Renewable energy is key requirement to sustainability, and stands at the forefront of Dubai’s and the UAE’s strategic priorities. The UAE leads the efforts to adopt the latest innovations that address climate change, mitigate the effects of global warming, and plays a major role in supporting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 2030.
The UAE has taken early steps to bid farewell to the last barrel of oil, and achieve a balance between economic development and maintaining a clean, healthy, and safe environment. The UAE Energy Strategy 2050 aims to achieve an energy mix that combines renewable and clean energy sources to balance economic requirements and environmental goals. The UAE will invest AED 600 billion until 2050 to meet the growing energy demand and ensure the sustainable growth of economy.
Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050
Dubai has become an international pioneer in developing the clean and renewable energy sector. It has developed a number of techniques and practices to enhance the efficiency of the energy sector while rationalising consumption and finding alternative solutions to conventional energy. This supports the sustainable development of the Emirate. The Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050, which was launched by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, aims to provide 7% of Dubai’s total power output from clean energy by 2020. This target will increase to 25% by 2030 and 75% by 2050. Dubai is the only city in the region to have launched such a promising strategy, with set goals and timelines that map the future of energy until 2050.
The strategy consists of five main pillars: infrastructure, legislation, funding, building capacities and skills, and having an environment-friendly energy mix. The infrastructure pillar includes initiatives such as the Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, which is the largest single-site solar power project in the world, with a planned capacity of 5,000 megawatts (MW) by 2030, and a total investment of AED 50 billion.
Dubai’s carbon footprint to become the lowest in the world by 2050
“The UAE views sustainability as a global priority and is committed to combatting the impacts of climate change through relevant strategies and policies as per the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals 2030. In Dubai, we are working to achieve the goals of the Eight Principles of Governance and the 50 Year Charter launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, which include improving the quality of life, developing Dubai’s society, and ensuring a brighter future for generations to come. Dubai is a pioneer in the transition towards a green economy through two parallel courses of action. The first is to reduce energy and water demand by 30% by 2030, by promoting efficiency and conservation programmes; whereas the second is improving the supply side by diversifying the energy mix, especially clean energy, increasing the efficiency and reducing the power and water network losses,” said HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA).
“Our efforts contributed to a significant reduction in carbon emissions in Dubai. Net carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions have also achieved a considerable reduction of 19% by the end of 2018. This great achievement is two years ahead of the target date set by the Carbon Abatement Strategy 2021 to reduce carbon emissions by 16% by 2021.The UAE in general and Dubai in particular have always been a pioneer in implementing solutions to enable it to have the lowest carbon footprint in the world by 2050,” added Al Tayer.
“DEWA is guided in all its projects and initiatives by the vision of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, to make Dubai a global model for clean energy and green economy by using the disruptive technologies of the Fourth Industrial Revolution such as: Artificial Intelligence (AI), unmanned aerial vehicles, energy storage, blockchain, the Internet of Things and many more,” added Al Tayer.
Launching the solar park
In January 2012, HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum announced the launch of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park in Dubai.
1st Phase (13MW photovoltaic solar plant)
The 13MW first phase became operational on 22 October 2013, comprising around 152,000 photovoltaic cells, connected to 13 transformers in inverter buildings. The output is transformed to 33 kilovolts (kV), and generates nearly 28 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity annually. The first phase contributes to an annual reduction of about 15,000 tonnes of carbon emissions.
2nd Phase (200MW photovoltaic solar plant)
On 20 March 2017, HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum launched the 200MW photovoltaic second phase of the solar park, which is the largest and first project of its kind in the region, based on the IPP model. DEWA implemented the project in partnership with a consortium led by ACWA Power from Saudi Arabia as the main developer, and Spain’s TSK as the main contractor, with an investment of AED 1.2 billion. The efforts of Shuaa Energy 1, which was established by DEWA and the consortium led by ACWA Power and TSK, were vital in completing the work efficiently and professionally, with over 1.5 million Safe Man Hours without Lost Time Injury.
The 200MW second phase of the solar park will provide clean energy to 50,000 residences in the Emirate, reducing 214,000 tonnes of carbon emissions annually. This phase installed 2.3 million photovoltaic solar panels over an area of 4.5 square kilometres. DEWA set a world record by obtaining the lowest price globally at USD 5.6 cents per kWh for the second phase of the park at the time of the tender.
