Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority (DSOA), the regulatory body for Dubai Silicon Oasis (DSO), Dubai’s integrated free zone technology park, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) to support Dubai’s Smart City initiative; which aims to make Dubai the smartest city in the world. The MoU also supports DEWA’s three initiatives to connect electricity produced from solar energy to its grid, smart meters, and establish infrastructure for charging stations for electric vehicles,
The MoU was signed by HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of DEWA and Dr. Mohammed Alzarooni, Vice Chairman & CEO of DSOA at DSOA headquarters.
As part of the agreement, DSOA will support DEWA’s Smart Initiatives, which mandates the installation of photo voltaic solar panels, the development of efficient and sustainable smart applications, and the establishment of infrastructure and charging stations for electric vehicles in DSO. DEWA recently chalked out a plan to set up 100 charging stations across Dubai within the next two years as part of efforts to encourage people to buy or rent zero emission electric cars.
The MoU follows last month’s launch of DSOA’s integrated Smart City project, “Silicon Park”; which will comprise 71,000 sq metres of office space, 25,000 square metres of commercial space, 46,000 square metres of residential space, and facilities such as a 115-room business hotel, restaurants, fitness centres and a shopping complex.
“Our collaboration with Dubai Silicon Oasis will provide a range of services to improve the lives of residents and tourists in Dubai. The Smart Dubai initiative will improve the lifestyle of Dubai’s residents, as well. DEWA is committed to supporting this change through strategic partnerships with leading organisations in the UAE to develop a robust infrastructure that meets Dubai’s future goals. DEWA will sign more agreements with other partners and stakeholders in the future to achieve this initiative,” said HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer on signing the memorandum.
“As part of its culture of excellence and commitment to achieve its vision to become a sustainable world-class utility, DEWA works hard, through its competent workforce, to provide its services at the highest levels of availability, efficiency and reliability,” concluded Al Tayer.
Dr. Mohammed Alzarooni, said: “DSOA is fully geared to contribute to our leadership’s vision of transforming Dubai into a Smart City and our collaboration with DEWA articulates this priority. Leveraging our advanced infrastructure, projects such as Silicon Park will be shaped using the latest smart technologies. Such initiatives will enable DEWA to test their new Smart services and implement them across Dubai.”
The Smart Dubai Initiative comprises six key thrusts – Smart Economy, Smart Lifestyle, Smart Transportation, Smart Governance, Smart Environment and Smart Generation – and relies on the three basic principles of communication, integration and cooperation. Through encouraging collaboration between the public and private sectors, the strategy aims to transform Dubai into one of the world’s smartest cities over the next three years through the roll out of 100 initiatives and 1,000 smart services that improve the quality of life in the city.
A wholly-owned entity of the Dubai government, Dubai Silicon Oasis operates as a free zone technology park for the semiconductor, microelectronic and other high technology-based companies looking to set up their regional headquarters and research and development facilities in the Middle East and North Africa region.
Mazen El Dirany
Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority
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