DUBAI: Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, DEWA, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, with TECOM Investments to enhance cooperation and partnership between them, in an effort to support developmental initiatives and projects, particularly DEWA’s smart initiatives, including electric vehicle charging infrastructure, and smart applications through smart metres and grids.
The cooperation supports the Smart Dubai initiative, launched by Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, to make Dubai the smartest city in the world.
The MoU was signed by Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of DEWA, and Dr. Amina Al Rustamani, Group CEO of TECOM Investments, and stipulates that the two sides promote joint work and exchange of knowledge, expertise, experiences, and best practices in various disciplines related to common areas of work, in addition to conducting joint research and consultations on projects that support the sustainable development of Dubai.
“DEWA works at all levels to achieve the Smart Dubai initiative, launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. We do this by our smart initiatives, and working to achieve the Dubai Plan 2021, which has sustainability as one its main themes. We also work in line with the Dubai Integrated Energy Strategy 2030 to diversify the energy mix and reduce energy demand by 30 percent by 2030,” said Al Tayer.
Al Tayer also said that the MoU will help DEWA implement its smart initiatives in collaboration with its partners. “We will collaborate with TECOM Investments to develop the necessary frameworks to promote the use of smart applications through smart meters and grids, and establish the infrastructure and charging stations for electric vehicles. Through such cooperation, DEWA is looking forward to promoting joint work between the public and private sectors. Our objective is to consolidate the foundations of environmental sustainability, strengthen the sustainability of natural resources, and protect the environment for generations to come,” he said.
Dr. Amina Al Rustamani said, “The MoU supports the efforts of both DEWA and TECOM Investments to enhance the sustainable development of Dubai by supporting smart projects and initiatives through joint projects with different stakeholders in the emirate. Both organisations have proven track records and distinguished expertise in the area of sustainable development and sustainable growth. This MoU will help to put our efforts within a consolidated framework to ensure our joint projects are done on time and to the fullest.” She continued, “We will continue our efforts to contribute to achieving the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed, to transform Dubai into a smart city with world-class standards that will be a role model for the region and the world. We have already started implementing these initiatives in the Dubai Design District, which will be a leading smart city in Dubai.”