Suqia’s goal is not limited to the provision of potable water to those in need. We also 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, in line with the UAE’s goal to become a knowledge-based economy with a strong focus on technology, R&D and innovation, HH 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.

The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Water Award supports research and development of new and innovative technologies that produce, desalinate and purify water, using solar energy to support the global position of the UAE in developing solutions for challenges that are faced by poverty- and disaster-stricken communities worldwide.

The Award 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.


Water is a fundamental human need and a driver for sustainable growth, yet water scarcity affects more than 40% of the global population. These numbers are even projected to rise, especially for communities in rural and poor urban areas. Providing access to potable water gives hope, increases happiness and improves life by enabling children to thrive.

International organisations have joined efforts to find solutions to address water scarcity, from establishing humanitarian aid and awareness campaigns, to setting sustainable goals worldwide to achieve water security. The UAE has established a global position in actively finding real solutions to ensure access to safe drinking water.

The launch of the award reflects His Highness' vision for the UAE to be one of the most innovative nations in the world, by creating a platform that showcases cost-effective and solar-powered sustainable solutions that can meet the needs of the developing communities lacking access to the most basic of our needs, clean drinking water.

At Suqia, we believe that innovation and sustainability can be part of the solution to the global water crisis and help overcome the challenges faced in communities in need.

With innovation, we can build states and institutions; the future belongs to those with new ideas.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum 
Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, Ruler of Dubai


The Award is comprised of 3 main categories that target pioneering organisations, research centres, individuals, educational institutions, and innovators from all around the world to motivate participants to come up with innovative, solar-powered solutions with the aim of producing clean drinking water:


The second cycle of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Water Award received overwhelming positive response. On January 29, 2020, ten applicants from eight different countries were awarded for their innovative solutions for water desalination and purification.

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