HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer has outlined the role of modern technologies in developing the energy and water sectors.
The MD and CEO of Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA) also redefined the concept of utilities to achieve the vision and directives of the UAE’s wise leadership to keep pace with the latest developments and disruptive technologies of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, while focusing on shaping the future and improving the skills of Emiratis.
Al Tayer made these comments in his keynote speech at the EmTech MENA 2019 conference.
Dubai Future Foundation organised the conference in partnership with MIT Technology Review with the theme ‘Discover the emerging technologies that will change the world.’
Al Tayer said that the Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence in Abu Dhabi, the world's first postgraduate, research-based artificial intelligence university, shows the UAE’s commitment to achieve its vision.
HE said: “His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, launched the Dubai 10X initiative to mandate the Government of Dubai to become a global leader that is 10 years ahead of all other cities through government innovation and reshaping the way things have been done before.
“To achieve this initiative, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) is committed to incorporating innovation in all its strategies and initiatives, as well as adopting disruptive technologies.
“This supports government plans such as the National Artificial Intelligence Strategy 2031, to develop an integrated system that employs AI in vital areas of the UAE; the UAE Strategy for the Fourth Industrial Revolution, to strengthen the UAE's position as a global hub for the Fourth Industrial Revolution, and increase its contribution to the national economy by advancing innovation and future technologies.
“We are also committed to sharing expertise and best practices in these sectors. We have 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.”
Al Tayer noted that DEWA is one of the first government organisations to provide all its services through various smart channels, to achieve the directives of the wise leadership to transform the Government of Dubai into a fully digital government and the first paperless government by the end of 2021.