Dubai Business Women Council highlights women’s role in family businesses during American University of Sharjah Business Forum .

The Dubai Women Business Council (DBWC) has shared its insights on the role of women in the success of family businesses in the GCC during the recently concluded American Universityof Sharjah (AUS) Business Forum 2012. Mrs. Raja Al Gurg, President of DBWC, represented the Council in the Forum and took part in the panel discussion.
 Organized under the theme “Family Businesses in the GCC: Challenges and Opportunities in the Global Economy”, the Forum examined the impact of the global economic meltdown on family businesses as well as issues related to leadership, succession, governance across generations and participation of women in the family business.

Mrs. Raja Al Gurg said: “Family businesses will continue to play a greater role as economic catalysts for the region. The AUS Business Forum is therefore taking the right step by supporting the growth of family businesses through high-profile discussions that explore fresh opportunities and identify evolving challenges being faced by family businesses in the GCC. Dubai Women Business Council strongly supports such initiatives as it complements our efforts to encourage more women to become involved in the socioeconomic development of the Arab world.”
Mrs. Raja Al Gurg  – Forum discussed impact of global economic meltdown on family businesses as well as issues related to leadership, succession and governanc   
During the forum, Mrs. Al Gurg pointed out that family businesses, which account for some 90 per cent of businesses in the Middle East, have a major role in the region’s growth, job creation and competitiveness. Their sustained success is key to the region’s long-term economic development. She said, “As family businesses deal with the challenges posed by the financial crisis, increased international openness of the Gulf region as well as their own expansion, they need to adopt newer ways of running their business and managing their wealth in order to remain competitive and sustainable. Most importantly, family businesses need to put in place strong corporate governance and succession planning framework.”
Founded in 2002, DBWC motivates women to be productive members of the society, while encouraging role models to rise up from the ranks and inspire other women around the world, especially in the Arab region, to discover their true potential. DBWC organizes the high-profile monthly event ‘Majlis Business’ to provide information about the latest knowledge, skills and best practices for women entrepreneurs and leaders.

University of Waterloo UAE: A Global Experience (video)

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The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management – Dubai (VIDEO)

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During their studies Academy students are exposed to the inner workings of the world-class Jumeirah hotels, and many students do their internships in Jumeirah hotels in Dubai or overseas. Add to that our highly qualified faculty, world class facilities and multicultural student body, and you have a near perfect setting from which to launch your career in hospitality or tourism. 

Cisco launches Global Classroom in Dubai (VIDEO)

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University of Dubai – Dream big to achieve the impossible (video)

In the heart of the city, the University of Dubai offers you unique educational advantages. From the University of Dubais day and evening classes to offering interns and jobs through their relationship with Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DDCI), the University of Dubai is a top-notch institution to study at.

The University of Dubais vision through its contemporary education philosophy built on Islamic values and international academic standards will help nurture your professional skills, creative thinking and creative analysis.

Come study at the University of Dubais with their world class business and IT resources to become the business leader, manager and entrepreneur of tomorrow.

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Amity University, DIAC, Al Hosn University and Abu Dhabi University participate as sponsors of GETEX 2012

Amity University Dubaito hold presentation on 22 industry-specific courses during GETEX 2012
March 20, 2012
GETEX 2012 has announced that Amity University Dubai, a premier institution for higher education in the UAE, has confirmed its participation as sponsor for the second year running of the Middle East and Asia‘s leading education, training and professional development event. AmityUniversity Dubai will be showcasing its complete line-up of 22 industry-specific courses that have been developed to meet the needs of UAE learners. GETEX 2012 will take place from 19th to 21stApril 2012 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre. It was further revealed that Dubai International Academic City (DIAC), Al Hosn University and Abu Dhabi University will also be participating as sponsors of GETEX 2012.

Anselm Godinho, Managing Director, International Conferences and Exhibitions (IC&E), said: “Leveraging our strategic partnership with distinguished academic institutions such as Amity University Dubai, GETEX continues to gain momentum in creating a truly comprehensive showcase of world-class academic and professional development programs. GETEX will once again serve as the definitive venue that brings together thought leaders and key education stakeholders from all over the world to gather insights and cultivate in-depth discussions that will ultimately further enhance the culture of excellence in the region’s academic sector.”
Atul Chauhan, Chancellor, Amity University, said: “GETEX is one of the largest and most anticipated education events in the Middle East. It provides an ideal platform for academics, decision makers and key players in the education sector to share best practices, information and knowledge for the overall benefit of the academic community. Through our participation at GETEX, we hope to increase awareness of our presence here and extend a host of options to students, not only in regular disciplines but also in niche areas that are gaining increased importance in the region such as nano-technology, nuclear science, solar and alternate energy and forensic science. Amity’s support to the event underscores our overarching objective of contributing to the growth of the UAE economy by helping reduce the existing gap in skills and industry requirements.”
GETEX 2012 will gather more than 500 institutions and no less than 2,500 academic, vocational and training programmes. Over 30,000 visitors from across the Middle East are also expected to attend the event.

ALHOSN University hosts ADCED’s AKOUN workshop

ALHOSN University hosts ADCED’s AKOUN workshop to instill entrepreneurship among youths
Cultural expert & renowned TV personality Ali Al Saloom conducts interactive session
March 20, 2012
The Business Department at ALHOSN University, a leading Abu Dhabi-based university dedicated to high-quality, value-based education, recently collaborated with the Abu Dhabi Council for Economic Development (ADCED) to organize an ‘AKOUN’ workshop to encourage entrepreneurship among youths.
Translated as ‘to be’ in Arabic, ‘AKOUN’ is an entrepreneurship awareness campaign overseen by ADCED and aimed at inspiring and empowering young Emiratis to participate in the private sector. The Council has been visiting institutions of higher education across Abu Dhabi to gain support for AKOUN’s advocacy.

