In a move towards strengthening their partnership, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) and Huawei officials discussed the strategies to promote the partnership between the two firms.
To this end, Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA met high-level delegation from Huawei Middle East headed by Steven Yi, President of Huawei Middle East and Central Asia. It said in its statement that the partnership has paved the way for significant achievements over the past years in areas such as digital transformation, exchanging the best international solutions, experiences and practices, especially in innovation, disruptive technologies, smart grids, digital transformation, automation, cloud platforms, Artificial Intelligence, data security, and big data management, amongst others.
The co-operation between the two sides aims to develop new technologies and solutions to enhance efficiency and sustainability in the electricity and water sectors, improve user experience and provide more efficient, safe and sustainable services.
The future projects that would be coming up in the approaching years from the partnership includes Big Data management, perimeter and ICT infrastructure security, cyber security, and information security, amongst others. To implement the projects, a joint team has been established to launch pilot programmes using the latest technologies to develop new initiatives. It would also aim at research and development, new services for customers, and ready-to-market or immediately actionable vital initiatives.
Besides highlighting UAE technological achievements, Al Tayer also discussed the progress of the joint projects between the two firms. He revealed about Moro’s green data centres, which is a subsidiary of Digital DEWA, the digital arm of DEWA.
In February 2023, the world’s largest solar-powered data centre, recognised by the Guinness World Records, was inaugurated. The facility is located at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, the largest single-site solar park in the world. In addition, it houses Uptime TIER III-Certified data centre that uses 100% renewable energy and has a capacity exceeding 100 megawatts (MW). Its area will exceed 16,000 square metres.The green data centre will offer digital products and services utilising industry-4.0 technologies,viz.as cloud services, the Internet of Things (IoT) and AI. It enables global hyper-scalers to access carbon-free computing.
Steven Yi, said, “DEWA represents two of UAE’s key priorities, digital transformation and sustainability. The company’s investment in ICT infrastructure powered by renewable energy establishes the company not just as a leader in digital transformation in the utility sector but also as a trailblazer in energy transition. We at Huawei are aligned with these objectives and are proud to partner with DEWA in their development of eco-friendly ICT infrastructure. Green and low carbon ICT infrastructure enables each watt to support more computing power and connections enabling DEWA to create new value and deliver first-class customer experience.”
The other delegates at the meeting were Marwan bin Haidar, Executive Vice President of Innovation and the Future at DEWA, Mohammad bin Sulaiman, CEO of Data Hub Integrated Solutions (Moro), and Rashid Alahmedi, Chief Operating Officer of InfraX.