15 September 2022
In conjunction with the International Law Day 2022, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) organised a series of virtual panel discussions to raise awareness among its employees on the most important legal issues and aspects, and DEWA’s policy that aims at achieving legitimacy and the rule of law. DEWA also shared several awareness newsletters and organised a series of competitions and questionnaires via email and its internal channels, to encourage employees to promote a homogeneous work environment at DEWA. This ensures a balance between rights and duties based on justice, integrity and transparency in a manner that guarantees the happiness of all stakeholders.
“International Law Day, which falls on 13 September of each year, is a momentous occasion to highlight the notable success of Dubai and the UAE in the rule of law. It is also an opportunity to focus on the significant steps we have made, thanks to the wise leadership, that ensure that the UAE is a land of justice, peace and security. It is also a golden opportunity to evoke the importance and status of law in various aspects, which is positively reflected in ranking the UAE among the top countries of the world in various competitiveness indicators at the security, justice, economy and social welfare levels,” said HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA in a speech.
“In this context, the UAE has developed a set of laws and regulations that meet the requirements of business, its organisation and conduct in a flexible manner, within a framework of foundations and principles based on the rules of justice and respect for the rights of all stakeholders. Our laws ensure a reciprocal relationship between laws and social values, in one interconnected system for a sophisticated and civilised society. The Eight Principles of Dubai, launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, clearly states, ‘No One is Above the Law’. This reflects the country’s commitment to the rule of law, which has led to preserving order and contributed to justice and security for all,” added Al Tayer.
“In addition, the Emirate of Dubai in general, and Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) in particular, have adopted all of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 2030, including Goal number 16, which states ‘Promote just, peaceful and inclusive societies’ to achieve sustainable development at all levels, building effective institutions subject to good governance systems. At DEWA, the ‘rule of law’ is a major part of our Good Governance System, and the law is an essential pillar in managing all activities, tasks and operations by adopting policies that support the principles of legitimacy and the rule of law. DEWA provides a creative and cohesive work environment to balance rights and duties as per the principles of fairness, integrity, and transparency; for the happiness of all stakeholders,” said Al Tayer.
“DEWA follows up on all its operations as part of a clear standard, related to its policy to achieve legality and sovereignty of law. This is through all its activities among its divisions. DEWA adheres to justice among all stakeholders, including its staff, and throughout its administrative operations on all levels,” said Yousif Elhassan Badi, Chief Legal Advisor at DEWA.
Several prominent specialists working in legal areas at DEWA participated in the lectures and seminars. Yousif Elhassan Badi, Chief Legal Advisor at DEWA, along with Salima Faisal Mumtaz, Senior Legal Advisor at DEWA, gave a lecture entitled “Dubai Electricity and Water Authority.. New horizons, the current legal status of DEWA as a PJSC”. Fahad Bin Afira, Senior Legal Adviser at DEWA, also gave a lecture entitled “The most prominent legal updates in the business environment of the UAE”. The sessions concluded with a lecture given by Nouf Al-Suwaidi, Senior Legal Researcher at DEWA, entitled “PJSC under the umbrella of the UAE’s laws”. The discussions were moderated by Fatima Al Jokar, Legal Advisor at the Legal Affairs department at DEWA.