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‘Dewa ensures sustainability of water resources’

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Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (Dewa), said Dewa works to continue developing a world-class infrastructure that keeps pace with the growing demand on electricity and water in Dubai.

In a statement marking World Water Day, Al Tayer said that Dewa provides services according to the highest international standards for more than a million customers in Dubai.

“We ensure the sustainability of water resources in accordance with the Integrated Strategy for Water Resources Management in Dubai, which focuses on improving water resources, reducing consumption, and using the latest technologies and innovative solutions. These include reducing 30 per cent of water consumption by 2030,” he added.

“The total production capacity of water at Dewa has reached 490 million imperial gallons per day (MIGD), including 63 MIGD using Reverse Osmosis at the Jebel Ali Power Plant and Water Desalination Complex, which is one of the key pillars for supplying Dubai with electricity and water services.

“We strive to reach 100 per cent of the produced water using a mix of clean energy, renewable energy, and waste heat by 2030. Dewa recorded an international achievement by receiving the lowest water levelised tariff of US$0.277 per cubic metre for its 120 MIGD Hassyan Sea Water Reverse Osmosis Plant. The project will be completed in 2024.”

Al Tayer added, “We are currently working on an Aquifer Storage & Recovery Scheme, the largest of its kind globally, where excess water is stored in aquifers and pumped back into the water network when needed. Dewa is building a 120 MIG reservoir in Al Nakhali and another 60 MIG reservoir in Al Lusaily. We continue to develop proactive and innovative solutions using our advanced smart grid and the latest Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies to increase efficiency and reduce consumption. Dewa has completed installing more than two million smart metres for electricity and water in Dubai to enable customers to monitor, manage and control consumption proactively and digitally.”

He noted that smart and integrated systems used to manage all Dewa’s facilities and services help increase operational capacity and reduce network losses of transmission and distribution water networks, which dropped from 42 per cent in 1988 to 5.3 per cent in 2021, the lowest percentage worldwide.

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Sheikh Mohammed pardons 686 prisoners ahead of Eid Al Adha 2024

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Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, on Thursday ordered the release of 686 inmates in correctional facilities on the occasion of Eid Al Adha.

Counselor Issam Issa Al Humaidan, Attorney General of the Emirate of Dubai said that the Public Prosecution immediately began coordinating with the Dubai Police General Command to implement the release order.

President Sheikh Mohamed had earlier ordered the release of 1,138 prisoners. These inmates have been sentenced in various cases, and the President ensured the payment of the fines owed to them.

It is common practice for Rulers of each of the UAE’s emirates to pardon prisoners during significant Islamic occasions. The President’s pardon allows the released prisoners to rethink their future and positively contribute to the service of their families and communities to lead successful social and professional lives.

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New federal traffic law announced in UAE

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A new federal law on traffic was approved on Monday by the UAE Cabinet, according to Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai.

Under the new law, there will be amendments to the classification of vehicles and the use of modern technologies on the roads. This move aims to keep pace with the rapid development witnessed by the transport industry globally.

he Dubai Ruler said that the new legislation will cover the expansion of the use of self-driving vehicles and electric cars. The law will also look at various types of personal means of transportation, and reliance on transportation as a whole.

The provisions also highlight the categories excluded from obtaining driving licenses, suspension of driving licenses and permits, vehicle insurance and inspection, and regulations for driving schools.The federal traffic law will take advantage of the technological progress that characterises the country’s road network.

This law was announced by Sheikh Mohammed after he chaired a meeting of the UAE Cabinet, where several matters were discussed and approved, in line with the country’s commitment to development.

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UAE announces new telemarketing rules to protect consumers

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Cold callers in the UAE face fines of AED 150,000 under strict new regulations announced by the Ministry of Economy, and the Telecommunications and Digital Government Regulatory Authority (TRA), aimed at protecting people from persistent telemarketers.

From August, companies will be barred from calling customers back if they reject the service in the initial conversation and they cannot phone back if the call is declined or ended. 

Telemarketing calls will also only be allowed to be made from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and companies will need prior approval from authorities and face the threat of termination of operating licences if rules are broken.  When the new rules come in marketing calls can only be made from numbers of licensed companies as opposed to individual or personal numbers. 

Customers can file a complaint if any of the new rules are broken. The rules apply to all companies in the UAE, including those in free zones. 

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