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DEWA Launches ’Inclusion POD Innovation Incubator’ And Sign A MoU With Dubai Club For People Of Determination

HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) launched the ‘Inclusion POD Innovation Incubator’ initiative to encourage DEWA’s subsidiaries on the inclusion of People of Determination (POD) in the workplace. This is part of DEWA’s role as a socially responsible which also supports the Dubai Plan 2021 for Dubai to be a city of happy, creative, and empowered people who live in an inclusive and cohesive society.

Al Tayer launched the initiative during a special eventevent held at DEWA Campus for Occupational and Academic Development in Al Hudaiba in Dubai. HE Ahmed Buti Al Muhairbi, Secretary-General of the Supreme Council of Energy; HE Thani Juma Berregad, Chairman of Dubai Club for People of Determination; representatives from Mai Dubai,  Siemens; Ghantoot Group; Future Pipe Industries; Shuaa Energy 1; Shuaa Energy ; 2DEWA’s Executive Vice Presidents, Vice Presidents and DEWA’s employees of determination attended the event. The event presented a video on DEWA’s efforts to empower People of Determination. Dr Ansam Alnatour, Specialist POD at DEWA, gave a presentation on the initiative and DEWA’s achievements in this regard, during the event. On the sidelines of the event, DEWA held a POD exhibition to showcase their innovations and updated solutions for their inclusion and empowerment. DEWA’s partners, public and private rehabilitation centres, DEWA’s employees of determination; and DEWA Academy students participated in the exhibition.

HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer and HE Thani Juma Berregad signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to increase bilateral cooperation in organising events and sustainable community activities. This is part of DEWA’s role as a socially responsible organisation. It also enhances the alignment between DEWA’s strategy and local and federal policies, to further include and empower People of Determination (POD) into society, especially in sporting activities.

The MoU includes organising training programmes to empower POD. As per the agreement, Dubai Club for People of Determination will train DEWA’s volunteers on ways to deal with POD and present a certificate on completion of training. The agreement also includes cooperation in voluntary activities and events to support their inclusion into society. Furthermore, the agreement includes collaboration to organise training courses on Emirati sign language and awareness lectures about techniques of inclusion them. It also includes focused group sessions, with the participation of Dubai Club for People of Determination and their families. This will raise awareness of DEWA’s efforts in inclusion POD and training them on its including smart services. The two parties will also organise a sports day for DEWA’s employees and POD registered in the Club.

Al Tayer also honoured Al Noor Training Centre for Persons with Disabilities, Senses Center, Dubai Club for People of Determination, Dubai Club for People of Determination, Rashid Centre for People of Determination, Desert Group, Dass Solutions, and Emirates NBD- Together Limitless, for their efforts in empowering PoD.

“Welcome to the launch of the ‘Inclusion POD Innovation Incubator’, one of our  initiatives to support the National Policy to Empower People of Determination, launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to create an inclusive society that ensures empowerment and a decent life for People of Determination and their families. It also supports the ‘My Community... a City for Everyone’ initiative, launched by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Executive Council of Dubai, to turn Dubai into a friendly city for People of Determination by 2020,” said Al Tayer in his welcoming speech.

“This initiative encourages DEWA’s partners and subsidiary companies to include and empower POD according to the highest international and local standards. We also encourage them to be part of the initiative and follow the directives of our wise leadership. As a socially responsible corporation that actively recruits people of determination, we have aligned our strategies to local and federal strategies to include POD. We aim to achieve the UAE Vision 2021 National Agenda to preserve a cohesive society that is proud of its identity and sense of belonging,” added Al Tayer.

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