DEWA commissions 17 transmission substations worth AED3.2bn in 2022

DUBAI, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) inaugurated 17 new substations in 2022. These include fifteen 132kV stations with a conversion capacity of 2,280 megavolt amperes (MVA) and two 400kV stations with a conversion capacity of 4,000 MVA, in Al Qusais Industrial Area 5 and Jebel Ali First.

DEWA installed five kilometres of 400kV overhead transmission lines and 247 kilometres of 132 kV ground cables to connect the substations to the main transmission network. This is part of DEWA’s continuous efforts to keep pace with the prosperity of Dubai.

The new 132kV main transmission stations supply Al Barsha South, Jebel Ali, Al Furjan, Al Merkadh, Business Bay, Umm Hurair, Wadi Al Safa, Oud Al Muteena, Al Rigga, Al Wasl, Me’aisem, Umm Al Ramool, Al Aweer, and Ghadeer Barashy. The total cost of these stations and projects has reached around AED3.2 billion.

Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of DEWA, said, “At DEWA, our strategies and action plans are inspired by the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, to provide a strong and advanced electricity and water infrastructure that ensures the continued provision of electricity and water services according to the highest standards of availability, reliability, and efficiency.

“This supports the Dubai 2040 Urban Master Plan and contributes to making Dubai the preferred place to live, work and visit. DEWA’s investments in electricity transmission projects between 2021 and 2024 are AED10 billion. This includes AED2 billion for 400 kV transmission projects and AED8 billion for 132 kV projects.”

Al Tayer explained that the total value of DEWA’s investments in existing and completed electricity transmission projects in 2022 reached AED 8.1 billion. This included AED800 million for 400 kV transmission projects and AED7.3 billion for 132 kV transmission projects.

Hussain Lootah, Executive Vice President of Transmission (Power) at DEWA, said that completing the 17 stations required more than 33 million working hours, using the latest internationally approved technologies while ensuring the highest security and safety standards. He noted that by the end of 2022, the total of 132 kV transmission substations in Dubai had reached 334, in addition to 29 stations under construction.

Source: Emirates News Agency

Dubai Cares partners with Ban Ki-moon Centre

DUBAI, Dubai Cares signed a new partnership with the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens (BKMC) to launch the ‘Green Jobs for Youth – Online Training and Mentoring’ programme. With the addition of this new programme, Dubai Cares expanded its programmatic portfolio as a key step to place education at the heart of the global climate and development agenda.

The MoU was signed at the Dubai Cares offices by Ban Ki-moon, 8th Secretary-General of the United Nations and Co-Chair of BKMC, and Dr. Tariq Al Gurg, Chief Executive Officer and Vice-Chairman of Dubai Cares, in the presence of Monika Froehler, Chief Executive Officer of the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens.

The partnership reflects Dubai Cares and the BKMC’s commitment to strengthening the integration of climate into education through a collaborative and action-oriented programmatic approach.

The new programme will work towards developing the potential of youth as leaders who are proactively contributing to climate action through a full understanding of the crisis, and their personal role in driving positive climate action.

The programme will mentor and support young talent towards aligning their individual skills and aptitudes with career paths in the climate space that enables them to fulfil their true potential, while also contributing to innovative climate solutions that can accelerate the transition to a green economy.

Commenting on the announcement, Ban Ki-moon said, “During my tenure as Secretary-General of the United Nations, in 2015, we adopted the Sustainable Development Goals and signed the Paris Climate Agreement among more than 190 countries. Under these two frameworks, universal education rights and the future of the planet were essential to my mandate. Today, as climate hazards such as extreme droughts and floods destroy the livelihoods of families around the world, education becomes increasingly inaccessible, unaffordable, and non-inclusive. As the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens we are looking forward to working with such a key partner as Dubai Cares to showcase how crucial education is to understand the global and personal implications of climate change, the potential that lies in green jobs while empowering youth towards climate action.”

Highlighting the significance and long-term impact of the partnership, Dr. Al Gurg said, “Youth are the biggest assets to solve the most complex issues facing humanity, especially climate change. By investing in the education, upskilling and mentorship of youth as climate actors, our partnership with the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens aims to create meaningful opportunities for youth to engage with the climate sector more actively and purposefully, as well as prepare them to lead the transition to a greener economy. We look forward to working with the BKMC to unlock the untapped potential of youth in implementing new solutions, driving policy, and building the foundation of a green future for all.”

Dubai Cares’ commitment will be directed towards the programme’s three main components, namely an online course that leverages the power of technology to empower students with green skills; a mentoring element that connects youth with relevant professionals in the green job sector, and a policy recommendation document that will provide decision-makers with access to information that can push policies focused on involving more youth in green jobs.

The programme aims to directly benefit a total of 10,000 young people (14-20 years of age) enrolled in the course. The programme will also prepare a cadre of 45 mentees who will work on SDG Micro-Projects, which are initiatives created and implemented by BKMC fellows, mentees and scholars. These micro-projects aim to tackle one or more of the Sustainable Development Goals on a local, national, or international level. In addition, the programme’s online course will also indirectly benefit 277,980 individuals, including parents of the enrolled youth, job providers, policymakers and the public.

Source: Emirates News Agency

FTA launches first event under ‘Tax Support’ initiative in 2023

DUBAI, The Federal Tax Authority (FTA) has launched the ‘Tax Support’ initiative to raise tax awareness among business sectors in the UAE through direct and sustained contact, as a means to enhance compliance with tax laws and regulations.

