Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) announced that 20 Emiratis visited the People’s Republic of China for two weeks as part of the ‘Ambassadors of Innovation - Leaders of the Future’ programme. This follows the success of the first UAE Pioneers 2015 initiative, when DEWA sent 20 orphaned students on an educational trip to Singapore.
The Ambassadors of Innovation - Leaders of the Future programme, implemented by DEWA and Watani Al Emarat Foundation, supports the UAE’s efforts to empower young people through creativity and innovation, as well as volunteer work among DEWA’s employees whilst promoting Emirati-Chinese relations. The Innovation Ambassadors team included 10 high school science students, 5 students from DEWA Academy, and 5 Emirati DEWA technicians. The training areas included renewable energy generation and storage technologies, artificial intelligence (AI) systems, blockchain, fifth-generation network technologies, smart systems for electricity and water infrastructure, and electric vehicle technologies.
Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA, received a delegation from Watani Al Emarat Foundation, headed by HE Dirar Belhoul Al Falasi, Director General of Watani Al Emarat Foundation. DEWA signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) last April with the foundation to implement national and community initiatives and projects that contribute to enhancing the nation’s global standing in charity and voluntary work.
“At DEWA, we work in line with the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and are committed to supporting and providing young people with the necessary resources to prepare a generation of creative leaders who will implement ambitious national strategies and plans, including the UAE Vision 2021 to make the UAE one of the best nations in the world, and the Dubai Plan 2021 to make Dubai a home for creative, proud, happy, and capable individuals. We are pleased to collaborate with Watani Al Emarat Foundation, one of the leading national organisations contributing to protecting our national identity and consolidating these elements among the younger generations, as well as promoting national belonging and loyalty and the values of good citizenship throughout society,” added Al Tayer.
“The Ambassadors of Innovation - Leaders of the Future programme is part of a joint international project with the Chinese Government within our corporate responsibility and DEWA’s strategy to build young Emirati’s abilities and provide them with the necessary tools for perfection and innovation, while offering them the opportunity to train in areas that serve DEWA’s strategic operations, in collaboration with leading international technology companies. This programme will also help build the voluntary work of DEWA’s employees in international initiatives,” said Al Tayer.
“The partnership between DEWA and Watani Al Emarat Foundation is a result of their joint collaboration and constructive initiatives to build the abilities of young Emiratis and achieve the UAE’s vision and directives of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, to prepare young leaders and equip them with science and knowledge,” said Al Falasi.
“Watani Al Emarat Foundation has taken strides in preparing young people through various leadership programmes, including the Innovation Ambassadors Future Leaders which witnessed great achievements from people who have acquired the necessary expertise to create innovative and distinctive projects that serve the nation and society.”
The trip comprised a full line-up of educational and technical programmes at institutions in Beijing, China. The ambassadors also met Huawei’s team to understand fifth-generation communications mechanisms and participate in workshops at its R&D department. They visited Beijing University of Technology to participate in AI and blockchain workshops as well as the China Express Train Centre and Student Innovation Centre. Finally, the ambassadors met Hanergy’s specialised team in alternative energy, Beijing Automotive Industry Holding Company (BAIC), The Renewable Energy Research Centre, and the Smart Aircraft Company. The visit included cultural activities at the Great Wall, a number of museums, traditional markets, and other famous attractions.