Dubai’s DEWA and Huawei to collaborate on future projects

By Rahul Vaimal, Associate Editor
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The headquarters of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA)

The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) and Chinese tech giant Huawei reviewed the utilization of artificial intelligence, cloud computing and automation into business practices in the emirate.

DEWA will be working with Huawei in key areas that would enable the government entity to meet the goals of the Dubai 10X initiative. This has already started with DEWA’s Fiber Optic Backbone Upgrade as part of the InfraX project which has enabled it to apply Video Surveillance as a Service (VSaaS) and a Virtual Desktop Interface. The Service will be provided through the DEWA subsidiary Data Hub Integrated Solutions’ (MORO) digital platform later.

The alliance between DEWA and Huawei also involves a number of proposed projects such as big data management, perimeter and ICT infrastructure security, cybersecurity and information security, among others. A joint team is working on pilot programs to progress initiatives along the lines of R&D, new services for customers, and ready-to-market or immediately actionable vital projects.

The virtual meeting was attended by Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of DEWA and Charles Yang, as well as Mohammad Bin Sulaiman, CEO of MORO.

In 2019, the Dubai government had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Huawei. The Chinese telecommunication company was supposed to help with various initiatives of Smart Dubai, an arm of Dubai’s government that deals with technology.

The two also accepted to work together to develop new “smart initiatives, advancing innovative solutions to achieve the latest technological advances” and establish a “Centre for the Future” that will offer citizens the opportunity to experience various technologies such as artificial intelligence.

In February, Yang announced that Huawei’s push towards 5G has earned significant ground in the Middle East, a region in which the Chinese company has been existing for over two decades.