HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, the MD and CEO of the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), played host to a distinguished delegation from the German region of Lusatia, headed by Silke Schwabe, the Head of Business Area for Foreign Trade and Corporate Development at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry (IHK) Cottbus. The meeting served as a platform for discussing enhanced cooperation, knowledge exchange, and the sharing of global best practices in the fields of clean and renewable energy.
The delegation’s visit to the UAE was initiated by Germany Trade & Invest in collaboration with the Cottbus Chamber of Commerce and Industry. It included representatives from the German Trade and Investment Authority, the German-Emirati Joint Council for Industry and Commerce, the Cottbus Chamber of Commerce and Industry, MinGenTec (Mining & Generation Technology), as well as various green technology companies and organizations from Lusatia.
During the gathering, Al Tayer underlined the significance of reinforcing strategic collaboration between DEWA and German enterprises specializing in water, renewables, and clean energy. He elaborated on DEWA’s key projects and initiatives, all of which are aligned with the vision of the UAE’s leadership to promote a green economy. These efforts are aimed at accelerating the transition to net-zero emissions by increasing the utilization of solar energy, hydroelectric power, and green hydrogen within the energy mix.
These measures are in line with the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 and the Dubai Net Zero Carbon Emissions Strategy 2050, which seek to achieve 100% of energy production capacity from clean sources by 2050. Al Tayer also highlighted DEWA’s endeavors to stay at the forefront of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, transforming Dubai into a sustainable and smart city and contributing to the UAE Centennial 2071 vision of becoming a global leader.
Among the notable projects discussed was the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, recognized as the world’s largest single-site solar park, with a planned capacity of 5,000 MW by 2030. Al Tayer also shared insights on the pumped-storage hydroelectric power plant located in Hatta, boasting a projected production capacity of 250 MW and a storage capacity of 1,500 megawatt-hours, designed to last up to 80 years. This innovative station is a first of its kind in the GCC region.
The German delegation expressed its appreciation for the UAE’s prominent role in addressing climate change and its commitment to fostering a sustainable, secure, and healthy environment for future generations.
This meeting marks another step towards international collaboration in advancing clean and renewable energy initiatives and underscores DEWA’s dedication to realizing a sustainable future.