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Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has signed a new agreement with the Emirates Literature Foundation to share best practices on sustainability.

The agreement makes DEWA the official sustainability partner of the foundation’s Emirates Airline Festival of Literature, the largest literature gathering in the Middle East.

Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Emirates Literature Foundation, said: “The Emirates Literature Foundation and the Festival keep going from strength to strength, having a proven positive impact on our diverse community. Sustainability is of vital importance to us all, and therefore a crucial conversation to be had at the Festival. We are in a unique position to inform, entertain, engage and lead by example.”

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Sustainability efforts adopted by the event include:

  • Banning all single-use plastic
  • Installing a free water fountain, which has saved more than 11,000 disposable plastic bottles and 168,000 kgs of carbon emissions.
  • The implementation of a green procurement policy, which gives preference to sustainable options in everything from consultancy to paper choices.

The Emirates Airline Festival of Literature was founded by the Emirates and Dubai Culture & Arts Authority and will return for its 12th edition from the fourth to the ninth of February 2020 at InterContinental Dubai - Festival City.

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Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, CEO of DEWA, said: “… We are committed to working closely with government and private organisations that strive to instil a culture of reading and make it a way of life. This supports the vision of our wise leadership to establish a reading society in the UAE.

“We believe in the importance of reading in people’s lives and its role in the development of their societies. This contributes to enhancing Dubai’s position as a city with a strong knowledge-based economy, and strengthens the UAE's position as a capital for content, culture, and knowledge.”

Also commenting on the development, Isobel Abulhoul OBE, CEO and founder of Emirates Literature Foundation, said: “Our very reason for being here as a Foundation is to improve lives. We know the joy of reading gives people better opportunities in life, improves health and happiness, and gives countless other benefits. But it is all meaningless if we allow our planet to continue its rapid decline.”