A committee, headed by Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), has been formed to follow up on implementing the order of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, which requires real estate developers, companies, and other relevant stakeholders, to install back-up power generators at major projects in Dubai.
Dewa has sent a circular requiring the installation of back-up power generators in major buildings and landmarks, such as tourist, commercial, and cultural buildings in Dubai.
This is to ensure that they will have the necessary power in emergencies for public security and safety reasons, and to ensure the comfort and well-being of society and the public at large.
The circular states that the capacity of the back-up generators should be of sufficient to cover lighting, elevators, escalators, automatic doors, surveillance cameras, alarm systems, and fire and safety equipment.
These back-up generators must be properly maintained to ensure that they will work when needed, in an effective and timely manner, according to best safety practices.
The new law comes following this month's blackout that affected Dubai Mall and parts of the Downtown Dubai district.
Al Tayer said: "I extend my sincere thanks and appreciation to His Highness Sheikh Mohammed, for his unlimited support, constant follow up, wise directives, and insightful vision.
"His Highness always motivates us to continue our leadership and excellence, and anticipate and shape the future of strategic sectors, according to a clear approach based on innovation, research and development.
"We value the decision made by His Highness to require real estate developers and companies to install back-up generators in major projects in Dubai. This important decision will benefit all stakeholders, as it will help avoid electricity interruptions that might occur due to any malfunctions in major developments and tourist, commercial, and cultural buildings, ensuring work is not interrupted at these buildings."