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DEWA signs MoU to further Smart Dubai initiative

Steve Rogerson
March 5, 2015
The Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Emirates Integrated Telecommunications (Du) to increase cooperation in developing joint smart services as part of the Smart Dubai initiative.
They aim to develop and launch jointly services that promote customer satisfaction and use the latest payment methods that make life easier for customers. They also plan to exchange knowledge and expertise in corporate social responsibility projects.
The MoU was signed by HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, managing director and CEO of DEWA, and Osman Sultan, CEO of Du. Senior officials of the two organisations were also present.
“By signing this MoU, we look forward to enhancing cooperation with Du in using optical fibre, which will support our efforts to develop smart grids and upgrade Dubai’s energy and water infrastructure,” said Al Tayer.
The Smart Dubai initiative was launched by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, prime minister of the UAE, to make Dubai one of the smartest cities in the world within three years.
“To achieve the Smart Dubai initiative, and our vision to become a sustainable world class utility, DEWA has launched three smart initiatives: connecting solar energy to houses and buildings, launching smart applications through smart meters and grids, and establishing electric-vehicle charging stations in the Emirate,” said Al Tayer. “These initiatives will contribute to creating a smarter and better future for all residents of Dubai and supporting our on-going efforts to achieve the sustainable development of the Emirates and enhance Dubai’s leading position, globally.”
He emphasised DEWA’s commitment to strengthening cooperation with government and private organisations to launch initiatives and services that achieve people’s happiness and enhance Dubai’s sustainable development.
“Du is committed to playing an effective role in Dubai’s smart transformation,” said Sultan. “We realise that this won’t be possible without close collaboration and coordination with all government and private organisations and companies. We are pleased to sign this MoU with DEWA. Electricity and water networks are among the key foundations of any modern city. Du’s efforts will help to enhance these networks and upgrade them from conventional networks to digital smart networks that will make a brighter future of the smart city.”
He added that it was important to enhance and develop the city’s services by introducing the latest applications and technologies to keep up with Dubai’s rapid progress in its smart transformation.