consolidating 30 humanitarian programmes, organisations and awards that His Highness has previously sponsored and launched. MBRGI has four primary goals: combating poverty and disease, spreading knowledge, empowering communities and entrepreneurship and innovation for the future.

The foundation’s combined initiatives focus on 130 million people in 116 countries. At Suqia UAE, we are taking the lead in research and development of water shortage solutions to combat poverty and disease in the region.


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Our Foundation

From an initiative to a foundation

In 2014, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai launched the Suqia initiative to provide clean water to five million people worldwide. The initiative, in cooperation with the Emirates Red Crescent Authority, achieved remarkable success and exceeded its targets by raising enough funds to provide clean drinking water to over 7 million people around the world.

Following the successful initiative outcomes, His Highness established the UAE Water Aid Foundation, Suqia UAE as a non-profit organisation by law in March 2015. Today, Suqia UAE, falls under the umbrella of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives foundation, and provides humanitarian aid around the world and helps communities that suffer from water scarcity by providing them with potable water.

Vision

Provide sustainable pure water through innovative solutions.

Mission

Support happiness for poor and disaster-stricken communities by fostering and investing in innovative and sustainable solar powered pure water solutions through effective partnerships in a sustainable and efficient platform aligned with best international practices.

Values

  • Transparency
  • Sustainability
  • Collaboration
  • Happines
  • Accountability
  • Innovation and creativity
  • Neutrality
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CHAIRMAN’S MESSAGE

The values of giving and philanthropy have always been the main principles of the UAE which lends its helping hand worldwide to alleviate human suffering, regardless of gender, race, or religion.

Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer
Chairman of the Board of Trustees

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Transforming Global Goals to Results

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) define the global sustainable development priorities and aspirations for 2030, and present a unique opportunity to address the world’s biggest sustainable development challenges. The UAE has taken a global role in international efforts to combat humanitarian challenges, among which is access to clean drinking water. At Suqia, we believe that water is a basic human right and a driver for sustainable growth and development. We are concentrating our efforts to achieve SDG 6, “Ensure access to water and sanitation for all”, a goal that relies heavily on joint action and collaboration by all sectors.

At Suqia, we believe that water is a basic human right and a driver for sustainable growth and development. We are concentrating our efforts to achieve SDG 6, “Ensure access to water and sanitation for all”, a goal that relies heavily on joint action and collaboration by all sectors. Until today, we have positively influenced the lives of over 9 million people in 34 countries by providing them with access to clean water with the help of our implementing partners. We are committed to reach out and aiding underprivileged communities that suffer from access to clean water remains strong, and SDG 6 has become a valuable guide on how best to achieve that commitment.



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OUR PARTNERS

We are happy to work with partners who share our vision and passion to serve those most vulnerable. Through our partnerships, we are able to expand our reach and work to strengthen the UAE’s humanitarian efforts.

Our strategic and implementing partners are UAE-based entities that work with a global network of professionals and organisations from the field. Together with our partners, we are providing communities with access to safe and clean water by implementing sustainable water projects and identifying innovative sustainable solutions to water scarcity. 

Get to know our partners:


dewa

Suqia is annexed to Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, DEWA, by law number 3, which was issued by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum in 2015.

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In 2014, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai launched the Suqia initiative to provide clean water to five million people worldwide.

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In 2015, Suqia partnered with the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Humanitarian and Charity Est., MBRHC, a sister entity under the umbrella of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives, with the purpose of initiating international water projects.

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Our Board

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minster of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, issued a law establishing the UAE Water Aid Foundation as a non-profit organisation, and a decree forming its Board of Trustees. The Board is chaired by the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA), His Excellency Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, with the membership of one representative each from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, the UAE Red Crescent Authority, UAE University, Khalifa University and two representatives from DEWA. Mr. Mohammed Abdulkareem Alshamsi is appointed as the Acting Executive Director of the UAE Water Aid Foundation.

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H.E. Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer

Managing Director & CEO of DEWA

Chairman of the Board

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H.E. Fahad Abdulrahman bin Sultan

Deputy Secretary General for International Development and Cooperation Affairs  at UAE Red Crescent, Member

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H.E. Sultan Mohammed Al Shamsi
Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation for International Development Affairs, Member
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H.E. Dr. Ahmed Ali Murad

Dean of College of Sciences of United Arab Emirates University, Member

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H.E. Dr. Arif Sultan Al Hammadi
Executive Vice President of Khalifa University, Member
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Eng. Waleed Ali Salman

Executive Vice President - Business Development & Excellence at DEWA, Member  

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Eng. Nasser Mohammed Lootah
Executive Vice President – Generation (Power & Water) at DEWA, Member  
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Mohammed Abdulkareem Alshamsi

Chief Climate change & Sustainability Officer at DEWA, Acting Executive Director of the UAE Water Aid Foundation.

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