Sheikh Mohammed launches Well of Hope initiative to tackle water scarcity

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Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid is calling on UAE workers to provide an outpouring of support for an innovative initiative aimed at bringing precious water supplies to where they are needed most across the globe.

The Vice President and Ruler of Dubai has launched the 'Well of Hope", a collective effort aimed at government and private sector employees to ensure needy sections of society have access to clean water.

Take responsibility to act now against water shortages, UAE minister says

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Dry countries in the Middle East and Africa should look to new technology for a reliable water supply, a UAE minister said.

Dr Thani Al Zeyoudi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment, said building desalination plants and a cloud-seeding strategy helped the UAE to address water challenges and called on other nations to plan ahead to avoid cities running dry.

Accumulated rainfall beyond 'normal'

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Dubai: The UAE on Wednesday saw one of the highest rainfalls it has had in recent years, with a day’s rain in Al Shuwaib equivalent to more than 50 times the average rain the country gets every March over the past decade.

Hours of heavy thunderstorms and torrential rains on Monday, Tuesday, and especially Wednesday, that saw many parts of the country reeling in floodwaters.

Heavy rain swamps wide swathes of Dubai on Wednesday

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Dubai: Heavy rain swamped wide swathes of Dubai on Wednesday, wreaking havoc for anyone caught on foot or in their cars in the storm.

The deluge of steady precipitation yesterday in Dubai flooded low-lying sections of slip roads, roundabouts and residential streets.