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UAE Water Aid to conclude on Wednesday

The Organising Committee of the UAE Water Aid announced that the humanitarian campaign which witnessed a wide societal response over the past two weeks will conclude next Wednesday, 18th of Ramadan, falling on 16th July.

The announcement came during a meeting held by the Organising Committee of the UAE Water Aid Campaign, chaired by Mohammed Abdullah Al Gergawi, to discuss the achievements made by the campaign which was launched by UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, on the first day of the holy month of Ramadan, to provide access to fresh drinking water for 5 million persons around the world who suffer from shortage of potable water.

During the meeting, which was attended by all members of the organising committee, Al Gergawi commended the efforts accompanied the campaign since its launch two weeks ago, and collected over AED 112 million, quenching the thirst of around 4.5 million persons with fresh drinking water, thus achieving about 90% of its ultimate goal. Al Gergawi noted that the great achievements made during this short time signals UAE citizens’ responsiveness toward their responsibility for the extending humanitarian family.

Al Gergawi added that the size of the response and the level of participation confirm that our country is moving forward with steady steps and true persistence on the approach laid down by late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan for relieving the needy and providing them all assistance to help them overcome the difficult circumstances that they may get exposed to due to difficult environmental conditions or other crises and calamities that affect their lives and prevent them from enjoying basic rights such as clean drinking water, which UAE Water Aid Campaign seeks provide to communities in need.

Al Gergawi explained that the noble goal which the UAE Water Aid Campaign seeks to achieve, which is to provide clean drinking water to areas with shortage of drinking water, carries deeper, more effective and long-term goals, especially in terms of the general health of these communities due to the opportunities the campaign allows to obstruct diseases caused by the use of undrinkable water, improve the health of the inhabitants of those areas, and reduce death rates caused by water- related diseases, especially in areas experiencing a scarcity of clean water, while indicating that World Health Organisation (WHO) figures show that more than 3.4 million die every year due to thirst and diseases caused by unclean water . Aside from contributing to the provision of fresh drinking water, the campaign also contributes to improving the living conditions of these communities in general, to enable them to direct their energies to the development of their areas.

The Organising Committee expressed thanks and gratitude to all who contributed to the UAE Water Aid Campaign, stressing that the campaign, in its reality, is a practical translation for the UAE method of continuous giving. The committee added that the campaign entrenched the position of our country as leader in this field with wide participation from all spectrums of the community, at the level of public and private sectors as well as individuals, who offered a model to be traced in the sense of responsibility towards others, especially since the campaign aims to help deprived people of the most important necessities of life, a clean water free of contaminants.

It is worth noting that between 2009 and 2013, the total external assistance provided by the UAE related to water problems was worth Dh1.014 billion through the implementation of many projects in 61 countries around the world, according to a report by the Ministry of Development and international cooperation.