DUBAI OPENS FIRST ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING HUB
Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has inaugurated the Emirate’s very first electric vehicle charging station. The move is part of the Smart Dubai strategic plan, and the facility itself is now open to the public like another 11 of them already are. Located at DEWA’s headquarters in Al Garhoud, local dignitaries and policymakers inaugurated the new station, including His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy. According to Construction Week Online, the managing director and chief executive officer of DEWA, His Excellency Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer said, “this station is an important step towards achieving the objectives of the sustainable smart city, and transforming Dubai into the smartest city in the world.” Before the end of this year, DEWA plans to have 100 charging stations across Dubai and to kick start the rollout, the authority is collaborating with an array of car manufacturers, airports, shopping malls and petrol stations, as well as the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) and the Dubai Municipality.
It is one of the 16 stations that are to be opened during phase one of the Smart Dubai initiative.