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Top 25 most influential people in the GCC utilities industry: 01-05

by Baset Asaba on Jul 16, 2017



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01. Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer

MD & CEO, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA)

Dubai has witnessed a total transformation of its utilities sector over the past years owing to the excellent leadership of H.E Saeed Mohammed Ahmed Al Tayer, the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Electricity And Water Authority since 2004.

Al Tayer has been at the top leadership of DEWA since 1991 and has been a key contributor to its ever growing success. With an overall experience of more than 30 years in the field of of telecommunication, energy and water, Al Tayer is focused on driving growth and execution of key projects in Dubai. He oversee a workforce of 9,000 at DEWA, which provides over 600,000 customers with electricity and over 500,000 customers with water.

Under his stewardship, DEWA has embarked on ambitious initiatives ranging from renewable energy projects such as the 5GW Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum solar park, to clean coal power plant, all geared towards boosting generation capacity while driving sustainability. He is committed to the Dubai Plan 2021 which has set a roadmap that drives DEWA’s ambitious initiatives and development projects combining economic growth, energy sustainability and a clean and safe environment that creates a happy society.

DEWA currently has an installed capacity of 9,656 MW of electricity and 470 million imperial gallons of desalinated water per day. Ongoing  projects will are expected to add over 10,000MW of capacity by 2018.

To implement the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050, Al Tayer has enabled DEWA to work on major programmes to diversify its energy mix and manage the demand for electricity. By 2030, 25% of Dubai’s energy mix will be generated from solar power, 7% from nuclear, 7% from clean coal and 61% from gas.

Under the leadership of Al Tayer, DEWA has seen exponential growth and succeeded in transforming it into a forward-looking, commercially minded utility with state-of-the-art assets base and strong financial profile, through several business initiatives launched.  Al Tayer has been at the forefront in localisation, bringing focus to his innovative ideas and vision for building an empowered and fully independent business unit.

Al Tayer is a member of the Government of Dubai’s Executive Council, Dubai’s Economic Council, Dubai Supreme Fiscal Committee, Chairman of the Dubai Infrastructure Committee, and Chairman of Empower.


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