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Global Water Award

The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Water Award

Country: UAE
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Applications are open for the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Water Award. The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Water Award supports research and development of new and innovative technologies that produce, distribute, store, monitor, desalinate and purify water using renewable 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 biennial Award encourages leading corporations, research centers, institutions, the youth and innovators from across the world to compete in finding sustainable and innovative solutions to the problem of water scarcity. Until today and in two cycles, we awarded bright minds from around the world for their pioneering in water desalination and purification systems to overcome the world’s water crisis.


In the 1st and 2nd cycles of the award, 20 applicants, including individuals, pioneering organizations, and research centers, were awarded for their innovative models that produce clean water using solar power. While the two previous cycles were successful, Suqia UAE is pleased to announce the expansion of the scope of the award to include new technologies that produce, distribute, store, monitor, desalinate and purify water using renewable energy. A renewable energy source includes solar, wind, biomass, ocean, gradient salinity and geothermal technologies. It excludes nuclear energy and carbon capture and storage systems.

For the 3rd cycle, SUQIA has introduced a new category, the ‘Innovative Crisis Solutions Award,’ to recognize innovations that can provide relief within the most critical 48 hours after internationally declared emergency situations. It believes that rapid access to safe drinking water becomes a crucial element for survival in crises and natural disasters.

Award Categories 

The Award is comprised of 4 main categories that target pioneering organizations, research centers, individuals, educational institutions, and innovators from all around the world to motivate participants to come up with innovative, renewable energy powered solutions with the aim to either produce, distribute, store, monitor, desalinate and/or purify water:

  • Innovative Projects Award
  • Innovative Individual Award
  • Innovative Research Development Award
  • Innovative Crisis Solutions Award

Who can apply?

Suqia cordially invites all corporations, research centers, institutions, innovators and youth from around the world, whose novel technologies provide solutions to the challenges of water scarcity, to apply for the 3rd cycle of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Water Award starting 16th November 2020 to 30th April 2021.

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Type of Opportunity Competitions and Awards
Deadline30 April,2021
Open toAll



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