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Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer receives an Honorary Fellowship from the Energy Institute, UK


His Excellency Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD&CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) received the prestigious Honorary Fellowship from the Energy Institute (EI), UK. This is the first Honorary Fellowship awarded in the UAE and HE Al Tayer is the first UAE personality to receive the same.

Honorary Fellowship award presentation

The Honorary Fellowship is awarded to individuals of distinction who have been adjudged by the Energy Institute Council to have furthered the objective of the Institute, namely “the promotion for the public benefit of the science of energy and fuels in all applications and uses”.

The Energy Institute is a UK-based professional organisation set up in 2003 as a result of a merger between the Institute of Petroleum (IP) founded in 1913 and the Institute of Energy (IE) founded in 1925.   Both Institutes had a proud and distinguished heritage developed over many years supporting their particular energy sectors.

HE Al Tayer received the Honorary Fellowship from Dr Nick Wayth CEng FEI, the new CEO of the Energy Institute in the presence of Dr. Waddah S. Ghanem, the Hon. Chairman of the Energy Institute Middle East Branch’s Board, Abdullatif Albitawi, Secretary General and Honorary Vice Chair of the EI Middle East Branch , and Ms. Alison Hall, Deputy Consul General of the UK Embassy in Dubai.

HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer HonFEI was nominated by the Middle East Branch of the Energy Institute in London for an Honorary Fellowship in recognition to his massive impact based on his leading insight and driving the vision of his Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai towards a green future and a sustainable economy where clean energy and energy security issues are managed effectively.

His Excellency’s efforts towards transforming Dubai into a green city through future energy thinking aligned with best practices and leading strategies especially the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 and the Dubai Net Zero Carbon Emissions Strategy 2050 to provide 100% of the energy production capacity from clean energy sources by 2050. Also, in the renewables space in the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park; Dubai Demand Side Management Strategy 2030 through the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy; Operational Excellence in power and water through DEWA, and managing energy consumption efficiently through the creation of the Etihad ESCO (an energy efficiency company owned by DEWA) besides many other successful ventures and initiatives.

“It is my pleasure to receive the Honorary Fellowship from the esteemed Energy Institute. We are guided by the vision and initiatives of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai in all our endeavours. Receiving this prestigious award is a proud moment and honour for me, while we do not rest on our laurels, but we continue to achieve more to stay always at the top,” said HE Al Tayer.

Dr Nick Wayth CEng FEI commented: “As Dubai, the region and the world face the realities of the climate crisis in the form of water scarcity, drought and rising sea levels, I am delighted to welcome His Excellency Al Tayer into the Energy Institute Fellowship. In his far-sighted efforts to develop Dubai as a green city, driving its net zero strategy, deployment of renewables and demand side efficiency, he exemplifies our Institutes goal of creating a better energy future for society. I look forward to his contributions to our future work accelerating a just energy transition here in the Middle East and globally.”

This news article was first published on 20 March 2022 by the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA).