Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer (right) says Dewa is adopting an integrated strategy to qualify young people to participate in different parts of national work.
Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) values the support of its Youth Council and its role in building bridges of communication with other Youth Councils across the Emirates. Arab Emirates, in order to consolidate Dewa’s track record of excellence as well as the competitiveness of the United Arab Emirates in all areas.
Youth Councils also strengthen constructive communication between young employees and Dewa senior management to share their suggestions, views and innovations. From October 2019 to the end of 2021, the Dewa Youth Council launched several initiatives and more than 10 communication platforms among young employees.
It also organized more than 60 events, 20 awareness conferences, 4 educational trips and field visits. It has participated in international conferences and some of its members have participated in 2 national and international programs.
Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of Dewa, said that Dewa adopts an integrated strategy to qualify young people to participate in different parts of national work. This stems from his realization that the young people of today are the leaders of tomorrow and the cornerstone of a better future for generations to come.
“At Dewa, our vision is guided by the words of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai, who said: “Youth are key to our policies and our strategic plans, and our purpose enables them to hone and direct their talents to translate our vision to build the future of our country. Dewa’s youth human resources include 3,755 employees between the ages of 18 and 35, or 15% of the total workforce.
The Council welcomes 39 different nationalities. In 2021, youth employee satisfaction with Council activities and initiatives reached 94%. At Dewa, we believe that the youth of the country is our renewable wealth that will continue the path of success to create the future. This helps to reach the centenary of the United Arab Emirates in 2071 to make the United Arab Emirates the first country in the world. We strive to invest in the potential of young people and provide an interactive forum to empower and engage them to anticipate and shape the future as well as achieve sustainable development,” added Al Tayer.
Sheikha Dr Shamma bint Mohammed Bin Khalid Al Nahyan, Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of Cultural and Educational Institutions Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalid Al Nahyan, participated in the Dewa Youth Council Virtual Session on Good Citizenship and Community Building to come up. During the session, she touched on many topics such as moral values and citizenship training; Family and school: Partners in the development of civic values; The challenges of good citizenship in the light of digital citizenship; and The Importance of Good Citizenship in Building the Future of Emirati Civilization.
The Dewa Youth Council collaborated with the Federal Youth Authority to organize the 21st session of the “100 Mentors” initiative, one of the initiatives of the Emirates Youth Council. The initiative is implemented under the patronage of Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Executive Council. Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer participated in the session titled “Energy Between Past and Future”. Al Tayer discussed national clean energy efforts and related key projects and initiatives in Dubai. These include the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, the largest single-site solar park in the world using the Independent Power Producer (IPP) model. The solar park will have a production capacity of 5,000 megawatts (MW) by 2030.
“Under the support of Dewa’s senior leadership, the Dewa Youth Council strives to provide a positive and motivating environment that unlocks the potential of young people to become key supporters of Dewa’s excellence and leadership. The Council extends communication bridges with different youth councils in the UAE to raise awareness among young people about clean and renewable energy in achieving sustainable development.
The Dewa Youth Council strategy focuses on five main pillars: values, national identity, lifelong learning, professional development, future accelerators, innovation and sustainability,” said Aysha Mohammad Alremeithi, President of the Dewa Youth Council and winner of the Dubai Medal for Young Employees at the Dubai Government Excellence Awards 2021.
The Council also hosted a panel discussion titled “Youth Power and the Future of Energy”. The panel highlighted young people’s abilities to build energy start-ups in the Free Electrons Cycle 5 virtual bootcamp that Dewa hosted for the first time in Dubai.
The Free Electrons is a world-class accelerator that encourages start-ups to create innovative solutions in the energy sector. Some 126 representatives from utilities and energy start-ups attended the roundtable from 19 countries in addition to some Dewa employees. The Council also organized a roundtable in collaboration with the Dubai Youth Council as well as the youth councils of Emirates Global Aluminum (EGA) and Emirates Steel. The panel highlighted key achievements of youth councils, ways to turn challenges into opportunities, fulfill young people’s aspirations and engage with them by listening to their ideas and views.
Together with Dubai Police, Dubai Youth Council and Emirates Airlines, Dewa Youth Council held three new sessions as part of the “Youth Talks” program, one of the outcomes of the retreat initiative of young people organized by the Council. The sessions focused on the role of youth in Expo 2020 Dubai, building Emirati caliber and developing innovative projects as well as adopting a healthy lifestyle.
The Dewa Youth Council participated in the 2nd Emirati National Identity Ambassador program which emphasizes harnessing the potential of Emirati youth in promoting a good reputation among members of society in addition to all possible ways to encourage loyalty to the nation among the Emirati youth.
The Council participated in the Young Professionals Program of the International Electrotechnical Commission. The program is designed to train the new generation of young people and leaders in standardization and conformity assessment, which are the main pillars for the development of the quality infrastructure system and the spread of technologies of the fourth industrial revolution. .
The Dewa Youth Council organized an exclusive visit to the premiere of Expo 2020 Dubai. As part of the benchmarking visits, the Council received high-level delegations from the Federal Youth Authority chaired by its Director General; Ras Al Khaimah Police Youth Council; Dubai Customs; and a delegation from Dubai Airports. The Council participated in the World Health Day and World Day for Cultural Diversity campaigns. He also distributed a brochure he created for the four seasons of the United Arab Emirates.