Dubai: Mr. Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), has inaugurated the DEWA Disruptive Lab (DDL) at the Al Hudaiba building, which is expected to serve as a hub to implement the Innovation and Future Shaping Framework.
The move is in line with DEWA’s updated Innovation and Future Shaping Framework, inspired by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister, and Ruler of Dubai. The DDL will drive DEWA’s service growth, promote the customer experience, develop new skills, and boost Emirati competencies.
Mr. Al Tayer was accompanied by Mr. Marwan bin Haidar, Executive Vice President of Innovation and the Future at DEWA, and Dr. Ali Al Suwaidi, Chief Innovation Officer at DEWA.
Mr. Marwan bin Haidar commented that :the DDL uses rapid prototyping technologies such as 3D printing, UV, and robotics, as well as manufacturing tools and equipment, to build innovative concepts. The laboratory provides a collaborative space for our engineers and innovators to work together on testing emerging technologies.”
“It also plays a fundamental role in strengthening DEWA’s partnerships and cooperation with institutions and experts in the field of sharing information and resources. This makes it an ideal platform for developing experiences. The DDL supports DEWA’s current and future directions to enhance its technical leadership and its continuous journey to develop its solutions and tools to keep pace with the rapid development of Dubai and meet the requirements of all its residents,” Mr. Haidar added.
The DDL will enhance innovation through the DEWAVerse platform, which DEWA launched in October 2022 to implement and enhance its current and future projects.
The DDL hosts virtual and physical workshops and brainstorming sessions on the DEWAverse platform to generate new ideas and prototypes. It also explores new technologies and tools that can be employed to improve prototyping buildings. Furthermore, the lab uses concept design methodologies to identify business requirements and challenges as well as develop innovative solutions.