Third Phase (800MW using photovoltaic solar panels)
In June 2016, DEWA announced the selection of the Masdar-led consortium as the best bidder to develop the 800 MW third phase of the solar park.
To implement the project, DEWA established Shuaa Energy 2 in partnership with the Masdar-led consortium, and Électricité de France (EDF), through its subsidiary EDF Energies Nouvelles. DEWA owns 60% of the company, and the consortium owns the remaining 40%, of which Masdar owns 24%, and EDF Energies Nouvelles owns 16%. The international consortium led by the renewable energy contractors GranSolar and Acciona from Spain and Ghella from Italy are handling engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC).
DEWA is building the 800MW 3rd phase of the solar park using PV technology in three stages, in partnership with a consortium led by Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar) and EDF Group, through its subsidiary, EDF Énergies Nouvelles. This solar plant is the first of its kind in the MENA region, with an advanced solar tracking system to increase generation efficiency by 20-30% when compared to fixed installations. DEWA achieved a world record in the cost of PV solar power for this phase of the solar park, at a Levelised Cost of Energy (LCOE) of USD 2.99 cents per kilowatt-hour, using PV solar panels. The 800MW PV third phase will be operational by 2020.
4th Phase (950MW of CSP and photovoltaics)
On 16 September 2017, HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum launched the fourth phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park. The project was awarded to a consortium comprising Saudi Arabia’s ACWA Power, The Silk Road Fund, and China’s Shanghai Electric as the main contractor.
On 3 November 2018, DEWA signed an amendment to the Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) to add 250MW of photovoltaic solar panels, increasing the total capacity of the fourth phase from 700MW to 950MW.
The fourth phase of the solar park is the largest single-site solar IPP project in the world that combines CSP and PV technology with a capacity of 950MW. It will use 700MW of CSP; 600MW from a parabolic basin complex and 100MW from a solar tower; and 250MW from PV solar panels.
The fourth phase of the solar park has achieved many world records. It will have the world’s tallest solar tower, at 260 metres, and the largest thermal energy storage capacity in the world of 15 hours, which allows for energy availability round the clock. It also achieved the lowest Levelized Cost of Electricity (LCOE) of 2.4 US cents per kilowatt-hour (kW/h) for the 250MW photovoltaic solar panels technology and USD 7.3 cents per kW/h for the 700MW CSP technology, the lowest worldwide.
Fifth Phase (900MW using photovoltaic solar panels)
In November 2019, DEWA announced that the consortium led by ACWA Power and Gulf Investment Corporation is the Preferred Bidder to build and operate the 900MW 5th phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park for using photovoltaic (PV) solar panels based on the Independent Power Producer (IPP) model.
DEWA has achieved a world record by receiving the lowest bid of USD 1.6953 cents per kilowatt hour (kW/h) for this phase. DEWA has released the tender for the 5th phase in February 2019, and received 60 Requests for Qualifications (RFQ). The 900MW 5th phase of the solar park using PV solar panels based on the IPP model will become operational in stages starting Q2 of 2021.
Triple-Bottom Line Sustainability
The solar park implements the triple-bottom line (TBL) related to sustainability in DEWA’s strategic map. These include the three key aspects of sustainability: economy, environment, and society. DEWA’s long-term priorities include:
• Environment: The solar park will contribute to enhancing the efficiency of using natural resources and reducing the carbon footprint.
• Society: The solar park supports DEWA’s commitment to governance, work ethics, and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). It also provides job opportunities to citizens and residents by 2020.
• Economics: The solar park will play a role in improving the efficiency of costs and outcomes. It attracts investments, while supporting economic sustainable growth in Dubai and diversifying the local supply chain.
Dubai contributes to reducing global solar power costs
The UAE’s interest in producing renewable energy has contributed to a reduction in its global cost, according to a Japanese study published by the Nikkei Asian Review. DEWA’s major projects in cooperation with the private sector, based on the IPP model, contribute to the economic growth of the Emirate. Meeting the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 targets requires a capacity of 42,000MW of clean and renewable energy by 2050. DEWA has attracted huge investments to the UAE from the private sector and foreign banks, resulting in increased cash flows to the economy of Dubai and the UAE. DEWA has attracted investments around AED 40 billion from the IPP model, which strengthens public-private partnerships. Through this model, we received the lowest global solar energy prices for five consecutive times, making Dubai a global benchmark for solar energy prices.
