Innovations in Climate Resilience: Research on Improving Rainfall in the UAE


Innovations in Climate Resilience is a new series of events organized by the MEI’s Climate and Water Program. The series presents different practical applications that address vulnerability to climate change in the MENA region.

Amid growing concerns about water scarcity and low rainfall rates, efforts are underway globally to come up with solutions and innovative ideas to address the problem. One potential solution being sought in the MENA region is improved rainfall. The United Arab Emirates Research Program for Rain Enhancement Science (UAEREP) contributes to water security innovation by advancing the science, technology and implementation of the improving rainfall, and stimulating additional investments in research funding and global partnerships.

Join Alya Al Mazrouei, Director of the UAE’s Research Program for Rain Enhancement Science, and Mohammed Mahmoud, Director of the MEI’s Climate and Water Program, for a conversation on how UAE is leading rainfall improvement efforts in the MENA region as a way of addressing water scarcity due to climate change and increasing regional water supply.


Alya Al Mazrouei
Director, United Arab Emirates Research Program for Rain Enhancement Science

Mohammad Mahmud, moderator
Senior Fellow and Director of the Climate and Water Program

Detailed Speaker Biographies

Alya Al Mazrouei
Alya Saeed Al Mazrouei is Director of the United Arab Emirates Research Program for Rain Enhancement Science. In this role, she leads a team responsible for managing an international competition promoting UAE engagement and capacity building in the field of weather modification, particularly in the research and development of scientifically advanced technologies for weather modification. improved rain. She joined the National Meteorological Center (NCM) of the United Arab Emirates in 2003 and has held a management position as Head of the Training Section of the R&D Department since 2011. Since joining the NCM, she has led a project to launch a new university program in meteorology. (Bachelor of Science in Meteorology) in cooperation with Abu Dhabi Polytechnic. In the field of training, she has been involved in the use and implementation of a new e-learning methodology at NCM for behavioral and specialized technical skills since 2014. Al Mazrouei has also managed several meteorological courses certified by the World Meteorological Organization through a cooperation agreement with the UK Met Office. In 2005, she received, alongside members of her team, the UAE Weather Modification Excellence Prize. She has also won several other awards for her achievements and contributions to the NCM, including her participation in Phase II of the UAE Rainfall Enhancement Assessment Program in 2003. Alya graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Zayed University (ZU) in 2002.

mohamed mahmoud
Mohammed Mahmoud is director of the climate and water program and senior researcher at the Middle East Institute. His areas of expertise include climate change adaptation, water policy analysis and scenario planning. Previously, Mohammed was a senior policy analyst at the Central Arizona Water Conservation District, where he provided research, modeling, and analysis on Colorado River Basin interstate programs and binational water issues across the United States. and Mexico. Additionally, he is an associate professor at Arizona State University.

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