The initiative comes in line with the company’s directives towards enhancing the role of Emiratis and honing their capabilities to assume leading positions in the future. It complements Emirates CMS initial experiment where qualified Emirati personnel operated the plant for 24 hours without any external support or assistance. Abdulla Ali Al Sheryani, chairman of ECPC, explained that the initiative is a step towards enabling the UAE nationals in achieving leadership in the global energy sector, which is strategically important as a major component of economic diversification and a cornerstone of national progress. Al Sheryani added, “Abu Dhabi has made significant achievements in terms of engaging the UAE national personnel in promoting a comprehensive and sustainable development, in line with the ‘Emiratisation’ initiative launched by the federal government to increase UAE nationals’ employment in the labour market.” “We have also received strong support and cooperation from the private sector to create an attractive environment that stimulates entrepreneurship, creativity, excellence and leadership for promising Emirati citizens,” he added. Al Sheryani explained that the department of energy is committed to implementing the privatisation programme to increase the production capacity of water and electricity to meet development needs in partnership with the private sector. This will help the Abu Dhabi government in achieving its goal of creating a sustainable water and electricity that ensures optimum utilisation of resources. He also pointed out that the Taweelah A2 plant is a success story as one of the plants under the privatisation programme for the utility sector, which has succeeded in attracting leading international companies and forging alliances with them. According to him, “The program also helped in developing services, increasing government revenues and enhancing the rate of Emiratisation in private companies, in line with the government’s efforts to doubling the number of UAE nationals working in the private sector by 2021.” Ahmed Bin Abbood Al Adawi, executive managing director of ECPC, said, “This initiative is a major step towards the Emiratisation of the energy sector, which is among the strategic priorities of our wise leadership confident in Emiratis’ capabilities in advancing one of the most vital sectors of the economy that promote the inclusive and sustainable development process in Abu Dhabi.” “Qualified Emiratis working with Emirates CMS Power Company have significantly increased by 50 per cent, particularly in the technical section. This shows the efficiency of the Emiratis and their ability to play a key role in exploring and shaping the future of energy, based on the strong foundations of innovation, sustainability and excellence,” Al Adawi noted.