The first workshop for 2023 under the initiative was held on 24th and 25th January as a collaboration between the FTA and On Time Business Solutions Centre, which is located in Oud Metha, Dubai.

The Authority stated that the activities of the ‘Tax Support’ initiative will continue throughout the year and cover all seven emirates, in collaboration with relevant centres and entities in the government and private sectors, where experts from the FTA will go on several tours in accordance with a comprehensive timeline. The initiative targets taxpayers and aims to facilitate the process of paying taxes for them, in an effort to raise the rate of tax compliance and awareness around the UAE, in addition to responding to taxpayer enquiries and observations, directing them to the available tax guidelines, and guiding them along the correct procedures.

The Federal Tax Authority indicated that during the workshop held at the On Time Business Solutions Centre in Oud Metha, Dubai, the FTA team answered business owners’ questions and provided them with knowledge and support to overcome any obstacles they face during the online registration procedures, submitting tax returns, paying due taxes, and recovering the amounts that are eligible for a refund.

The Authority explained that these sessions are organised in coordination with relevant authorities and strategic partners, who invite business sectors to attend and participate in the activities of the ‘Tax Support’ initiative. Moreover, the FTA broadcasts many of these workshops via social networking sites, in an effort to allow more people and business to benefit from the seminars.

The Federal Tax Authority invited business sectors to attend the sessions of the ‘Tax Support’ initiative to benefit from expert advice and raise their observations or enquiries for the FTA team to respond to and clarify. The Authority stressed its commitment to coordinating with relevant federal and local authorities to further develop cooperation mechanisms; raise awareness among various stakeholder groups; ensure utmost transparency, clarity, and accuracy of information; and answer queries efficiently to enhance compliance with tax laws and avoid violations.

Source: Emirates News Agency

Emirates Health Services showcases package of innovative health projects during Arab Health 2023

DUBAI, The Emirates Health Services (EHS) showcasing its 19 innovative healthcare projects under the slogan “Shaping the future of healthcare”on Monday during “Arab Health Exhibition 2023”, which will be held from January 30 to February 2 at the Dubai World Trade Centre.

Dr. Youssef Mohamed Al Serkal, Director General of the Emirates Health Services, stressed that the EHS’s participation in the Arab Health Exhibition 2023 reflects its continuous commitment to support the national efforts aimed at providing the latest innovative health system available to all according to the highest pioneering global standards.

He added that this is in line with the targets of the ‘UAE Centennial 2071’, in addition to ‘We the UAE 2031’ vision, which focuses on ranking the UAE as one of the top 10 countries globally in the quality of healthcare, which is consistent with the EHS’ efforts to achieve global leadership in scientific and technological innovations, and ensure the achievement of preemptive preparedness for future challenges, especially in the fields of Health Security, Predictive Health, Biological and Benomic Sciences, and Artificial Intelligence.

Al Serkal also noted that the Arab Health Exhibition is considered one of the largest health forums that hosts the major corporations, authorities and health companies from all over the world, which makes it a favourable opportunity to move forward in achieving the goals of national strategies and projects that seek to turn the UAE into a global hub for health care, and a leading global centre for medical research, based on precedence and innovation in the field of health care, leading to the achievement of the UAE’s aspirations to be at the forefront destinations of specialised medical care.

The EHS’s stand at the exhibition displays 19 innovative projects across 3 main axes: innovative and sustainable health services, advanced health technology, and artificial intelligence and proactive forecasting. EHS also hosts, through its participation, the launch of a number of projects and strategies that are characterized by diversity and distinction in ideas and goals, and is distinguished by its adoption of latest smart technologies that ensure the achievement of a sustainable, integrated and proactive health service system.

The participation of the Emirates Health Services (EHS) in the Arab Health 2023 will witness many panel discussion sessions and signing of several agreements and memoranda of understanding, which would strengthen the partnership between the government and the private sector, in line with the EHS’ goals and aspirations to build an integrated base of local, regional and global partnerships that will achieve sustainability in providing health services to all members of the UAE community according to the highest standards of international health services.

Source: Emirates News Agency

Sharjah Consultative Council’s committee reviews services of SEWA

SHARJAH, The Committee of Islamic Affairs, Endowments, Municipalities, Security Affairs and Public Utilities of the Sharjah Consultative Council (SCC) reviewed the various services provided to the public with the Sharjah Electricity, Water and Gas Authority (SEWA).

This came during the committee’s visit to SEWA’s Shared Services Department at its headquarters in Sharjah.

The meeting witnessed a discussion of the most prominent services provided by the Shared Services Department in cooperation with strategic partners in implementation of the directives of H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah.

The members of the SCC’s committee raised the most important points and inquiries on the various services provided.

The SEWA highlighted its role in working to approve electricity, water and gas plans and to carry out the necessary temporary or permanent connection of electricity, water and gas, in addition to updating and reviewing legislation and regulations in coordination with technicians and stakeholders.

Source: Emirates News Agency

Mohammed bin Rashid issues directives to rename Al Minhad area as “Hind City”

DUBAI, In his capacity as Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, has issued directives to rename the Al Minhad area and its surrounding areas as “Hind City”.

The city includes four zones—Hind 1, Hind 2, Hind 3, and Hind 4—and spans an area of 83.9km. The city is served by major Dubai roads, including Emirates Road, Dubai-Al Ain Road, and Jebel Ali-Lehbab Road. The city also includes housing for Emirati citizens.

Source: Emirates News Agency