WETEX 2018

Delegation from American Technology companies discusses enhancing cooperation with DEWA

HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) and Founder and Chairman of Water, Energy, Technology, and Environment Exhibition (WETEX), received a high-level US delegation headed by Danny Sebright, President of the US—UAE Business Council, at the 21st WETEX. DEWA organised WETEX under the directives of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and under the patronage of HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, Minister of Finance and President of DEWA.

The delegation included Shakir Farsakh, Commercial Attaché at the Consulate General of the United States of America in Dubai; Christopher El Murr, Senior Director of the US-UAE Business Council; Thomas Bruns, Regional Senior Commercial Officer for the Gulf and Commercial Counsellor at the US Embassy in Abu Dhabi; Rachel Duran, Commercial Attaché for the US Embassy in Abu Dhabi; in addition to officials from Apple, Facebook, IBM, Visa, MasterCard, NASDAQ, Oracle, PayPal, SAS, Accenture, Boloro, Cheiniard, Kalaga, DLE, and HBI . Dr Yousef Al Akraf, Executive Vice President of Business Support and Human Resources; and Jamal Al Hammadi, Vice President of Clean Energy and Diversification at DEWA, were present.

“At DEWA, we are committed to achieve the vision and directives of the wise leadership of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, and His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. We also keep up with the government strategies including the UAE Centennial 2071, a long-term government plan to prepare the UAE and young Emiratis for the future; the UAE Strategy for the Fourth Industrial Revolution, which aims to strengthen the UAE's position as a global hub for the Fourth Industrial Revolution and to increase its contribution to the national economy by means of advancing innovation and future technologies; and the Dubai 10X Initiative, which mandates the Government of Dubai to be a global leader that is 10 years ahead of all other cities through government innovation and reformulation of traditional work mechanisms,” said Al Tayer.

The two sides discussed cooperating in the developed database system Mongo DB; the artificial intelligence cloud solutions, and collaboration with Moro data hub, launched by DEWA in 2018 to provide innovative digital services. The two sides also discussed joint work on Facebook's Libra cryptocurrency, smarter logistics and smart buildings.

“WETEX has consolidated its leading global position as an important platform that underscores the close link between sustainability and the Fourth Industrial Revolution’s technologies, the impact of disruptive technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, robotics, the Internet of Things, 3D printing, drones, energy storage, data protection, blockchain, and big data. Another milestone for DEWA is the launch of its digital arm, Digital DEWA, which redefines the concept of a service utility and creates a new digital future for Dubai. This will also make DEWA the first digital institution in the world, with autonomous systems for renewable energy and storage, with the expansion of the use of artificial intelligence and digital services,” added Al Tayer.

The visiting delegation commended the growth of WETEX, and its position as one of the most important international specialised exhibitions and the largest in the region. This reflects the growing position of the UAE and Dubai as a hub for Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies.

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