HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA, Congratulates UAE Youth And Praises Their Efforts to Build a Brighter Future
Al Tayer praised the initiatives of the Council to serve the nation, and enhance DEWA’s excellence and global leadership.
Dubai, UAE: HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) congratulated the youth at DEWA and in the UAE on International Youth Day 2021. In a video speech released by DEWA on its official social media and internal channels, Al Tayer highlighted DEWA’s efforts to achieve the directives of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to start preparing tomorrow’s youth today, empower and engage them in the development process, to anticipate and shape the future, to ensure a brighter future for generations to come.
“We are proud of our youth and the creative Emirati young minds, who represent our wealth and national investment for the future. We work to provide them with tools to continue their success. We also strive to optimise their ideas, potential, and creativity to support the gains won by the UAE over the past 50 years and move steadily towards 50 more years of achievements.
This is in accordance with the UAE Centennial 2071 objectives to make the UAE the world’s leading nation. At DEWA, we provide an interactive environment that strengthens their knowledge and understanding of best global practices.
This familiarises them with current and global challenges and enhances their effective contribution to sustainable development. DEWA provides all support to help DEWA’s Youth Council perform its effective role by implementing several pioneering initiatives to enhance their role, and consolidate the Council’s position across national youth councils. Our workforce includes 3,743 young employees between the ages of 18 and 35, making 25% of the overall workforce, with 56% of them Emiratis,” said Al Tayer.
“We attach great importance to youth and work to empower and engage them in the development process as well as shaping the future. DEWA adopts an integrated strategy to empower youth to participate in different fields of national work. We believe the nation’s youth are our renewable wealth.
They are the future leaders and the cornerstone of the sustainable development process to build a sustainable future and make Dubai a global hub for clean energy and a green economy. DEWA’s youth play a pivotal role in all events, initiatives, and programmes launched by DEWA, including the Water, Energy Technology, and Environment Exhibition (WETEX), Dubai Solar Show (DSS), and the World Green Economy Summit (WGES).
Every edition, the WGES has youth circles to engage them in sustainable development and the green economy before they can enter the job market,” continued Al Tayer.
Al Tayer praised the relentless efforts of DEWA’s Youth Council to provide an incubator for feedback from young people, highlight their role, motivate them to become a source of inspiration for current and future generations, and harness their talents to serve DEWA. Al Tayer praised the initiatives of the Council to serve the nation, and enhance DEWA’s excellence and global leadership.
“Our Youth Council provides several channels to enhance constructive communication with the top management of DEWA, for positive contribution to DEWA’s excellence. Between October 2019 and until July 2021, the Council launched several initiatives and more than 10 platforms to support communication with DEWA’s young employees. It also organised over 40 virtual activities for more than 3,500 participants.
Youth happiness towards the Council’s key activities reached 94%. We would like to thank DEWA’s top management for their continuous support to the Council and their efforts to empower young employees in addition to enhancing their leadership capabilities,” said Aysha Mohammad Alremeithi, DEWA’s Youth Council President.
From 2020 and until July 2021, DEWA’s Youth Council organised nine sessions within the ‘Youth Talks’ programme, one of the outputs of the youth retreat initiative organised by the Council. It also launched ‘Communicate with DEWA’s Youth’ initiative and organised an exclusive visit to the Expo 2020 Dubai pavilion. As part of the benchmarking visits, the Council received high-level delegations from the Federal Youth Authority chaired by its Director General; from the Ras Al Khaimah Police Youth Council; and from Dubai Customs. The Council took part in the World Health Day campaign, the World Day for Cultural Diversity, and distributed a brochure of DEWA’s Youth Council on the four seasons.
DEWA’s Youth Council organised a discussion panel entitled ‘Youth power and the future of energy.’ The panel highlighted the capabilities of youth to establish energy start-ups, as part of the virtual bootcamp of the Free Electrons Cycle 5 that DEWA has organised for the first time in Dubai. The Free Electrons is a world-class accelerator that encourages start-ups to create innovative solutions in the energy sector.
In collaboration with DEWA’s Innovation Centre, the Council held awareness sessions under the umbrella of the FYA in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Ajman, and Ras Al Khaimah. These sessions tackled clean energy, DEWA’s key projects and the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park. The tour focused on best practices and experiences of DEWA’s young female employees in enhancing the competitiveness of the UAE.
In 2020, the Council launched ‘Our Youth.. Our Pride’ initiative to recognise DEWA’s volunteers, and a second edition of the initiative in 2021 to recognise youth employees with outstanding achievements during the COVID-19 pandemic, in work related or in voluntary work externally.
The Council also launched ‘Youth to the Community Day,’ a virtual event for 5 public and private schools on sustainability, electricity and water conservation. The Council held a virtual panel discussion for Emirates Global Aluminium youth council to support the country’s transition to green, low-carbon economy.
The Council participated in the ‘Future Next’ conference. This was part of DEWA Innovation Week, part of ‘UAE Innovates,’ the national event that celebrates innovation across the UAE. The conference discussed the role of innovation in shaping the UAE’s future for the next 50 years.
The Youth Council and DEWA Women’s Committee organised a panel discussion entitled ‘The Role of Youth and Women in the Sector of Utilities in UAE, towards Achieving Sustainability.’ It was attended by more than 350 individuals from around the world.
The Youth Council organised a youth circle entitled ‘Emirati youth in the energy sector and beyond the next 50 years,’ in collaboration with the FYA and Dubai Youth Council. The Council organised the 7th session of Youth Talk programme in collaboration with ‘Village Story’ to learn how to grow microgreens. The Council also held an interactive virtual workshop entitled ‘Local soap making,’ in collaboration with Emirati training company ‘Sxill’.
The Council held a youth debate on the impact of creativity while working from a distance. In cooperation ‘With Hope’ organisation, the Council organised the virtual session ‘Occupational Burnout.’ DEWA’s Youth Council also collaborated with the Society of Engineers Youth Council to organise a specialised workshop entitled ‘Solar Energy: Present and Future Perspectives.’