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Committee to track Dubai Ruler's genset order

DEWA has also issued a circular requiring the installation of back-up power generators across Dubai's landmarks and specifying the building assets such gensets must cover

Back-up power generators must be fitted at all landmark developments across Dubai. [Representational image]
Back-up power generators must be fitted at all landmark developments across Dubai. [Representational image]
A committee has been formed to follow up on the implementation of the Dubai Ruler's order. [Image: Dubai Media Office]
A committee has been formed to follow up on the implementation of the Dubai Ruler's order. [Image: Dubai Media Office]

A committee has been formed to follow up on the implementation of an order issued by Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai, HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, last week

The Ruler ordered that landmark sites in Dubai are fitted with back-up power generators by real estate developers and other relevant stakeholders. 

HH Sheikh Mohammed's order was announced shortly after a power outage occurred at Dubai Mall.

HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, managing director and CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), has been appointed to head the committee. 

READ: DEWA's statement on power outage at Dubai Mall 

DEWA has issued a circular requiring the installation of back-up power generators in major buildings and landmarks, such as tourist, commercial, and cultural buildings in Dubai.

The circular states that the back-up generators' capacity should be sufficient to cover lighting, elevators, escalators, automatic doors, surveillance cameras, alarm systems, and fire and safety equipment. 

The move will ensure these developments have power supplies in emergencies to ensure public security and safety.

READ: Dubai Ruler directs extra gensets at landmarks

The back-up generators must be adequately maintained to ensure that they will work when needed, in an effective and timely manner. 

Remarking on the development, Al Tayer said: "This important decision will benefit all stakeholders, as it will help avoid electricity interruptions that might occur due to any malfunctions in major developments and tourist, commercial, and cultural buildings, ensuring work is not interrupted at these buildings.

"DEWA’s results are among the best internationally for customer minutes lost per year, [where we] achieved 3.28 minutes compared to 15 minutes recorded by leading utilities in Europe and the USA," he added, according to Dubai Media Office.

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