By ; Nahla Muqalad
Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA)’s Youth Council organised a forum on innovation, under the theme ‘Let’s innovate with DEWA’s youth.’ The forum included panel discussions and workshops to empower employees and enhance their knowledge on Artificial Intelligence (AI), machine learning, and innovation. This is in addition to a brainstorming session, the session highlighted the main pillars of the UAE Centennial 2071: Future-focused government; excellent education; a diversified knowledge economy; and a happy and cohesive society.
Five DEWA employees gave specialised workshops for more than 60 young men and women. The workshops focused on AI and machine learning basics, AI research at DEWA, creativity excellence journey, disruptive innovation, and the creative personality.
“DEWA is proud of its staff and has taken the responsibility to promote knowledge and innovation among its employees, especially the youth. We appreciate the efforts of DEWA Youth Council to engage DEWA’s youth in sustainable development. This is by organising innovative events to develop their knowledge and capacity. Those activities also introduce them to the latest Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies. This supports the UAE Strategy for the Fourth Industrial Revolution to strengthen the UAE’s position as a global hub for the Fourth Industrial Revolution, contributing to a knowledge-based competitive national economy. DEWA continues to invest in youth, in accordance with the vision and directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to supporting and providing young people with the necessary resources to prepare a generation of creative leaders who will implement ambitious national strategies and plans for the UAE. This supports the wise leadership vision in shaping the future and to make this year, declared ‘2020: Towards the Next 50’ the starting point for the UAE furthering its overall progress, growth and prosperity,” said HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA.
“DEWA prioritises supporting its Youth Council, reflecting its strategy towards youth and efforts to invest in their creative potential. We also give them real growth opportunities and engage them to achieve DEWA’s vision to become a globally leading sustainable innovative corporation. This also achieves the UAE Centennial 2071 to make the UAE the best country in the world, the Dubai Plan 2021 for Dubai to be a city of happy, creative, and empowered people who live in an inclusive and cohesive society,” added Al Tayer.
Aysha Mohammad Alremeithi, DEWA’s Youth Council President, highlighted DEWA’s senior management support to the Council, which consolidates its role as a link between employees and managers. This ensures a convenient environment for youth that enables them to unleash their potential for creativity and innovation. It also activates their key developmental role. The Council contributes to enhancing national identity and good citizenship among youth.
The Youth Talks programme is one of the outcomes of the youth retreat organised by DEWA’s Youth Council following its launch. The programme comprises numerous awareness lectures and motivational workshops, adapted to the interests of the youth and DEWA’s directions. The Council’s strategy is based on five main themes: National Identity and Values, Continuing Education, Professional Development, Future Accelerators and Innovation; and Sustainability. It enhances communication between young employees and the Dubai Youth Council, the executive arm of the Emirates Youth Council.