29 May 2018
HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) witnessed the signing of Memorandums of Understanding (MoU) with three start-ups to work with them in the 4th Dubai Future Accelerators Programme. The Programme is organised by the Dubai Future Foundation, with the theme ‘One Team Co-Creating the Future.’ It aims to strengthen the UAE's position, enhance its role as a leading hub for shaping the future, and make it a platform to test solutions and technologies that shape a better tomorrow for humanity.
Through its participation in the Dubai Future Accelerators programme, the largest accelerator programme in the world, DEWA aims to continue to explore and develop innovative and sustainable solutions to its challenges.
DEWA has selected three start-up companies based on the future challenges. The MOUs aim to strengthen cooperation to find innovative solutions in Artificial Intelligence (AI), electrical load control and the Internet of Things (IoT). The MoU also aims to transform the DEWA office at the Dubai Future Accelerators premises in Emirates Towers, into a smart office based on IoT, as well as test the two self-cleaning devices for solar power panels.
“The signing of these MoUs reflect the words of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, who once observed that ‘Our 2071 Strategy is founded on a set of fundamentals, primarily Artificial Intelligence across all our government and private sectors.’ This also supports the vision of His Highness to make Dubai a global role model for clean energy and green economy, by keeping pace with the Fourth Industrial Revolution and disruptive technologies such as AI, drones, energy storage, blockchain, and the Internet of Things. The signing of these MoUs also comes within the framework of achieving the objectives of the 10X initiative launched by His Highness to propel Dubai into the future, putting it 10 years ahead of other global cities through government innovation,” said Al Tayer.
“DEWA participated in the 4th Dubai Future Accelerator Programme to develop new technologies that help improve the quality of electricity and water services. In this round of the Dubai Future Accelerator Programme, we will cooperate with the three selected companies to adopt innovative solutions that manage the accelerating changes and address the future challenges in the main sectors of DEWA’s work,” added Al Tayer
DEWA has participated in the three rounds of the Dubai Future Accelerator Programme, which concluded with 11 MoUs and 5 innovative pilot projects. DEWA is currently working on the completion of 6 new projects related to its services and its digital transformation and smart infrastructure.