The AKOUN workshop was held at ALHOSN’s Male Campus and was presented in Arabic and English. A highlight of the event was an interactive workshop conducted by famed TV personality and cultural expert Ali Al Saloom from the ‘Ask Ali’ show. Saloom, a cultural ambassador of the UAE, is the creator of the popular ‘Ask Ali’ brand. Students who participated in the workshop were given Workshop Companion booklets which included presentation slides and a kit for creating a business plan.
All workshop attendees received a Certificate personally signed by the Abu Dhabi Council for Economic Development. The event proved to be one of the most valuable seminars ever attended by ALHOSN students.

“The AKOUN workshop was very effective in challenging our students to set up their own small and medium businesses. The UAE has emerged as the region’s commercial hub due to the exceptional entrepreneurial spirit of its business community. We commend ADCED for lighting the fire of entrepreneurship among our youths and commit to supporting future activities under its AKOUN campaign,” said Prof. Abdul Rahim Sabouni, Vice Chancellor and CEO, ALHOSN University.
AKOUN was initiated in 2009 by ADCED in collaboration with the Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development, the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Western Region Development Council, and the Twofour54° Abu Dhabi Media Zone. It supports the Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030’s goals of expanding the Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) sector and opening up new opportunities for entrepreneurs to thrive and grow.
Named after Abu Dhabi’s historic ALHOSN Palace, ALHOSN University was founded in 2005 by the Abu Dhabi Holding Company in response to growing local demand for high-quality, value-based educational institutions. It currently offers 12 undergraduate and 7 graduate programs under the Faculties of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Business, and Arts and Social Sciences. ALHOSN accepts students of all nationalities and also accommodates youths with special needs. All its programs are accredited by the UAE Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research.
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About ALHOSN University:
ALHOSN University is a leading private university dedicated to high-quality, value-based education under the slogan “Global Knowledge with Local Vision.” The Abu Dhabi-based institution is owned and supported by the Abu Dhabi Holding Company and is fully accredited by the UAE Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research.
ALHOSN University manages accredited programs (12 undergraduate and 7 graduate) in three faculties, all of which were developed by top North American educational experts. Undergraduate academic degrees are offered as four-year programs and taught in English, except for the Arabic education component.
The University’s City Campus includes the Men’s Campus, the Women’s Campus, the Engineering Lab Building, the Library Building, and the Lectures Building, all located at the heart of Abu Dhabi. A main campus with world-class, state-of-the-art facilities will soon be constructed. ALHOSN is open to students from all nationalities.
For further information, please contact:
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Office:    00971-2-441 89 95 (Abu Dhabi)
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Esmod Dubai partners with Wafi mall to open Esmod Fashion Store

‘Esmod Fashion Designers’ Incubator’ to exclusively showcase creations of Esmod graduates and hone their business smarts, foster ‘made in UAE’ pride

March 13, 2012

Esmod Dubai, the only French institute fully dedicated to fashion in the region, has announced its partnership with Wafi mall in Dubai to open the ‘Esmod Fashion Designers’ Incubator’ that aims to usher in the UAE’s next generation of fashion designers.
Established in line with Esmod Dubai’s corporate social responsibility agenda, the 2,500 sq ft facility provides a unique and highly visible talent incubator for selected Esmod graduates to showcase their collections, accessories and other exclusive creations.

The store will be used as a platform to guide participating alumni through the design, manufacturing, branding and marketing of their collections. The goal is to enhance the business skills of aspiring fashion entrepreneurs while promoting a ‘proudly made in the UAE’ mentality among the country’s fashionistas.

Importantly, the store displays exclusive individual pieces which are reasonably priced, with only a minimum markup, to be in line with market prices and to also ensure that Esmod designers generate maximum revenue.  
Moreover, a dedicated space has been arranged within the store for Wafi customers to benefit from Esmod Dubai’s popular Make Up short courses and also the Perfume Discovery & Creation course. A unique new facet of the Perfume Discovery course is that participants will have their perfume creations produced and handed over to them in a personalized 50ml bottle. Esmod also revealed that a gallery space for fashion related exhibitions will regularly showcase creations.

Since 2006 Esmod Dubai has been pursuing its mission of developing the Middle East’s fashion industry through the upholding of the highest professional fashion education standards and training opportunities. The institution’s latest corporate social responsibility initiative supports this goal by encouraging fashion brand development and facilitating the business startups of graduates.

“We embrace the responsibility of our actions and thus want Esmod Dubai’s fashion education programs to have a positive impact on the region’s fashion industry. We owe it to the parents who have entrusted their loved ones to us to develop the best skills in fashion design from our wards and provide them with access to unique career opportunities. The ‘Esmod Fashion Designers’ Incubator’ will serve as an ideal platform for them to start a successful fashion business,” explained Tamara Hostal, Director and Founder of Esmod Dubai.

“We are very pleased to have Esmod institute in Wafi, Esmod Dubai is the only French Fashion Institution fully dedicated to vocational fashion training in the Middle East.  Fashion is always of the time in which you live. It is not something standing alone. Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening,” said Layla Al Harmoudi, Marketing Manager at Wafi Mall.
Esmod Dubai recently welcomed its second batch of students for its 3-year French Higher Diploma in Fashion Design and Pattern Making. Aside from the higher diploma, Esmod Dubai also offers a one-year Foundation program and workshops on Fashion, Fashion Photography, Professional Fashion Make-Up, Make-Up Special Effects, Perfume Discovery & Creation, and Textile Science-Manipulation. The institution offers as well short courses and lectures on various fashion topics to the public.