In the spirit of collectively stepping up our influence to create a better future for all, Dubai Women Establishment is proud to host the second edition of the Global Women’s Forum Dubai (GWFD) on the 16th and 17th of February, 2020, under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai.
Building on the theme ‘The Power of Influence’, the GWFD 2020 offers a global platform to influence policies and foster partnerships that further women’s positive impact. The Forum discussions will inspire dialogues on the role of women across four main areas: government, economy, society, and future. The Forum will engage over 3,000 attendees, including global leaders, experts, academics, entrepreneurs and students.
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is the Global Knowledge Partner of the GWFD 2020. This partnership will spearhead positive dialogue on best practices related to global gender-friendly policies. Alongside the Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative (We-Fi), DWE is also co-organising the We-Fi MENA Regional Summit – a side-line event that will host entrepreneurs from the region’s emerging economies.
Discussions around the role of policymakers at a government level, which are essential for the advocacy and development of new legislation.
Insights into the importance of creating equal opportunities and benefits in the workforce, as employees or entrepreneurs.
A look into sustainable communities that prioritise education, healthcare, arts and culture for improved well-being.
A dive into the great possibilities for growth around innovation, technology, youth engagement, and the prospects of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
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Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) was formed on 1 January, 1992, by a decree issued by the late Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum to merge Dubai Electricity Company and Dubai Water Department, which had been operating independently before then. Both organisations were established by the late Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum in 1959. Dubai Government fully supported the Electricity Company and the Water Department to provide Dubai’s citizens and residents with a continuous and reliable supply of electricity and water. Since then, DEWA has made considerable achievements, to be ranked as one of the best utilities in the world. DEWA provides services today to more than 900,000 customers with a happiness rate that reached 95% in 2018.
The UAE, represented by Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), has maintained its first global ranking, for the third consecutive year, with scores of 100% in all Getting Electricity indicators in the World Bank’s Doing Business 2020 report. The report measures the ease of doing business in 190 economies around the world. DEWA achieved competitive results in global benchmarking, surpassing the private sector and major European and American utilities in efficiency and reliability. DEWA raised the efficiency of its energy production by using the latest technologies and adopting technological innovations, surpassing European and American utilities, by reducing losses from electricity transmission and distribution networks to 3.3% compared to 6–7% in the US and Europe. DEWA also achieved the lowest customer minutes lost per year (CML) in the world of 2.39 CML compared to 15 minutes in Europe and was also able to reduce water network losses to 6.5% in 2018 compared to 15% in North America, which is one of the best results in the world.