DEWA CEO receives US-UAE Business Council delegation

DUBAI, Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Managing and CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, DEWA, received a delegation of American companies, headed by Danny Sebright, President of the US-UAE Business Council. The delegation included representatives of Accenture, Access Partnership, Cisco, Honeywell, IBM, K and L Gates, Mastercard, Parsons, PayPal, SAS Institute, and VMware.

Those at the meeting discussed strengthening cooperation through DEWA’s initiatives, programmes, projects, and investment opportunities in energy and water.

The meeting was also attended by Shakir Farsakh, Principal Commercial Officer at the US Consulate in Dubai; Dr Yousef Al Akraf, Executive Vice President of Business Support and Human Resources at DEWA; Waleed Salman, Executive Vice President of Business Development and Excellence; and Marwan bin Haidar, Executive Vice President of Innovation and the Future at DEWA.

During the meeting, Al Tayer presented DEWA’s key projects and programmes that support the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai. He also reviewed DEWA’s experiences and best practices in anticipating and shaping the future of energy by pioneering a futuristic model for utilities in the production, transmission, and distribution of electricity and water.

Al Tayer highlighted DEWA’s achievements, noting that its investments over the next five years are to exceed AED81 billion, as part of the efforts to meet the increasing demand for electricity and water in Dubai. DEWA’s efforts resulted in the UAE, represented by DEWA, ranking first globally in obtaining electricity, as per the World Bank’s Doing Business 2018 report. DEWA is also the first organisation outside Europe to receive the Global Excellence Award from the European Foundation for Quality Management, EFQM, and the first organisation to achieve this recognition as a first time applicant. Through this pioneering achievement, DEWA is now in the Platinum category, which is the highest international rank in the Global Excellence Index.

“We are building the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, which has a planned capacity of 5,000 megawatts by 2030, at a total investment of AED50 billion. It supports the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 to provide 75 percent of Dubai’s total power output from clean energy sources by 2050, and make Dubai a global hub for clean energy and green economy,” said Al Tayer.

The US-UAE Business Council has expressed interest in participating in DEWA’s projects in clean and renewable energy, as well as those in the water sector.

Source: Emirates News Agency