By ; Adel Farig
Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has won 7 awards in the 11th edition of the 2019 Golden Bridge Business and Innovation Awards held recently in San Francisco, USA. The honours, which include three golds, two silvers and two bronzes, are a testament of DEWA’s success and pioneering efforts in promoting a culture of creativity and innovation and taking government work to new heights. DEWA won gold for its Smart Office Application within the category of Best Mobile Sites & Apps of the Year, for its Cloud Platform called “Sahab” within the category of Information Technology Cloud and gold for the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park Project within the category of Solar Energy. DEWA received Silver awards for the Smart Grid Station within the category of Energy Efficiency, for its Smart Response Service within the category of Startup of the Year-| Consumer Services. DEWA also bagged two bronze awards for Rammas within the category of Artificial Intelligence and for its Geospatial Digital Transformation within the category of IT Software. HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of DEWA, stressed that the awards are a new global recognition of DEWA’s efforts in developing its work according to the highest international standards and cutting-edge technologies in all fields of work. “DEWA gets its inspiration for its programmes and initiatives from His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to improve government services. We seek to reshape the future of utilities around the world by supporting innovation and making it a cornerstone for continuous improvement. This will enhance DEWA’s competitiveness, keep pace with the Fourth Industrial Revolution, and take advantage of disruptive technologies such as AI, drones, 3D printing, blockchain technology, and the Internet of Things (IoT) among others. Our strategies, programmes, and initiatives are based on enhancing the concept of innovation and adopting the latest technologies across DEWA’s fields of work, contributing to achieving the objectives of the UAE Centennial 2071 to make the UAE the best country in the world,” added Al Tayer. “DEWA supports to achieve the objectives of the UAE to take the lead in the region and the world. DEWA contributes affectively in achieving joint strategies to support sustainable development in Dubai and the UAE. Today, DEWA has a world-class infrastructure, with a capacity of 11,400 MW of electricity and 470 million gallons of desalinated water per day, to meet the ever-increasing demand in Dubai. At the same time, DEWA’s assets have grown to exceed AED 144 billion with an additional AED 86 billion to be invested over the next five years for capacity building in electricity and water for Dubai. The UAE, represented by DEWA, has maintained its first global ranking, for the third consecutive year, with scores of 100% in all Getting Electricity indicators in the World Bank’s Doing Business 2020 report. The report measures the ease of doing business in 190 economies around the world. DEWA will pursue its efforts to enhance the country's competitiveness, excellence and position as a leading world centre of clean energy and green economy. We will not hesitate to provide whatever needed to make our citizens and residents happier, enhance their satisfaction with our services, to make Dubai the smartest and happiest city ever,” added Al Tayer. “DEWA’s consecutive achievements clearly demonstrate its determination to be number one in the race for the future. Its development journey continues as we leverage all capabilities and employ the latest disruptive and Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies. Furthermore, DEWA will utilise solutions provided by such technology in order to provide unconventional and unique quality services beyond customer's expectations and rise to Dubai’s global status. As DEWA’s top management understands the importance of innovation and its active role to improve work, DEWA made innovation a daily practice in its work. This has helped create additional opportunities that have reinforced the pioneering status of DEWA among the world's leading service providers,” said Marwan Bin Haidar, Executive Vice President of Innovation and the Future at DEWA.