The capacity of the solar power projects completed at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park is 713MW, and is due to exceed its target of 1,000 megawatts in 2020, with new phases currently under construction and design that will reach 2,863 megawatts by 2023.
Companies established by DEWA and its private sector partners focus on employment and knowledge transfer to Emirati employees, thus directly benefiting the local community. DEWA has signed several agreements with local and international bodies, institutions, and companies in research and development to establish the latest developments in energy, water and environment. These include agreements with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) of the US Department of Energy, the Spanish National Renewable Energy Center (CENER), Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO), the United Arab Emirates University, and Khalifa University.
Further proof of solar solutions can be found in the rise of businesses and homes in Dubai building photovoltaic plants to also use solar power. As of today, there is more than 134 megawatts of rooftop solar photovoltaic capacity installed across Dubai.
This initiative, Shams Dubai, has the legislation and regulations in place to enable solar power to spread across the city and provide additional clean capacity. Yet clean energy continues to evolve as well as grow, which is why Research and Development is so important. The R&D Centre at the solar park focuses on solar power, energy efficiency, smart grid integration and solar powered water desalination. This includes testing a range of photovoltaic and concentrated solar power technologies, as well as solutions that increase their efficiency and reliability.
DEWA launched Digital DEWA as its digital arm, making DEWA the world’s first digital utility to use autonomous systems for renewable energy, storage, expansion in AI adoption, and providing digital services.
Digital DEWA seeks to operate a renewable energy network using innovative energy storage technologies. The pillar includes several sub-initiatives.
1. The largest concentrated solar power plant in the region with 24-hour thermal storage
2. A hydroelectric power plant in Hatta, the first of its kind in the region to generate electricity by using stored hydroelectric power
3. Testing energy storage technologies such as different batteries and energy from hydrogen
Digital DEWA will expand its digital services through MORO, a digital platform that was launched in 2018 to provide hosting and data storage services as well as digital services management in the cloud. This pillar goes beyond cloud computing to provide global, standardised services and multiple solutions from a single location, according to the highest quality standards, to enhance the customer experience.
The strategy aims to provide 7% of Dubai ' s energy from clean sources by 2020, 25% by 2030, and 75% by 2050. It consists of five main pillars: infrastructure, legislation, funding, building capacities and skills, and an environmentally-friendly energy mix.Why is it important for the UAE to achieve sustainable energy? ›
Renewable energy has become economically attractive in the oil-rich United Arab Emirates (UAE). Ramping up renewables to 10% of the country's total energy mix, and 25% of total power generation, could generate annual savings of USD 1.9 billion by 2030 through avoidance of fossil-fuel consumption and lower energy costs.Which sustainable sources of energy can be developed in the UAE in the future? ›
In Dubai, the 4,000-acre Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, the largest solar park in the Middle East, will generate enough solar energy to power 800,000 homes by 2030.Which projects are involved in UAE energy strategy 2050? ›
UAE Energy Strategy 2050
The strategy targets an energy mix that combines renewable, nuclear and clean energy sources to meet the UAE's economic requirements and environmental goals as follows: 44 per cent clean energy. 38 per cent gas. 12 per cent clean coal.
The regular review of DEWA's strategy aims to ensure that it contributes to increasing its competitiveness and excellence in anticipating and shaping the future, as well as developing long-term, proactive plans to realise the government of the future,” added Al Tayer.Why does Dewa need good governance? ›
DEWA recognizes that the prevention of fraud, bribery and corruption is an integral component of good governance and affirms its commitment to conduct its business and operations in an honest, transparent and ethical manner and as per the applicable UAE federal laws and the Emirate of Dubai legislations.What is UAE doing for sustainable development? ›
Through this initiative, the UAE aims to become one of the world leaders in this area as well as a centre for the export and re-export of green products and technologies, and to maintain a sustainable environment to support long-term economic growth while protecting the environment.How important is sustainability in the UAE? ›
Sustainability is a growing priority in the Middle East, especially within the UAE, which has taken several significant steps to deliver on climate action including financing clean energy projects and becoming the first nation to commit to net zero emissions by 2050.What renewable energy does Dubai use? ›
There are different types of renewable energy around us – the most prominent ones being the wind, hydro and solar energy. While the UAE is void of rivers to produce hydro power, it has worked tirelessly to introduce wind, solar and nuclear power as alternative sources of energy in the country.Why is solar energy good for Dubai? ›
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is building the world's largest concentrated solar power plant, capable of generating 700 megawatts. During daylight, solar power will provide cheap electricity, and at night the UAE will use stored solar heat to generate electricity.
