DEWA signs MoU with 3M to cooperate in R&D and disruptive innovation

DUBAI, 26th May, 2018 (WAM) — The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, DEWA, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, with 3M, an international company specialised in research and development, to exchange and share knowledge and expertise in anticipating the future and developing disruptive innovation in DEWA’s work.

This is part of DEWA’s efforts to keep pace with the Fourth Industrial Revolution. The MoU was signed by Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of DEWA, and Robert Nichols, Managing Director of 3M in the Middle East and North Africa.

The signing ceremony was attended by Marwan bin Haidar, Executive Vice President of Innovation and the Future, and Khawla Al Mehairi, Executive Vice President of Strategy and Government Communications at DEWA. It was also attended by Osama Hammoudeh, Director of Strategic Accounts and Government Affairs, and Ibrahim Tawfik, General Manager of Safety Business at 3M.


Commenting on the MoU, Al Tayer said, “At DEWA, we strive to achieve the vision of our wise leadership to anticipate the future and innovate and employ new technologies to achieve the best results. Our strategies and initiatives are in line with national plans and strategies. These include the UAE Centennial 2071, the UAE Artificial Intelligence Strategy, the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 and the Dubai 10x Initiative.

“The MoU with 3M supports our efforts to enhance DEWA’s competitiveness and excellence in fast-paced technological developments. We do this by cooperating with leading international organisations to develop disruptive technologies and innovative solutions that keep pace with the rapid changes and help us anticipate opportunities and develop long-term proactive plans. This also helps us make use of the most successful experiences and best international practices in smart grid and data network solutions, to support DEWA’s vision to become a sustainable innovative world-class utility.”

“It is with great pleasure that we join forces with DEWA to successfully and effectively bring our innovations to life in the UAE. Together, we have agreed to work on preliminary projects and cooperative studies that will improve sustainability in the energy sector in Dubai. 3M enjoys deep roots within the global energy sector and we are bringing our expertise to the UAE by collaborating with entities who, like us, are driven to discover new ways to harness the Earth’s energy and optimise valuable natural resources. We are confident that the partnership will enhance collaboration between public and private entities and provide innovative solutions,” said Nichols.

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