Mohammed bin Rashid: U.A.E. Suqia initiative starts tomorrow

DUBAI: Vice President and Prime Minister of U.A.E. and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, has announced that the ‘U.A.E. Suqia’, the water aid initiative he announced on Tuesday to provide clean drinking water to five million people in countries suffering from supply shortages and drought, will start tomorrow Saturday.

The initiative, to be implemented by raising funds for digging wells, provision of water pumps and water-purification equipment for the needy areas, is due to start at the beginning of the Holy Month of Ramadan in a bid to change the bitter reality of millions of poor and underprivileged people worldwide.

Suqia is the latest in a continuing series of humanitarian initiatives launched by U.A.E. to improve the living conditions of a large number of people around the world. These include the Campaign to Clothe One Million Children Around the World’ which H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid launched last year and which exceeded its set target only ten days later on.

During the launch of the U.A.E. Suqia initiative, H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid re-affirmed that U.A.E. is the capital of benevolence and that the beginning of Ramadan sees U.A.E. launch more humanitarian initiatives for the needy reflecting the interest of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid in extending help to the underprivileged worldwide and channeling U.A.E. humanitarian aid, including water which is the source of life, into needy countries.

Government and private sector entities are joining efforts to make the charity initiative a success, with Emiratis and expatriates being the most important element. U.A.E. people by nature are the source of benevolence which benefit people around the world.

The U.A.E. Suqia initiative was launched amid the growing issue of water scarcity which got worse in the past few decades threatening the lives of millions of people and denoting a serious deterioration in the situation if countries and involved international organisations do not take action and draw up emergency plans and strategies for radical solutions in threatened areas.

World Health Organisation (WHO) says more than 3.4 million people die each year from water-related illness.

Reports by international organisations indicate that children are increasingly affected by clean water scarcity as child well-being and development relies primarily on the quality and availability of drinking water which is damaged around the world due to biological and chemical pollutants which cause life-threatening diseases in children in particular.

United Nations statistics show that 85% of the world population lives in the driest half of the planet and that 783 million people do not have access to clean water.

U.A.E., since its establishment, has been following an effective approach to international humanitarian and charity aid that is based on the consolidation of the principles of assisting others.

This successful approach has received wide international acclaim as well as recognition of U.A.E.’s role and contribution to the improvement of of the lives of millions of people.

Between 2009-2013, U.A.E. spent AED1,014 billion to help ensure water supply in 61 countries, according to a recent report by the Ministry of Development and International Co-operation (MICAD).