14 October 2021
HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), participated in the 21st session of the ‘100 Mentors’ initiative, one of the Emirates Youth Council initiatives. The initiative is implemented under the patronage of HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Executive Council. During the session entitled ‘Energy between the Past and the Future,’ organised in collaboration with DEWA’s Youth Council, Al Tayer tackled national efforts in clean energy and related key projects and initiatives in Dubai. These include the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, the largest single-site solar park in the world using the Independent Power Producer (IPP) model. The Solar Park will have a production capacity of 5,000 megawatts (MW) by 2030.
Al Tayer highlighted the importance of empowering and qualifying youth, investing in their potential to become the next sustainability leaders and continue the growth journey of the UAE. Al Tayer also underlined the importance of engaging youth in achieving the UAE Energy Strategy 2050 and the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 to provide 75% of Dubai’s total power capacity from clean energy sources by 2050.
“We are guided by the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to start preparing tomorrow’s leaders today, benefit from their potential and creativity to preserve the country’s gains over the past 50 years and make more achievements in the next 50 years. This achieves the UAE Centennial 2071 to make the UAE the world’s leading nation. We have an integrated strategy to qualify youth for participating in different areas of national work. DEWA has 3,743 youth employees aged between 18 and 35 years; 56% are Emirati. Youth constitute 25% of DEWA’s total workforce,” said Al Tayer.
Al Tayer praised the Emirates Youth Council efforts to strengthen youth skills and enable them to play a key and influential role in shaping the UAE’s future. Al Tayer noted that the ‘100 Mentors’ programme inspires youth and expands their horizons by opening direct communication channels between youth and leaders across different sectors. Al Tayer highlighted DEWA’s support to its Youth Council to consolidate its position among national youth councils and enhance the UAE’s competitiveness in other areas and DEWA’s globally leading position.
“DEWA’s youth play a pivotal role in all events, initiatives, and programmes including the Water, Energy, Technology, and Environment Exhibition (WETEX) and Dubai Solar Show, and the World Green Economy Summit (WGES). The WGES has become an important platform to enhance the role of entrepreneurs and motivate them to find innovative and sustainable solutions. DEWA strives to motivate youth to create and excel. It also harnesses their advanced knowledge in the latest technologies to increase their contribution in anticipating the future and building a sustainable future as well as making Dubai a global hub for clean energy and green economy,” added Al Tayer.
“What the national organisations do in the UAE is an extension and translation of our leader’s vision to empower and involve the youth through narrowing the distance between the decision-makers and the youth’s voice, visions and aspirations in all sectors and areas. We are lucky today to host a national figure who leads one of the most remarkable development organisations in water, energy and the environment. He has made a massive contribution to the development of the country, and is always keen to share his experience and skills with the next generations,” said HE Shamma bint Suhail bin Faris Al Mazrui, Minister of State for Youth Affairs.
“We collaborate with DEWA to empower and involve the youth in the UAE. Our collaboration is strategic and in three different tracks, either through DEWA’s activities and services, or the interaction with its leaders and experts to invest their skills and energy to support the youth. This is also through DEWA’s Innovation Centre, at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park. It supports our mutual efforts to prepare young leaders in clean energy innovation,” added Al Mazrui.
Al Mazrui highlighted that the ‘100 Mentors’ initiative helps to redesign the thought process among participants on all levels. The youth gets introduced and interacts with the professional and personal sides of the speakers and panels, opening up new horizons based on the projects that are highlighted and discussed. This is in line with the national agenda to build capabilities, enhance skills and invest in youth energy.