The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) will host its second Solar Decathlon Middle East (SDME) for universities to design, build and operate sustainable solar-powered houses.
DEWA has allocated more than 60,000 square metres at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park for the event, to be held in November in conjunction with Expo 2020 Dubai.
Hosting the SDME Village at the Solar Park offers several advantages, including powering the facilities of the village with clean energy.
The SDME Village comprises recreational areas for workshops, seminars, and key events for students and visitors. In addition, it includes a clinic, restaurants and cafés with Emirati and international cuisine. DEWA designed this village according to the highest international standards, ensuring all universities develop their sustainable homes easily and efficiently. Moreover, the village will maintain the highest health and safety standards, with all precautionary measures adopted in the UAE against COVID-19. HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA, said that DEWA strives to enhance the success achieved at the first SDME in November 2018 and consolidate Dubai’s position as the capital of the green economy.
SDME encourages the younger generation to innovate and unleash their creativity to support global efforts to mitigate climate change and become future energy leaders. University students work on their projects focusing on delivering smart and efficient housing solutions while taking into consideration the environment and climatic conditions of the region.