This week Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) organised a number of workshops to discuss how quantum computing can be used in electricity and water production processes.
According to a company statement, a number of quantum computing experts from Microsoft participated in the workshops.
“At DEWA, we work to support the vision and directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to transform Dubai into the smartest and happiest city in the world, and consolidate the Emirate’s position as a leading hub for anticipating and shaping the future,” said the company’s CEO and MD, Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer.
Al Tayer noted this development is done to keep pace with the Fourth Industrial Revolution and employing the latest disruptive technologies.
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He continued: “We must ensure that our vision to become a globally leading sustainable innovative corporation is implemented in all our operations and plans that are aligned to government strategies. These include the UAE National Strategy for Artificial Intelligence 2031, the UAE Strategy for the Fourth Industrial Revolution, and the Dubai 10X initiative, which mandates the government of Dubai to be a global leader that is 10 years ahead of all other cities through government innovation and the reformation of traditional work mechanisms.”
Developing innovative solutions
Al Tayer noted DEWA cooperates with Microsoft to develop innovative solutions based on quantum computing for the production, transmission and distribution of electricity and water, as well as conservation.
They also work to identify the challenges that quantum computing can overcome, considering its immense capabilities.
Marwan Bin Haidar, Executive Vice President of Innovation & the Future at DEWA, noted that DEWA is the first utility in the world and the first organisation outside the US to participate in Microsoft’s Quantum Computing programme.
DEWA is the first government utility in the world to join the San Francisco-based Center for the Fourth Industrial Revolution of the World Economic Forum as a partner. The Centre includes international organisations such as Microsoft, SAP, and ABB.