SirajPower wins second residential project in Dubai

UAE-based SirajPower’s advanced, record-breaking solar technology and solutions allow customers to maximize savings, gain energy independence, and meet sustainability goals.
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Updated 30 April 2020

SirajPower wins second residential project in Dubai

SirajPower, a UAE-based distributed solar energy provider, has announced two new residential partnerships in Dubai. The company inked a deal with Al-Khail Heights (by Texture Holding) and Green Coast Real Estate — Mirdif Villa Complex, which will result in a total 3MWp system capacity, and generate 5GWh of annual energy production, whilst displacing more than 3,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide emission per annum, corresponding to approximately 450 million smartphones being charged.

Laurent Longuet, CEO of SirajPower, said: “Today, the way we live has been disrupted because of the novel coronavirus. It has raised further awareness of our lifestyle and the impact it has on our environment. Before the outbreak, there was already a strong push to make sustainability a way of life in the UAE and the region. As a company, we are proud to be part of a local family business that has always played an important role to help the community and that has been able to support the development of the long-term green vision of our leadership.”

The partnership is SirajPower’s second important project in the residential sector this year and follows the success of its award-winning project with DP World to provide solar energy to JAFZA staff accommodation completed earlier this year.

To implement such a project, the company benefited from its key market differentiator, a fully integrated leasing model which eases energy expenses and can help mitigate the economic impact of the current crisis. SirajPower provides the design, construction, installation, commissioning, operation, maintenance, and financing that allow businesses to work with a single point of contact throughout the whole journey of their energy ambitions.

Longuet added: “With the successful implementation of this project, we proved that a fully financed solar model is now becoming a reality in Dubai and the Middle East.”

Mansoor Nabil A. G. Hussain, CEO of Green Coast Real Estate, said: “SirajPower’s unique and innovative leasing model is a game-changer and we believe that their services will further contribute to the development of the local and regional solar market.”

Zubair Patni, director of Al-Khail Heights LLC, said: “In Dubai, the leadership has put in place an integrated energy strategy that aims to achieve a 30 percent reduction in energy and water usage across the built environment by 2030. This is important for property owners and occupiers as it will result in tangible saving benefits. We have selected SirajPower as our green partner of choice for the proven added value they’ve provided to other businesses. We proudly embark with them and the guidance of our wise leadership in their path to support the long-term Green Economy for Sustainable Development initiative.”

Digital transformation to create 1 million Saudi jobs

Updated 21 September 2020

Digital transformation to create 1 million Saudi jobs

Speakers and experts at an international conference revealed that an estimated 1 million jobs are expected to be created in the Kingdom over the next five years, due to the acceleration of digital transformation in several industries and sectors during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Nasser bin Suleiman Al-Nasser, chief executive of the STC Group and head of the Digital Transformation Working Group of the Saudi B20 business group, participated in an interactive session titled “Digital Transformation: The Future After the COVID-19 Pandemic,” which was held recently and included the participation of representatives from the B20 business group in 20 countries.

Al-Nasser explained that future jobs will depend entirely on technology and innovation, noting the gender disparity in the field of technology. It is therefore significant to empower women entrepreneurs and work together with governments to create targeted employment programs, designed to involve and qualify women in the technical sector while encouraging their promotion to leadership positions.

“We need to ensure that young women receive training and guidance when they enter the job market or start their own businesses, and the Kingdom has adopted many initiatives and investments to qualify young men and women through education,” he said. “In 2019, the Kingdom allocated SR1 billion ($266 million) to support universities in preparing students for the job market.”

The Saudi B20 and OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development) organized a virtual meeting, where a number of key government actors and G20 members presented recommendations and exchanged experiences on future investments, digital transformation, sustainability and 5G-based digital solutions.

The Saudi business group is committed to providing recommendations that promote the implementation of robust policies through transparent dialogue and constructive cooperation with all relevant parties, supported by a group of international organizations that act as knowledge and communication experts. It is the official platform of the business community at the G20 summit, and plays a representative role for the private sector before the group.

Maadad Al-Ajmi, head of the working group of the B20 Saudi Arabia Integrity and Compliance and vice president and general counsel for legal affairs at STC, participated in a session dedicated to compliance and integrity. Nasser Al-Jareed, head of the Workers’ Communication Group of the B20 and director of the Workers’ Committees Support Program at STC, was also a participant.

The Kingdom has taken qualitative steps toward ensuring a speedy development toward digital transformation through the adoption of state-of-the-art telecommunications and ICT technology, thereby facilitating the transformation toward a knowledge economy and e-commerce. These efforts ultimately aim to achieve higher satisfaction rates and quality of living for both citizens and residents, facilitating their everyday lives.