Dewa’s R&D Centre develops UAE’s capabilities via Al-Baheth


DEWA’s R&D Centre contributes to developing the clean and renewable energy sector worldwide.

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) ‘s Research and Development (R&D) Centre, through the Al-Baheth programme, develops and refines Emirati talents and competencies.

Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of DEWA, said that the R&D Centre at the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, has consolidated its position as a pioneering centre for solar technologies. It contributes to developing the clean and renewable energy sector worldwide by enriching the scientific community with specialised research, spreading knowledge, and developing the capabilities of the researchers.

This enhances Dubai’s position as a global hub for research and development in solar power, smart grids, energy and water efficiency and capacity building. This promotes Dubai’s global role in research and development in solar energy, smart grids, energy efficiency and water. It also strives to build capacity in these sectors.

Al Tayer noted that attracting the finest researchers and academics from different nationalities contributes to exchanging the best local and global practices and experiences. This also enhances the public, private, and academic partnerships to turn Dubai into a global hub for R&D and help it become the top destination for scholars and researchers.

“The Centre supports the Dubai 10X initiative launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, which mandates the Government of Dubai to be a global leader that is 10 years ahead of all other cities. The Centre brings together 44 researchers, including 26 PhD and master degree holders. Since its launch, the Centre has published 84 conference papers in international scholarly journals. It has registered five patents so far, and new patents are underway,” added Al Tayer.

Waleed Bin Salman, Executive Vice President of Business Development and Excellence at DEWA, said that Al Baheth programme promotes and enhances the culture of research and development, develops professional competencies, and attracts Emirati graduates to work at the R&D Centre and cover its various activities. These include organising seminars, conferences, workshops, training programmes, competitions, field visits, and university and school visits.

The programme allows Emirati talents to participate in developing projects undertaken by DEWA and its R&D Centre. It also engages local and international universities in R&D by sending the best technical candidates to work with DEWA’s researchers in different areas,” said

The programme comprises four categories: Internships, Capstone projects fund, visiting researchers, seminars and workshops. Al Baheth aims to engage employees and academic institutions in research and development efforts.

Under the umbrella of the Al Baheth programme, the R&D Centre held 30 technical sessions in 2021. The sessions tackled several topics, in collaboration with international experts, including solar cells, machine learning, deep learning algorithms, robots, digital manufacturing, additive manufacturing, blockchain, and 3D printers. The R&D Centre organised five virtual seminars on smart grids, the cycle of satellites, complex analytics on Big Data Series and solar resources knowledge.

The programme also held five workshops on the role of dynamic glazing technology in sustainable buildings, Robotics and Robotic Operating Systems (ROS), photovoltaic solar panels in the UAE, material characterisation and battery design, and awareness of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Meanwhile Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has announced it won three Global Good Governance (3G) Awards. These awards are presented annually by Cambridge IFA in the UK and major international companies compete to win them.

DEWA won the awards in “Leadership in Good Governance,” “Excellence in Compliance and Conformance Activities,” and “Commitment and Promotion of Good Governance Activities” after a comprehensive auditing process conducted by the Cambridge IFA to ensure DEWA’s compliance with the highest international standards.

On behalf of Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of DEWA, Waleed bin Salman, Executive Vice President of Business Development and Excellence and Ali Mohammed Khalifa Almuwaijei, Vice President of Governance and Compliance at DEWA, received the awards during the Global Good Governance Summit 2022.

The Summit was held at Conrad Dubai hotel under the theme, “Good Governance and Sustainable Development”. It was attended by many governance leaders and professionals from around the world. Al Tayer expressed his happiness that DEWA has won these prestigious awards in governance. He emphasised that DEWA conducts benchmarking regularly to ensure implementing the best governance practices within a comprehensive system of integrated corporate work that covers all activities and operations.



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