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Al-Shera’a, the new HQ of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, will feature an array of AI solutions across systems and spaces, including a digital concierge for every employee and visitor.
The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) has appointed a consortium of companies, including Microsoft, to implement digital twin, IoT, artificial intelligence and smart building technology for its new headquarters, Al Shera’a.
It will be led by Moro Hub (Data Hub Integrated Solutions), a subsidiary of Digital Dewa, the digital arm of the utility. Sustainable building solutions specialist Johnson Controls is also part of the consortium.
Al Shera’a (the word is Arabic for sail) will claim to be the tallest, largest, and smartest government net zero energy building with net zero carbon emissions in the world. The total energy used in the building during a year will reportedly be equal to or less than the energy produced on-site.
Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, managing director and CEO of Dewa, said that this partnership supports Dewa’s work to establish a global benchmark for buildings that achieve a balance between development and the environment.
This is done by monitoring the energy efficiency and space performance using central AI. This helps with remote diagnostics, predictive maintenance, compliance monitoring, and advanced risk assessments.
"This supports our vision to become a globally leading sustainable, innovative corporation and also protects the right of future generations to live in a clean, healthy and safe environment”
“Dewa adopts the latest disruptive solutions and Fourth Industrial Revolution applications at Al Shera’a,” said Al Tayer.
“This supports our vision to become a globally leading sustainable, innovative corporation. This also protects the right of future generations to live in a clean, healthy and safe environment. This also supports the UAE Centennial 2071 to make the UAE the world leading nation.”
Dewa’s new headquarters is designed for a platinum rating by Leed (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) and a silver rating from the Well Building Standard.
While Ghantoot Group is in charge of the construction work of the building, Moro Hub will support Dewa to implement the latest in IoT, cybersecurity, digital twin technologies, AI, and smart building management solutions. Through these innovative technologies, Al-Shera’a is expected to utilise up to 50 per cent less water than comparable buildings.
Al-Shera’a is expected to be completed by 2023 and will feature an array of artificial intelligence solutions across systems and spaces, including a digital concierge for every employee and visitor. Comprising 15 floors, a basement, and a four-story car park, the building will offer capabilities to accommodate an onsite presence of more than 5,000 people.
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