03 Sep 2020

DEWA focuses on Emiratisation of researchers to enhance R&D

Construction Week
DEWA focuses on Emiratisation of researchers to enhance R&D

DEWA adopts strategies and specific work mechanisms to attract experienced and fresh graduate Emiratis to work at DEWA, particularly in engineering and technical roles. This supports its Emiratisation plan to prepare UAE nationals to spearhead the energy and water sectors, and to appoint UAE citizens in leading professional positions within DEWA’s divisions and departments.

Currently, DEWA has 3,282 Emirati employees, with Emiratis comprising 88.14% of senior management and 58.37% in middle management. DEWA is also committed to achieving the UAE National Agenda goals for inclusive employment, to develop the capabilities of People of Determination, and provide them with professional and operational skills that support their economic and social independence.

Commenting on the authority’s Emiratisation drive, the managing director and chief executive officer of DEWA, HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, said: “DEWA strives to provide attractive job opportunities for UAE nationals and organises regular training programmes to qualify employees in all sectors. This enables them to perform their role in enhancing DEWA’s leadership and excellence, and also achieves the national policies for UAE nationals.

“DEWA’s R&D Centre at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park hosts an array of experts, researchers, and nationals who actively contribute to developing the clean and renewable energy sectors. They also support the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050, launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, to provide 75% of Dubai's total power capacity from clean energy sources by 2050.

“Our national staff have proved, time and again, their capability to compete with international staff, provide solutions and innovative research papers that contribute to overcoming challenges in the energy and water sectors around the world.”

DEWA’s R&D Centre focuses on four areas of research including producing electricity from solar power and other clean energy technologies; the integration of smart grids; energy efficiency; and water. The centre also includes a 3D-printed lab, the first building in the UAE to be fully printed on-site, and the first such 3D-printed lab in the world.

The Centre has also launched the Al Baheth programme to promote and enhance research and development, and attract Emirati graduates to work at the R&D Centre. The initiatives include organising seminars, conferences, workshops, employment fairs, training programmes, competitions, field visits, university and school visits.

The programme aims to engage local and international universities in R&D, by sending their best technical candidates to work with DEWA researchers in different areas. The programme consists of four categories: Internships, Capstone Projects Fund, visiting researchers, Seminars and Workshops.

The Centre has also launched the Development Programme for Research Collaboration to help DEWA’s employees and engineers to overcome current challenges and achieve sustainable approaches for R&D projects. This also improves current operations through research, promoting. and enhancing the R&D across all DEWA sectors and administrations.

DEWA hosts an array of top national talents. The R&D Centre consists of 37 researchers, 54% of whom are PhD and master degree holders. Emiratisation has reached 70%. The centre’s team has published more than 40 research papers in international conferences and science magazines. A patent has been granted and 5 others are underway.

In addition, DEWA believes that women are key partners in sustainable development. It realises their important role in energy, conservation, and protecting natural resources. The success of sustainable development programmes is closely linked to the effective participation of women.

DEWA has 1,949 women in its workforce, 80.5% of whom are Emirati. This includes 671 female engineers and technicians at DEWA. At DEWA’s Innovation Centre, 32% of employees are Emirati females, with most of them highly educated in scientific and engineering areas.

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