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Masdar Institute is keen to strengthen its research efforts in the field of water desalination in the light of the challenges facing the region, including the scarcity of water resources, Dr. Behjat Al Yousuf, Interim Provost, Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, has said.

She cited that the per capita consumption of water in the state is around 550 liters per day, the highest global rate.

In a statement to Emirates News Agency, WAM, Dr. Al Yousuf said, "Masdar Institute supports the development of new and advanced technologies for water purification and reduction of clean water production costs as well as provision of innovative solutions that help achieve the strategic objectives pertaining to the water security."

 This came on the sidelines of the start of the 9th International Desalination Workshop organised by the Masdar Institute at Yas Rotana Hotel Abu Dhabi, in cooperation with the Technology and Global MVP of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport of South Korea, and the Korean Agency for Infrastructure Technology Advancement.

Dr. Al Yousuf added that Masdar Institute takes great interest in the Institute Center for Water and Environment (iWater) to explore innovative solutions to meet the challenges of water desalination sector.

It  focusses on research and development activities conducted by professors, students, and researchers to devise a sustainable, and low-cost desalination technologies in pursuit of boosting the food security and reducing the depletion of natural freshwater resources, she added.