Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has been announced as a Strategic Partner of the upcoming International Women’s Forum Dubai (IWFD), which will be held under the patronage of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai; and led by HH Sheikha Manal bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, President of the UAE Gender Balance Council, President of Dubai Women Establishment and wife of HH Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs.
Co-organised by Dubai Women Establishment and the Women’s Forum for the Economy & Society, IWFD will be held on 23-24 February 2016 in Madinat Jumeirah in Dubai, under the theme of ‘Innovation’.A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between DEWA and the International Women’s Forum Dubai co-organisers, Dubai Women Establishment.
The MoU was signed at DEWA’s headquarters by HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of DEWA and HE Mona Ghanem Al Marri, Chairperson of the Board of Dubai Women Establishment (DWE).
The signing ceremony was attended by Shamsa Saleh, CEO of Dubai Women Establishment, Hessa Tahlak, Corporate Director of Development Research & Project Department at DWE, Lamia Abdulaziz Khan, Director of Dubai Ladies Club, Khawla Al Mehairi, Vice President of Marketing and Corporate Communications and Chairperson of the Women’s Committee at DEWA, Fatima Deemas, Senior Manager of Internal Communications and Vice Chairperson of DEWA Women’s Committee, Ahmed Abdullah, Senior Manager of External Communications, Khuloud Al Ali, Deputy Senior Manager of Public & Media Relations, and representatives from DWE and DEWA.
The sponsorship is part of DEWA’s ongoing efforts to empower women in all areas, and support their contribution to society and the sustainable development of the UAE. DEWA’s Women’s Committee organises several events and initiatives throughout the year, and participates in national and international women activities.
As part of the agreement, DEWA representatives are set to share their expertise on advancements in sustainable energy during a plenary session at the Women’s Forum Dubai. DEWA will also participate in the ‘Discovery’ exhibition at the Forum to showcase creative ideas for innovation in sustainable energy from their corner in the ‘Energy Hub’. Talks covering topics including clean energy and the role of women in the sector will be delivered by DEWA representatives from the Energy Hub and international delegates will have an opportunity to learn more about DEWA’s innovative programmes during special tours.
“We are proud to support the first Women’s Forum event to take place in the Middle East and North Africa. DEWA is a strong believer in the important role that women have been playing in the development of the UAE’s economy since the establishment of the United Arab Emirates. With the support of the wise leadership, the UAE’s efforts to empower women and the post-empowerment phase. DEWA employs 1,610 female staff across all divisions. The number includes 525 in engineering and technical domains. 77% of the total female workforce in DEWA are Emiratis,” said Al Tayer.
“DEWA is committed to supporting the leadership’s strategy to enhance and encourage a culture of innovation across the UAE. We will continue developing innovative projects and initiatives and support similar initiatives that ensure achieving this vision,” added Al Tayer.
“The UAE is making great strides in advancing innovation across all sectors and DEWA is playing an integral role in these achievements for our nation. International Women’s Forum Dubai will support the UAE’s vision to become one of the most innovative nations in the world and I’d like to thank DEWA for its partnership,” said Al Marri.
“The signing of this MoU reflects DEWA’s commitment to strengthen the influence of Emirati women as well as maximise their contribution to the UAE’s socio-economic growth, and we look forward to working closer together to ensure that International Women’s Forum Dubai is a major success for both the UAE and the region,” Added Al Marri.
Al Tayer will also take part in the International Women’s Forum Dubai ‘CEO Champions’ initiative, which will bring male and female global leaders from both the private and public sectors together to exchange ideas and establish new and innovative ways to drive women’s corporate empowerment globally.
DEWA has launched a range of initiatives to support the Smart Dubai initiative to transform Dubai into the smartest city in the world within three years. These include Shams Dubai, to connect solar power to houses and buildings, Smart Applications and Meters, which involves the development of smart meters and grids, and the Green Charger to develop the infrastructure to build 100 electric vehicle charging stations this year. DEWA’s investments in the energy sector will total approximately AED 60 billion over the next five years. AED 150 million of this will be allocated to innovation, research and development.
International Women’s Forum Dubai 2016 will feature a number of important initiatives including Rising Talents, Women in Media, and CEO Champions. Expected to attract over 2,000 participants and 200 speakers and international delegates, International Women’s Forum Dubai will bring together leaders from around the world – women and men – representing business, government, academia as well as art and culture.