The strategy aims to increase the contribution of clean energy in the total energy mix from 25 per cent to 50 per cent by 2050 and reduce carbon footprint of power generation by 70 percent, thus saving AED 700 billion by 2050.What is the main source of energy in UAE? ›
- UAE Net Zero 2050. ...
- National initiatives. ...
- Controlling emissions. ...
- Cultivation technologies. ...
- Reducing flaring of natural gas. ...
- Vienna Convention. ...
- Increasing energy efficiency. ...
- Launching the Masdar initiative.
Ras Al Khaimah Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Strategy 2040 targets 30 per cent energy savings, 20 per cent water savings and production of renewable energy to the extent of 20 per cent of total energy sources by 2040.What are the initiatives taken by the UAE government to prevent water shortage? ›
The strategy focuses on three main programmes: the Water Demand Management Programme, the Water Supply Management Programme and the Emergency Production and Distribution Programme.What are 3 other strategy that Dewa is currently aligned with? ›
“DEWA's growth plans align with Dubai's 2040 Urban Master Plan, Dubai's Clean Energy Strategy 2050 and Dubai's Net Zero Carbon Emissions Strategy 2050, which aims to provide 100 per cent of Dubai's energy production capacity from clean energy sources by 2050.”Is Dewa a government company? ›
Amazon Alexa. In line with its efforts to improve its digital experience, DEWA is the first government utility in the world to provide its smart services on Amazon's Alexa in Arabic.Is Dewa a private company? ›
The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) (هيئة كهرباء ومياه دبي) is a public service infrastructure company that was founded on 1 January 1992 by Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum.Does Dubai have a sustainable future? ›
Dubai ranks second, globally in greenfield FDI capital flows and third in Global Cities of the Future, aiming to move its economy to a more environmentally sustainable model and generate 75 per cent of its energy from clean sources by 2050.What is an example of sustainable development in UAE? ›
These UAE sustainability initiatives include the UAE Vision 2021, the UAE Centennial 2071, and the UAE Energy Strategy 2050, which sets a 50% target for clean energy in the country, among others.
The UAE is protecting the environment by banning sea dumping, implementing policies and legislations, making efforts towards sustainability and more.Why is Dubai so sustainable? ›
The buildings in the UAE eat up about 75 percent of all electricity produced in the country. Hence, green buildings are high on the agenda to become the world's most sustainable city.
The 17 Sustainable Development Goals include four major themes -- environmental, social, economic and partnerships.What electricity is used in Dubai? ›
For Dubai and all places within United Arab Emirates the associated plug type is G, which is the plug that has three rectangular pins in a triangular pattern. Dubai operates on a 230V supply voltage and 50Hz.Where does Dubai get its energy from? ›
While oil and gas have historically been the dominant fuels powering the UAE's economy, the UAE's energy sector is undergoing a transformation targeting the diversification of the UAE's energy mix. The UAE generates most of its electricity (110 billion kilowatt-hours in 2013) using natural gas-fired generation.How much energy does Dubai use? ›
In 2021, the total consumption of electricity in the emirate of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates was about 50.4 terawatt hours. The largest share of electricity consumption in that yea was by the commercial sector at about 50 percent.Is solar energy allowed in Dubai? ›
While the scheme is currently voluntary, solar panels are to be made mandatory for all buildings in Dubai by 2030.Does Dubai use solar energy? ›
The UAE was ranked third in the world in the production of concentrated solar power (CSP) in 2013. In 2014, roughly 140 MW of solar power was being generated in the UAE.How efficient are solar panels in Dubai? ›
As of February 2017, high quality solar panels can convert approximately 20% of the sunshine into electricity.What are the future plans of the UAE? ›
The Fifty Economic Plan – Roadmap to the Future
The plan aims to achieve a quantum leap in the national economy by the year 2030 and support GDP growth by creating a flourishing local business environment and enabling UAE companies to excel and lead worldwide.
