Dubai, UAE: Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has approved 92,183 No Objection Certificates (NOC) applications in 2022 as part of the Soqoor programme. It is the first government programme of its kind to evaluate consultants and contractors in Dubai and identify their compliance with the requirements, standards, terms and conditions, and guidelines when submitting NOC service applications and field operations for their projects.

The Soqoor programme makes it easier for consultants and contractors to obtain DEWA’s approval from the first time to submit applications, reduce or avoid violations, damages, and fines, save time and effort, and improve field operations, in addition to preserving DEWA’s assets and services. The programme helps all consultants and contractors involved in infrastructure projects, distribution and transmission of electricity and water in Dubai to comply with the highest international standards of quality, safety, and excellence, and guides them to DEWA’s technical requirements, terms and conditions. This enables them to obtain added value and enhance their competitiveness to achieve the technical specifications of DEWA.

“In line with the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, DEWA strives to facilitate all stakeholders and provides all requirements and guidelines for them to work within the best standards, to enrich their experiences and achieves the interests of all stakeholders. We are committed to providing a motivational environment to build and consolidate strong and long-term relationships with our partners. This ensures the prosperity of our business, enhances the UAE’s position and increases its global competitiveness,” said HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA.

Hussain Lootah, Executive Vice President – Transmission (Power) at DEWA, highlighted that DEWA approved 92,183 applications for the NOC service submitted by 2,130 consultants and contractors until the end of December 2022. The Transmission Power division approved 49,011 applications whereas the Distribution Power division approved 32,508 applications; and the Water & Civil division approved 10,664 applications.

The Soqoor programme creates healthy competition among consultants and contractors to ensure compliance with the highest quality, safety, and excellence standards. It makes field operations safer and protects DEWA’s assets and its services. The programme is related to corporate performance based on scientific means, such as the quality of applications and respecting DEWA’s assets. Consultants and contractors who achieve the best performance according to the highest international standards win Soqoor awards in project and service categories, such as Infrastructure Projects NOC; Electricity Network Services; and Water Network Services.