Dewa, Huawei to launch AI laboratory, 4IR training in Dubai

Plans announced at summit co-hosted by both parties to explore the adoption of disruptive technology

Dewa is Dubai's utility company.
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Dewa is Dubai's utility company.

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) teamed up with Chinese technology giant Huawei to jointly launch an artificial intelligence (AI) laboratory that will develop and implement AI digital services for the Mena region, plans for which were announced a summit co-hosted at the Dewa Campus for Occupational and Academic Development in Al Hudaibah to explore the adoption of cloud, automation, digital transformation, smart grids, AI, and similarly disruptive technologies in the future.

The summit was attended by managing director and chief executive officer of Dewa, Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, and president of the Middle East region at Huawei Technologies, Charles Yang.

Dewa and Huawei also announced the launch of a training and development programme that will see the utility company’s staff trained in different areas of Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) technologies, according to a report by UAE state news agency, Wam.

Commenting on the collaboration, Al Tayer said: “This summit today with Huawei confirms our serious and ongoing work to speed up a new digital future for Dubai. This is done by making use of Huawei’s skills in major areas that support the Dubai 10x initiative.”

Dewa’s executive vice president of innovation and the future, Marwan Bin Haidar, added: “Dewa seeks to invest in and apply AI techniques and tools, and spares no efforts to strengthen mutual cooperation and concerted efforts in knowledge transfer, education and training to make Dubai a city of the future.”

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