UAE residents use up to 550 litres of water per day (international average is 170-300 per day, making it 82 per cent higher than the world average). The UAE has one of the highest water consumption levels in the world due to climate, population and income.How will you contribute to the conservation of energy? ›
Energy conservation can be as simple as turning off lights or appliances when you do not need them. You can also use energy-intensive appliances less by performing household tasks manually, such as hang-drying your clothes instead of putting them in the dryer, or washing dishes by hand.What percentage of energy is renewable in UAE? ›
Renewable energy is the largest source of energy in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in 2019 at a share of 44 percent. It is closely followed by gas at a share of 38 percent.How much energy is used per person every day in the UAE? ›
Production capacities per energy source.
|Energy source||Actual total production|
|Percentage in the United Arab Emirates||48.1 %|
|Percentage USA||43.0 %|
|per capita in the United Arab Emirates||12,190.87 kWh|
|per capita USA||12,338.29 kWh|
In November 2015, Sheikh Mohammed launched Dubai Clean Energy Strategy. Under this strategy, Dubai aims to produce 75 per cent of its energy requirements from clean sources by 2050. The strategy also aims to make Dubai a global centre of clean energy and green economy.Which factor has the greatest impact on UAE climate? ›
The UAE suffers high pollution, with an 80 tonne per capita emission of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide compared to only 14 tonnes per American head yearly. It comes mostly from cars. Carbon dioxide in the air traps the sun's heat, warming temperatures worldwide.How is UAE affected by climate change? ›
The UAE is vulnerable to the impacts of climate change from rising sea levels, which could affect the UAE's critical infrastructures, such as desalination and power stations, as well as habitats located on coastal zones facing the Persian Gulf, or the Gulf of Oman.What are some actions the UAE is doing to reduce the releasing of carbon dioxide in general? ›
The UAE has launched several innovative programs to increase energy efficiency that include: The UAE Green Building and Sustainable Building standards (2010): Ministry of Infrastructure Development applies these standards which expected to save AED 10 billion by 2030 and reduce around 30 per cent of carbon emissions.What is UAE doing for sustainable development? ›
Through this initiative, the UAE aims to become one of the world leaders in this area as well as a centre for the export and re-export of green products and technologies, and to maintain a sustainable environment to support long-term economic growth while protecting the environment.What is the economic future of Dubai? ›
We expect international oil prices to stay high, averaging more than US$100/barrel in 2022‑23, and oil production and exports are expected to increase sharply in 2022‑23 as OPEC+ quota restrictions are lifted and the UAE continues to invest heavily in increasing capacity.
In 50 years, many things will change but some will look the same. Heritage and culture will still be a big part of the UAE. Al Ain will have taller buildings like those in bigger cities like Abu Dhabi and Dubai. Travel will be faster across emirates and transportation will no longer produce any pollution.How has UAE overcome the problem of water scarcity? ›
The UAE has limited natural water resources. It uses thermal desalination as the dominant technology to make seawater potable.
The Sustainable City
The development includes 11 'biodome' greenhouses, 3.000 square meters of outdoor urban farms as well as individual garden farms for local food production. The vertical greenhouses are solar-powered and produce fruits and vegetables all year round.
The five basic components of strategic intelligence have been applied in the policy-making and business environments. The five processes include “planning, collection and processing, analyzing, disseminating intelligence and evaluation, and control” (Fleisher and Bensoussan 2007, 117).What are 3 other strategy that Dewa is currently aligned with? ›
“DEWA's growth plans align with Dubai's 2040 Urban Master Plan, Dubai's Clean Energy Strategy 2050 and Dubai's Net Zero Carbon Emissions Strategy 2050, which aims to provide 100 per cent of Dubai's energy production capacity from clean energy sources by 2050.”What role does strategic intelligence play in the strategic management of an organization? ›
Strategic intelligence is designed primarily for making decisions specific to long-term policies. Strategic intelligence provides the means of support for operational objectives, by predicting future challenges, which can have a direct impact on the operational planning.How strategic intelligence is used in the development and formation of strategy? ›
Strategic intelligence can be viewed as what a company needs to know of its business environment to enable it to gain insight into its present processes, anticipate and manage change for the future, design appropriate strategies that will create business value for customers, and improve profitability in current and new ...What is the difference between strategic planning and strategic thinking? ›
Strategic thinking is the process of determining the direction you will take to achieve your vision. Strategic planning is the process of developing a blueprint for the work you will do against that direction. Many people conflate these two concepts. There is even confusion among business and management experts.Is Dewa a government company? ›
Amazon Alexa. In line with its efforts to improve its digital experience, DEWA is the first government utility in the world to provide its smart services on Amazon's Alexa in Arabic.Is Dewa a private company? ›
The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) (هيئة كهرباء ومياه دبي) is a public service infrastructure company that was founded on 1 January 1992 by Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum.