Dubai, UAE, 16 February 2020: Leading female artists, designers and writers from across the UAE came together at Global Women’s Forum Dubai 2020 today to discuss the positive impact of The Cultural Office’s Women Creatives Network. The initiative was launched in 2019 under the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Manal bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, President of the UAE Gender Balance Council, President of Dubai Women Establishment, and wife of His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs.
During a session moderated by UAE artist Jalal Luqman, network members highlighted the initiative as an important platform for creative exchange and collaboration. By using art and creativity as a means to strengthen intergenerational knowledge sharing, maintain traditional values and modes of expression, and showcase the UAE on the global stage, The Cultural Office’s Women Creatives Network has had meaningful impact on the nation’s economic and social status.
The Cultural Office Women’s Creative Network comprises of 50 female Emirati creatives across 23 different artistic and creative disciplines. The Network aims to provide its members with a well-rounded and holistic platform through which artists of varying creative backgrounds are able to harness mutual benefits and knowledge. It works on building a sustainable relationship between its members and the art and creative community, providing guidance and mentorship to members, creating a pool of creative ideas, and building a database of female creatives to serve as a reference for the art and creative industry.
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.