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In 2016, the World Economic Forum (WEF) listed ‘Water Crises’ as one of top 10 global risks to impact the world. Water security concerns are particularly acute in the UAE as the country is located in one of the most water scarce regions of the world. In line with the UAE Vision 2021 and SDG 6, the Ministry of Energy and Industry (MOEI) developed the UAE Water Security Strategy 2036 with the overarching objective of setting a roadmap to achieve water security. The strategy was developed in collaboration with more than 30 entities in the water sector and built on a large repertoire of previous studies and references. The aim of the strategy is to enhance water security planning and risk management, through tools such as the national water risk register, an integrated hydraulic water network model and an emergency impact simulator.

  • The UAE energy and water demand-side management program 2050, launched in 2018, will set the action plan required to reach national targets for energy and water demand reduction and efficiency improvements

  • The Water Security Strategy 2036, launched in 2018, is considered the first unified water security strategy in the country.

CUD has a strong relationship with the organization in charge of drinking water in Dubai, so agreements have been made to study and support the government with the processes to provide drinking water to all people in the country.


To coincide with the sharp increase in wastewater generation as a direct effect of the UAE's growing population, CUD and the government are regularly studying the situation and investing in upgrading and expanding sewerage systems to ensure a sustainable wastewater disposal and treatment system.

Canadian University Dubai has teamed up with the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority - DEWA to further strengthen its sustainable environmental practices in the management of physical infrastructure and campus facilities.

CUD has been recognized in the higher education sector as a leader in the environmental movement. In recent years, the University has adapted its lighting, air conditioning and water consumption systems to improve its energy efficiency and reduce its use of natural resources.

  • Water and Wastewater Quality Control

This course focuses on the principles of water management (both in quantity and quality) with emphasis on fresh water resources for domestic and multi-purpose utilization. Characterization, treatment, reclamation, and recycling of wastewater are also discussed. International guidelines, standards, and directives for water and wastewater management are presented.

Dubai Municipality maintains two main sanitation plants, one in Al Awir, and one in Jebel Ali. There are also several smaller sewage treatment plants around the emirate operated by private operators to serve specific districts or neighborhoods.

CUD has agreements with the two plants to help study the status of drinking water, students visit the plants to learn about the wastewater treatment process currently in place, and this also helps to raise awareness about water waste on campus.

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Two of Canadian University Dubai’s most talented and inventive Environmental Health students participated in the “Seeds of the Future” competition hosted by Huawei. They competed against 50 other inventors vying for worldwide recognition and were awarded funding of AED 25,000 to bring their project to life.

The event, which was held in cooperation with the Federal Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) and held under the patronage of the Ministry of Health, reached out to young minds in a bid to inspire innovation in the field of Environmental Health Management.

The competition took place over a 6-month period and among the original fifty entries from different educational institutions in the UAE, the CUD team was selected to be among the sixteen teams in the second round which was then trimmed to six teams in the third and final round.

The team was supported by Dr. Yassen Alfoteih, Assistant Professor, who specializes in Environmental Biology. All hypothesis testing, technical support and portfolio were carried out at CUD science labs designed to find an effective, easy, cheap and practical product along with a phone app. to check the purity of drinking water.

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A unique invention aimed at conserving natural rainwater for use in irrigation systems has won a national high school innovation competition, organized by Canadian University Dubai (CUD).

The competition, which was won by a team from Abu Dhabi Grammar School, was staged alongside the International Conference on Leadership, Innovation and Entrepreneurship held recently in Dubai. It challenged teams of senior high school students to develop a new technology, business concept, product or service that reflected one or more of the conference themes.

The top ten projects were presented to a multidisciplinary panel of academic judges during day one of the conference, with the top three winning teams being announced during the gala dinner, which concluded the two-day event. The all-girl group of students – Hamida Al-Aribe, Sama Abdelsalam and Dana Dobrosavljevic – presented the winning entry on behalf of the Abu Dhabi Grammar School team, taking away AED 5,000 for their innovative and environmentally-conscious technology.

Hamida explained, “Our new conservative irrigation system supports the collection of rainwater, and its transportation to a storage box, from where it can then be used for irrigation purposes. The system also has soil moisture sensors that indicate the moisture in the soil to make sure that no water is wasted.”

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  • Prestigious Dewa Award

The Canadian University of Dubai has reaffirmed its commitment to a sustainable future for Dubai by participating in the prestigious DEWA Conservation Awards for the past several years.

The DEWA Conservation Awards recognize the efforts of institutions and individuals in the education sector to reduce electricity and water consumption. They also recognize the best practices of students, faculty members, teachers and administrators.

Up against more than 30 other universities, many of which have been participating in the awards for several years, the Canadian University of Dubai has won the conservation team award several times.

A holistic approach across the University ensured first place in the Conservation team category. The campaign involved creating a number of innovative strategies such as the 'tabling teams' to sign up students, 'green police', communications strategies including social media, posters and emails, and classroom activities such a recycled art and Furnitrash.

  • Conscious water usage

CUD is strongly committed to carry out campaigns to promote the care of water and its use not only on campus, but locally and internationally, so during the World Water Day events have been held and lectures have been given to schools to learn about the current state of water in the country and how to raise awareness among young people.

This also using the support of DEWA in the process of informing everyone in Dubai and the Emirate of Dubai about the waste of water and their research processes and creation of technologies that will help to meet the goal