By ; Nelly All
Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has organised the Future Shaping Workshop for the management team, in cooperation with US-based Institute for the Future. The workshop is under the umbrella of DEWA’s specialised programme for anticipating and shaping the Future that it organises to discuss using disruptive technologies and the Fourth Industrial Revolution applications to accelerate DEWA’s efforts in creating a new digital for Dubai.
HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA said that the programme supports DEWA’s efforts to achieve the directives of the wise leadership to anticipate and keep pace with the latest developments in strategic sectors, based on sound scientific foundations and a clear vision that foresees future challenges and turns them into promising opportunities.
“His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, once observed, ‘The future is not something we wait for, but something we make. We look ahead into the future and predict and shape it by being proactive in innovating and employing future technologies to bring about development and growth, and build a knowledge-based economy.” To achieve DEWA’s vision to become a globally leading sustainable innovative corporation, we are aiding Dubai’s progress in leading the future by reworking the traditional concepts of work mechanisms to suit the rapid global changes and strengthen Dubai’s position as an incubator for creativity and a beacon of innovation to ensure we are at the forefront of cities that anticipate and shape the future. We do this through innovation, which we place at the forefront of our priorities, in addition to using the best disruptive technologies and Fourth Industrial Revolution applications, such as Artificial Intelligence; Unmanned Aerial Vehicles; Energy Storage; Blockchain; and Big Data, among others. These efforts contribute to achieving the government plans and strategies including the UAE Centennial 2071; the National Artificial Intelligence Strategy 2031; the UAE Strategy for the Fourth Industrial Revolution; and the Dubai 10X initiative, which mandates the Government of Dubai to be a global leader that is 10 years ahead of other cities through government innovation and the reformation of traditional work mechanisms, and other government strategies that employ futuristic technologies to achieve the happiness of customers and society as a whole,” said Al Tayer.
“Excellence is a continuous journey that requires effective partnerships to anticipate and shape the future. DEWA has several agreements and strategic partnerships with global technology leaders. DEWA is the first government utility in the world to join the Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution of the World Economic Forum (WEF) as a partner. DEWA is also the first public utility in the world to form a strategic partnership with Berkeley Artificial Intelligence Research Lab; and is the first utility in the world and the first organisation outside the US to participate in Microsoft’s Quantum programme. Organising the Future Shaping Workshop in partnership with the Institute for the Future, supports this journey to enhance the use of disruptive technologies to develop the energy and water sectors, in line with the vision of the wise leadership to not only anticipate the future but also shape it, and which accepts nothing short of the first place in all areas,” added Al Tayer.
“DEWA continues its robust approach in enhancing strategic partnerships with international organisations to share experiences and best practices, especially in anticipating and shaping the future and in innovation. DEWA’s partnership with the Institute for the Future supports its efforts to redefine the concept of a utility and become a global model in anticipating and shaping the future, making use of disruptive technologies and smart transformation in all its operations,” said Marwan Bin Haidar, Executive Vice President of Innovation and the Future at DEWA.