About Us

Our Vision

a culture that cares about its natural resources, feels responsible and practices sustainable daily habits to preserve water resources in the UAE.


Our Story

The Water Alliance (previously Surge) was started in 2014 in Dubai. It was born from the vision that no one should be without safe drinking water and that those more privileged can be more responsible for their water use.

In 2019, the organisation has re-branded to the Water Alliance in an effort to federate all sectors of society toward the goal of preserving and protecting water resources for everyone, forever.

Our Team

Volunteers are the secret to our success. We work to educate children and adults to become mindful of their water footprint. Passionate about sustainable living, we work together to inspire everyone to take new steps, big or small, toward reducing our impact on earth’s natural resources.

Our core team works to develop new programs and secure support to grow our reach across the UAE.

Linda Merieau
Executive Director

A champion of cross-sector partnership for the greater good, Linda believes that water is the foundation for a prosperous planet for all people and that education provides the key to preserving and protecting this precious, shared resource.


Edurne Gil
Program Director

A deep curiosity and love for our planet and its diversity has led Edurne to pursue a career in Sustainability. Experienced in advocacy, awareness raising, and CSR, she promotes collaboration as the means to achieve greater impact.


Mayada Shama
Program Coordinator

Trained as an interior designer, Mayada loves to spend her energy helping to plant a seed of sustainability in the minds of the next generation of leaders. She is inspired, each day, to make the world a better place by her two young boys!