The UAE has established a global role in international efforts to combat humanitarian challenges, as well as having a strong presence in the areas of emergency and long-term humanitarian aid in all parts of the world.
HH 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 non-profit organisation, and a decree forming its Board of Trustees. The Board is chaired by the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of DEWA, HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, with the membership of one representative each from Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, UAE Red Crescent Authority, UAE University, Khalifa University of Science, Technology and Research, and two representatives from DEWA. Mr. Mohammed Abdulkareem Alshamsi is the Acting Executive Director of the UAE Water Aid Foundation.
Since its establishment, UAE Water Aid has become a distinguished organisation that provides humanitarian aid to the needy and distressed around the world.
It contributes to finding permanent and sustainable solutions to water scarcity around the world. This is achieved by providing new and innovative technological solutions, such as solar powered water desalination and filtration, for communities that suffer from scarcity and contamination of drinking water. The UAE Water Aid Foundation also conducts studies and research in coordination and partnership with educational, academic, and international organisations to support water production using solar power, and contributes to financing and supporting water-technology projects to combat drought. The Foundation also supervises a USD 1 million-dollar annual international award for research and development of new technologies and mechanisms to produce water using solar power.
In June 2014, HH 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, which was supervised by the UAE Red Crescent, received an overwhelming response and was a remarkable success. It surpassed its targets, collecting over AED180 million, enough to provide water to over 7 million people around the world.