The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) yesterday announced plans to work with Microsoft to develop new quantum-based solutions to address energy optimization and other challenging problems. It is important to note that DEWA is that first organization outside the U.S. to participate in the Microsoft Quantum program.
Microsoft is currently working hard to deliver the industry’s most stable and scalable quantum computer. As the development of the quantum computer continues, Microsoft is now offering quantum-inspired Azure services for organizations to program and test quantum algorithms, then apply those quantum solutions within the current Azure platform to achieve real-world impacts even before the development of a general-purpose quantum computer. Once the real quantum computers are ready, these organizations can enjoy a seamless migration path.
“Quantum computing holds the promise of solving some of our planet’s greatest challenges that today’s computers are unable to solve,” said Todd Holmdahl, corporate vice president of Microsoft Quantum. “Innovative partners such as DEWA understand the benefits of getting in early, not only to build their quantum knowledge and skills but to create immediate solutions that can be applied today.”
“We are delighted to work with Microsoft to bring the revolutionary power of quantum computing to Dubai, to achieve the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice president and prime minister of the UAE and ruler of Dubai, to make Dubai the smartest and happiest city in the world. This also will contribute to addressing key challenges while furthering our goal to make the UAE one of the most innovative and sustainable countries in the world,” said HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, managing director and CEO of DEWA. “This partnership will provide us with early access to Microsoft’s quantum computing research and capabilities to develop solutions that improve performance, productivity and quality of services provided to our customers and beyond.”