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UAE spends AED 1bn on overseas water aid

Figures revealed at launch of new initiative improve drinking water.

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The UAE spent over AED 1bn ($270mn) in foreign aid between 2009 and 2013 to improve water supply in 61 countries.

Nearly half the funds were channeled towards improving basic water supply to households, according to a new report from the Ministry of Development and International Co-operation (MICAD).

Afghanistan emerged as the top recipient of the aid with AED231 mn. Around AED350 mn was spent on developing of river basins with Sudan receiving the lion's share of AED152.3 mn.

The figures were released yesterday as part of a new project to provide clean drinking water to five million people worldwide.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, launched Suqia Initiative (charity water) which begins during the holy month of Ramadan.

The project involves digging wells, providing of water pumps and water purification equipment.

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