HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has visited Dubai Electricity and Water Authority’s (DEWA’s) stand at the Dubai International Government Achievements Exhibition (DIGAE 2016) after His Highness opened the exhibition. His Highness was accompanied by HH Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior, HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Dubai Executive Council, HH Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister for Culture and Knowledge Development, and HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chief Executive and Chairman of Emirates Airline and Group. DIGAE 2016’s theme is ‘Local Governments, Global Achievements,’ and is being held at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre. Various national and international government organisations are taking part in the three-day exhibition.
HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum was received by HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA. Al Tayer briefed His Highness about DEWA’s key achievements in smart transformation, which support the Smart Dubai initiative, launched by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum to make Dubai the happiest city on Earth. Smart Dubai was established to empower, deliver and promote an efficient, seamless, safe and impactful city experience. DEWA’s efforts include its three smart initiatives: Shams Dubai to connect solar energy to houses and buildings, smart applications through smart meters and grids, and the Green Charger to build the infrastructure and electric vehicle charging stations.
His Highness also reviewed DEWA’s clean energy initiatives that support the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 to provide 7% of Dubai’s total power output from clean energy by 2020, 25% by 2030 and 75% by 2050. One of DEWA’s key projects is the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, which will produce 1,000MW by 2020 and 5,000MW by 2030. When complete, it will reduce 6.5 million tonnes of carbon emissions annually.
“We were honoured today by the visit of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to DEWA’s stand. His Highness reviewed a number of DEWA’s smart initiatives and services that support our efforts to achieve the vision of His Highness to provide the best innovative government services around the clock through simple and easy procedures at the highest levels of efficiency to meet customers’ requirements and expectations, to ensure a high-quality life for citizens, residents, and visitors, and make society happier. His Highness also reviewed the latest developments to achieve the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy, which aims to transform Dubai into a global hub for clean energy and green economy. DEWA’s projects adhere to the main themes of the exhibition, which are Happiness, Smart Transformation, and Achievement,” said Al Tayer.
“We are pleased to be participating in this year’s Dubai International Government Achievements Exhibition, which is an important step towards achieving the vision of the Dubai Government Excellence Programme, which supports the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and the directives of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council, to unify government efforts. The exhibition has established its position as an ideal platform to promote integration among government organisations, while they work on their transformation into smart government systems. The exhibition has also become an umbrella for government organisations to present their achievements, initiatives, projects, and services, and exchange expertise and best practices with local, federal, and international government organisations. It also creates an opportunity for international government organisations to learn about Dubai Government’s experience. This has established a culture of excellence, and has become a role model for government excellence and creativity,” added Al Tayer.
At DIGAE 2016, DEWA presented the Hassyan clean-coal power plant, which will be the first-of-its-kind in the region, has the latest and most advanced technologies in the world and is fully-compliant with international standards. DEWA Innovation Centre features a number of research and development centres in clean energy technologies, drone research, 3D-printing, and water desalination using solar energy, with a total investment of AED 500 million.
DEWA is also showing the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Water Award, which was launched by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and is worth USD1 million. The award is presented by the UAE Water Aid Foundation, under the umbrella of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives, to find sustainable solutions to the issue of water scarcity, using solar energy to purify and desalinate water.
At DEWA’s stand, the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy presents the Emirates Energy Award (EEA) 2016-2017, whose theme is Innovative Solutions for Clean Energy. EEA recognises the efforts of organisations and individuals in energy management and conservation. It encourages education and research in energy by nurturing an environment of creativity, competition, innovation, and excellence as part of its development of innovative clean energy solutions.
DEWA’s stand at DIGAE 2016 includes the Mai Dubai water bottling company and plant, and Dubai Carbon Centre of Excellence (Dubai Carbon), which focuses on developing strategies and frameworks to reduce carbon emissions, RWE Middle East, the leading consultancy company in the energy sector, and Etihad ESCO are working to establish the energy efficiency contracting market in Dubai by developing energy efficiency projects for 30,000 buildings.