HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), announced on Wednesday the allocation of Dh5.8 billion (US$1.57 billion) for electricity and water projects in the Northern Emirates, reported Trade Arabia.
He also affirmed the construction of a Dh 1.2 billion solar power plant, and a water desalination plant with a daily capacity of 150 million gallons in Umm Al Quwain. These two projects will be completed in 2021.
Furthermore, the ambitious plan includes a Dh2.4 billion project to construct dams and federal water supply network to be connected to Dubai and Abu Dhabi, according to Trade Arabia.
HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum also spoke about the national strategic water security plan, set up to diversify non-conventional water sources, and upgrade the water scarcity index by 2036.
The plan includes constructing storage tanks, pipelines and networks handled by the Federal Water and Electricity Authority with a total investment of Dh 2.4 billion.