Dubai drive raises enough to bring water to 7 million people
Published on Jul 16, 2014 6:52 PM
DUBAI (AFP) - A Dubai initiative to provide potable water to five million people facing shortages in Asia and Africa has raised nearly US$50 million (S$62.11 million), local media reported Wednesday.
The UAE Water Aid campaign, named Suqia, has exceeded its goal as the funds collected will in fact benefit seven million people, Emarat Alyoum daily reported.
Contributions from Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum alone would benefit one million people, it said.
The drive was timed to start with the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, a period favoured by believers to pay alms.
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