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This month’s clients: Dubai Electricity & Water Authority and Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority

Since taking over from the separate power and water authorities in Dubai in 1992, Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (Dewa) has been responsible for delivering power and water to Dubai businesses and residents. It has more than 400,000 electricity customers and over 300,000 water customers.

The organisation is led by managing director and CEO Saeed Mohammad Al Tayer, and operates through five key business divisions – generation, transmission & distribution, projects & engineering, shared services and customer services.

Not surprisingly the past few years have been a challenge for Dewa as it struggled to keep up with the pace of development in the emirate. The growth in demand for power and water is estimated to be around 16% per year.

To meet demand Dewa embarked on an enormous 10 year capacity-building programme, building 17,048MW a day of new power capacity, along with 3,613M litres/day of desalination capacity.

At the start of 2008, Dewa had a total installed capacity of 5,448MW of power and 1,263M litres/day of desalinated water.

The current downturn in the Dubai real estate market should ease demand and with it the pressure on Dewa which has been considering whether to build coal fired power stations, nuclear plants, hydrogen power and a new gas pipeline to Iran.

Consultants such as Germany’s Fichtner and Lahmeyer International and the UK’s Mott MacDonald regularly work with Dewa on its projects. Dewa anticipated the correction in the construction market.

Earlier this year it reacted to the booming market conditions by rejecting bids for a new 3,000MW power station called Hassyan P when cost estimates were much higher than expected. Now it will benefit from lower contracting costs and materials prices when it seeks new bids.

● Hassyan P power plant
● Jebel Ali M power plant
● Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle Hydrogen power plant

The Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA) was established in September 2004 with a remit to improve and facilitate tourism in the emirate. This includes more than £20bn worth of infrastructure to support hotels, new beach developments and major mixed-use facilities.

The state plans to have built 25,000 hotel rooms by 2025 to support 2.7M visitors each year.

ADTA is led by chairman Sheikh Sultan bin Tahnoon al-Nahyan and has seven key business divisions that are overseen by director general Mubarak al-Muhairi. As a result of such enormous development plans ADTA, through its development arm Tourism Development Investment Company (TDIC), is one of the emirate’s biggest client organisations.

TDIC, led by chef executive officer Lee Tabler, operates as a developer building its own schemes, in partnership with local or international firms and as a master developer that sells plots to third party developers.

Its projects include the £18bn Saadiyat Island, currently being developed over the next decade. This massive 2,700ha development includes Abu Dhabi’s own Guggenheim and Louvre Museums and will be connected to the mainland via two bridges and a tunnel.

The development itself is split into seven districts. Many international consultants, architects and contractors are working on the project including Aecom, Halcrow, Buro Happold, Foster & Partners, Jan der Nul, Six Construct, KEO Consultants and Parsons Corporation. These join local firms such as Arabtec and Al Jaber Subsidiary ALEC.

Another major scheme being developed in tandem with Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company through its Masdar sustainability initiative is the Desert Islands complex. This comprises the former royal nature reserve of Sir Bani Yas Island, Dalma Island and the Discovery Islands which are six nearby offshore outcrops.

● Saadiyat Island
● Desert Islands
● Al Bateen Wharf Saadiyat Island: The £18bn development will take a decade to complete

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