How DEWA is turning Dubai nature reserve into eco-tourist hotspot

Dubai's state utility reveals progress in turning Al Marmoom Reserve into the UAE's largest environmental tourist destination
How DEWA is turning Dubai nature reserve into eco-tourist hotspot
By Sam Bridge
Mon 03 Sep 2018 06:49 PM

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has completed the electrical connections and installation of smart metres at four projects, an electric vehicle charging station, and a Manarati smart pole at the Al Marmoom Reserve in the emirate.

The work is part of the plan to turn the Al Marmoom Reserve, which provides a natural reserve for plants, animals, and local and migratory birds, into the UAE’s largest environmental tourist destination, attracting one million visitors annually.

It features over 20 projects being implemented by nine government organisations.

DEWA said in a statement that it is participating in the development of the Al Marmoom Reserve through six projects.

The first will supply clean energy from the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park to help protect the environment and promote sustainable development.

The second project involves the installation of solar panels on the rooftops of the Reserve’s facilities and connecting them to DEWA’s grid as part of the Shams Dubai initiative.

A third is the installation of electric vehicle charging stations as part of the Green Charger initiative to promote an uptake of electric vehicles while the fourth project provides smart meters.

The fifth project involves the installation of Manarati smart poles with innovative applications including charging electric vehicles, interactive screens, smart environmental sensors, and Internet access and the final project involves the development of an advanced water infrastructure at the Al Marmoom Reserve.

“We are pleased to participate in this plan through projects that support sustainable development in its economic, environmental, and social aspects, supporting the objectives of the UAE Centennial 2071, and contributing to making the UAE one of the best countries in the world,” said Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, managing director and CEO of DEWA.

Al Marmoom Reserve also hosts the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, the largest single-site solar project in the world with a total planned capacity of 5,000MW by 2030.

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