DEWA’s Marafeq Smart Feature accelerates NOC issuance for infrastructure

By Arya M Nair, Intern Reporter
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Dubai Electricity and Water Authority’s (DEWA) Marafeq Smart Feature has contributed to accelerating issuing of No Objection Certificates (NOCs) for infrastructure and information services.

It also enhanced collaboration between DEWA and other utilities in Dubai. It also reduced the steps to get the NOCs approvals from 7 to 3 steps, and the needed time from 60 minutes to 20 minutes.

Until the end of June 2022, around 15,000 NOCs have been approved using this smart feature. The feature also provides live data valid for six months for the project sites of enrolled contractors and consultants on DEWA’s infrastructure.

The advanced feature uses Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to provide a smart link instead of the conventional offline DGN or CAD files. This ensures data protection and prevents data loss while converting from ESRI GIS to CAD format. The feature provides maps and data of DEWA’s services, and accurate information to stakeholders about infrastructure projects in Dubai.

Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer
Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer

“We support Dubai’s plans to employ digital transformation, smart grids, Fourth Industrial Revolution tools and disruptive technologies, for their impact on the energy and water sectors, to improve people’s lives and create a better future. As part of its vision to become a globally leading sustainable innovative corporation, DEWA aids Dubai’s progress into leading the future by reshaping the traditional work mechanisms to keep pace with the rapid changes worldwide.”

HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA, noted that DEWA is working within the framework of the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, to provide state-of-the-art integrated infrastructure for electricity and water according to the highest international standards.

This aims to manage facilities and services through smart and interconnected systems based on the technologies of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR). This helps to make Dubai the happiest and smartest city in the world. It meets the growing demand and keeps pace with Dubai’s ambitious urban and economic plans, through planning that is based on the latest future-shaping tools.

Mr. Al Tayer highlighted that DEWA strives to facilitate the work of all stakeholders and provide all requirements and guidelines for them to work within the best standards while saving their time and effort. This enriches their experiences, enhances their happiness, and achieves the interests of everyone.

DEWA, for its Marafeq Smart feature, has won the gold award in the Ideas America Awards 2021, which is the largest global platform for best practices and creative ideas, for Team Idea of the Year.

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