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Economic Zones World donates Dhs7m to UAE Water Aid project

Economic Zones World, the parent company of Jafza, UAE’s flagship Free Zone operation, TechnoPark and Dubai Auto Zone, has donated Dhs7m to UAE Water Aid Project, launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, to provide more than five million people worldwide access to fresh drinking water. The media reports inaccurately mentioned EZW’s contribution to the project as Dhs5m.

Sheikh Mohammed launched the campaign on Twitter asking companies and individuals to contribute in the cause of providing clean water to millions of underprivileged people across the world at the outset of the holy month of Ramadan.

HE Hisham Abdullah Al Shirawi, Chairman, Economic Zones World said, “UAE Water Aid project is part of UAE’s huge humanitarian initiatives to support underprivileged people across the world. The project is in line with the spirit of the holy month of Ramadan which is about giving and helping to the best of one’s ability to those who are less fortunate or needy.”

“Economic Zones World is fully committed to support any initiative which is in the cause of helping under privileged people or communities in the world to move forward in their lives.”

Emirates Red Crescent will implement the project in areas badly in need of water so they can have their own wells, water pumps, and water purification equipment.

The UAE Red Crescent has already identified water-scarce areas and the first beneficiaries will receive water in 15 days, with work on water wells in Erbil already getting underway. The UAE Red Crescent will oversee the digging of 600 shallow wells in Pakistan, Afghanistan, India, Ghana, Togo, Chad and Niger. The authority is also planning on the creation of four large water wells and tanks in Kurdistan and Erbil to help people displaced by conflict and war.

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

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