About the Award

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, 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 centres, 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 three 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.

Award Vision

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 renewable energy 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.

The award categories are:

  • Innovative Projects Award – Small Projects
  • Innovative Projects Award – Large Projects
  • Innovative Research and Development Award – National Institutions
  • Innovative Research and Development Award – International Institutions
  • Innovative Individual Award – Innovative Youth
  • Innovative Individual Award – Distinguished Researcher
  • Innovative Crisis Solutions Award

    Who can apply?

    The award is open internationally to all students, companies, research institutions, and innovators who have developed renewable energy powered technologies that can produce clean drinking water in line with the World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines.

    How to Apply

    For more information and job application details, see; Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Water Award