Emirati women have the power to stand out as leaders of teams, departments, and sectors
Dubai, UAE, 16 February 2020: A group of pioneering female employees from the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) came together in a breakout session to share their achievements as part of the DEWA Sustainovate Idea Lab at the Global Women’s Forum (GWFD) 2020.
GWFD 2020 is taking place at the Madinat Jumeirah in Dubai, UAE, 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, and will conclude on 17 February.
The session’s participants from DEWA included Tawadod Rashid Almutawa, Senior Executive – Future Accelerators Innovation & The Future Division; Fatima Al Marzooqi, Senior Programmer – Analyst, Artificial Intelligence; Nouf Ahmad Almadani, Senior Executive – Future Accelerators Innovation & The Future Division; and Maryam Bin Turkeya, Assistant Manager – Future Shaping Center. The participants discussed their professional achievements in working with the industry’s latest pioneering technologies including Artificial Intelligence, Machine-Based Learning and the Internet of Things.
During her session, Tawaddod Almutawa underscored the importance of the continuous support provided by the UAE’s wise leadership to support and empower women since the establishment of the UAE, noting women’s contributions to the development of the nation. She added that DEWA is a leader on a national level when it comes to gender balance, implementing innovative programmes and initiatives, which actively engage women in key roles.
In turn, Nouf Ahmad Almadani highlighted DEWA’s efforts to support young women and give them the opportunity to demonstrate their capabilities. She cited that many women in government continue to draw inspiration from the leadership’s wise direction, which is imperative to empowering youth across all sectors.
As part of her presentation, Fatima Almarzooqi emphasised that DEWA was the first government entity to adopt Artificial Intelligence by launching the virtual customer assistant ‘Rammas’. She spoke about her first-hand experience developing this service, as one of the leaders of this pioneering project.
Maryam Bin Turkeya discussed Emirati women’s journey to the future, presenting a range of figures and statistics that highlight the increasing participation of women across the board, both in academia and the professional sphere. She also highlighted the importance of working with management that values the role Emirati women play in shaping the future, in line with the UAE leadership’s vision.
Global Women’s Forum Dubai 2020 is organised by Dubai Women Establishment, which is led by Her Highness Sheikha Manal bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, President of the UAE Gender Balance Council and wife of HH Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs.
Building on its theme, ‘The Power of Influence’, Global Women’s Forum Dubai 2020 will highlight how effective policies and partnerships in four key areas – Government, Economy, Society, and the Future – can further women’s positive impact for a better future.
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.