Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation to strengthen collaboration in terms of organising varied activities that promote positive reading and disseminate knowledge and culture. This aims to strengthen and support their strategic partnership and combine the efforts of local government organisations to encourage and consolidate a culture of reading, in implementation of the directives of HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, who announced 2016 as the Year of Reading, and in line with the launch of the Arab Reading Challenge by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai to encourage over a million of students in the Arab world to read 50 million books during each academic year.
The MoU was signed by HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of DEWA and HE Jamal bin Huwaireb Managing Director of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation at a press conference held at the Burj Al Arab hotel in Dubai.
During the press conference, DEWA launched its three initiatives, in collaboration with the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation, to encourage reading and knowledge. The first initiative is called Reading is Positive Energy, the second initiative is to set up a book fair at Za’abeel Park during 2016 and dedicate a pavilion for Emirati publishers and the third is to sponsor the Knowledge Chair, which is a small library, in the shape of a chair, containing books and useful publications, with quotes by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum on the importance of science and knowledge.
“DEWA has established key pillars to realise its vision to become a sustainable innovative world-class utility, playing a key role in disseminating creativity and excellence, and making our students among the best in the world in terms of reading, knowledge, and scientific research. We also seek to discover innovators, creative minds and talented students, promote their capabilities and skills, and attract them to work for DEWA,” said HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of DEWA.
“By launching today's initiatives, DEWA is contributing, in collaboration with the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation, to encourage reading and making books available to everyone all year round to ensure a positive change takes place in our society, by raising a cultured generation of readers. By assigning a location of its own at Za’abeel Park for a permanent book fair, DEWA contributes to encouraging Nationals, residents and visitors to read. This will definitely promote our efforts to become a beacon of civilisation and reading,” added Al Tayer.
“Our visionary leadership realises that the Arab World faces great challenges and a reading crisis, and that no nation can elevate itself without reading. To achieve this noble aim, we have to prepare a generation of readers who have the passion for reading and knowledge. At DEWA, we have already started this with our Knowledge department, in collaboration with competent authorities, to provide the facilities and means to create a knowledge-based environment. DEWA's knowledge centres are repositories of valuable paper and digital books and volumes and are will become accessible to students. We will also provide specialist training courses to teach the basics of reading Arabic, as well as providing sources of knowledge and reading in all subjects and sciences, including renewable and clean energy. There will be also campaigns and activities to improve reading skills,” said Al Tayer.
“As you all know, the objective written word has a great effect on people, as it builds up relations among individuals and societies and elevates nations. So, our role will never cease until we achieve our aspirations and goals. I would like to conclude here with a quote from His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who said that, “Our goal is to make the UAE a beacon of knowledge and education, just as Baghdad, Andalusia, Granada, and others were centres of enlightenment, knowledge and civilisation over many centuries,”” said Al Tayer.
“Once again, I would like to thank you all for attending today, and I hope that these initiatives will have everyone's support to be a reality for the common good of our nation,” concluded Al Tayer.
“Since its inception, Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation is always keen to launch initiatives, projects and partnerships with all branches of the UAE’s government and private organisations to spread innovation, leadership and excellence, nationally and throughout the Arab. Today’s initiative supports the directives of our visionary leadership, and implements of the directives of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, who announced 2016 as the Year of Reading, and the launch of the Arab Reading Challenge by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai” said Bin Huwaireb.
“The Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation’s partnerships with different government departments shows our how much we are working and integrating with government organisations. These efforts are testimony to the Foundation’s basic role of disseminating a culture of reading and knowledge throughout UAE society,” added Bin Huwaireb.
“The Foundation will provide all the necessary support to all knowledge initiatives launched by the UAE government’s organisations, and welcomes all other bodies who are willing to benefit from our expertise on this. I wish for the success of every initiative that is promoting reading and contributing to the UAE’s position as a beacon of culture and knowledge regionally and globally,” added Bin Huwaireb.
“The MoU aims to foster collaboration between DEWA and the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation to make the best use of its expertise, and technical and financial capabilities for continuous development to enhance positive reading, sharing sources of knowledge, including access to libraries and electronic sources of information, support programmes of knowledge management, and enriching the Arab content of knowledge by publishing specialised translated books and publications to disseminate culture, encourage reading, and organise cultural events of common interest,” concluded Bin Huwaireb.