|23 February, 2020

HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer inaugurates DEWA Innovation Week

As part of its participation in the UAE Innovation Month 2020

HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer inaugurates DEWA Innovation Week

Dubai, UAE: HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), has inaugurated DEWA’s Innovation Week that DEWA is organising at its headquarters. This is part of its participation in the UAE Innovation Month, announced by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. The Innovation Month was announced under the theme ‘The UAE Innovates in Preparation for the Next 50 Years’.

During the Innovation Week at the Innovation Park, the Innovation Tent and the Innovation Festival areas, DEWA will demonstrate its innovations and those of startups. These include Virtual Power Plants; robots for assessing the locations of PV panels, generating solar energy with Artificial Intelligence; the 3D Printer; DEWA’s smart grid; smart home; Sahab cloud platform; smart AC; automated fire-fighting safety systems; and Intelligent Gas Turbine Controllers among others.

DEWA’s employees, experts, and specialists will provide several workshops on robots, conservation, and disruptive technologies at the Innovation Tent. The innovations and projects, which DEWA will showcase through its stand at Emirates Towers, include its Fourth Industrial Revolution projects, disruptive technologies, and the Dubai 10X initiative. DEWA will also organise the 9th Annual Innovation and the Future Conference, which brings together an array of speakers and innovators. These include Hazzaa Al Mansoori, the first UAE astronaut; Arnold Gutmann, Sr. Executive Partner from Gartner; Chris Huff, Chief Strategy Officer from Kofax, and Henrik von Scheel, Germany's digital agenda mastermind, and the originator of the 4th Industrial Revolution.

“DEWA promotes innovation among its employees and all society members. It adopts innovation in its work through an institutional approach and is moving steadily towards the next 50 years by building a sustainable future. This is in accordance with the directives of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE; His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai; and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces. The UAE Innovation Month is particularly important this year as we double our efforts to prepare for the next 50 years and hosting the Expo 2020 Dubai. His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid described this as a ‘Continuous journey with no time limit,’ and we intend to maintain this innovation journey in the UAE,” said Al Tayer.

“DEWA races against time to achieve the highest success to enhance government work to the highest standards, by anticipating the future and innovating its technologies and tools to best employ them. This achieves the Dubai 10X initiative and the UAE Centennial 2071 to make the UAE the best country in the world; the National Innovation Strategy to make the UAE one of the most innovative nations in the world, the Dubai Innovation Strategy to make Dubai the most innovative city in the world; and the Dubai Plan 2021 to make Dubai proactive and creative in meeting the needs of individuals and society,” added Al Tayer.

“DEWA’s innovations and advanced projects have contributed to many successes and achievements, ranking it among the most prestigious organisations in the world. DEWA’s efforts have resulted in achieving the first place in the 2019 Dubai Customer Happiness and Mystery Shopper Index surveys obtaining 90.1% in the Dubai Government Excellence Program (DGEP), under the umbrella of the Executive Council in Dubai. The UAE, represented by DEWA, has maintained its first global ranking, for the third consecutive year, with scores of 100% in all Getting Electricity indicators in the World Bank's Doing Business 2020 report. The report measures the ease of doing business in 190 economies around the world. DEWA achieved a new world record in electricity Customer Minutes Lost (CML) per year. DEWA recorded 1.86 minutes, in Dubai, compared to around 15 minutes recorded by leading electricity companies in the European Union. This is a new addition to DEWA’s record of international achievements in electricity and water services, surpassing global counterparts. DEWA was awarded the ISO 56002: 2019 in Innovation Management, becoming the first organisation in the world to receive this certificate,” said Al Tayer.

“Our employee happiness towards the Innovation Week last year reached 90%. We strive to increase this percentage and promote innovation through partnerships with the public and private sectors, especially in Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies. These include AI; Unmanned Aerial Vehicles; Energy Storage; Blockchain; Internet of Things (IoT); among others,” said Marwan bin Haidar, Executive Vice President of Innovation and the Future at DEWA.

DEWA called on its employees to participate in the 50-year challenge and present their innovative ideas on the website: uaeinnovates.gov.ae. DEWA also encourages its employees to find solutions for challenges faced by the UAE by its Centennial.

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For more information, please contact:
Khuloud Al Ali / Shaikha Almheiri / Mohammad Almheiri                                           
Dubai Electricity and Water Authority                                                                       
+971 50 8450757 / +971 55 2288228 / +971 50 4511571                               
Media@dewa.gov.ae  / Shaikha.almheiri@dewa.gov.ae  / Mohammad.almheiri@dewa.gov.ae                 

Susan Saidi / Mohammed Meshal
Hattlan Media
+971 50 8076338 / +971 50 7006846
susan@hattlan.com  / mohammed@hattlan.com 

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