The chief executive of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has highlighted plans to make Dubai “the smartest city in the world”.

Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer said that DEWA has invested $2m in 11 different ‘smart’ programmes to 2020.

“The smart grid is a key element in our strategy,” he said. “Smart grids also support our target to reduce energy consumption by 30 per cent by 2030.”

Speaking at The Knowledge Summit in Dubai, Al Tayer said that “a smart city is a place for creative and empowered people. The people are the cornerstone of a smart city. They are its main drivers for continuous development, creativity, and innovation. Their efficiency is the backbone for the growth and development of these cities.”

He added that “establishing a successful smart city infrastructure also requires that the community is able to use modern technologies, while keeping up to date with its rapid development”.