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Airport Show’s expanded Hosted Buyers Programme benefits global aviation industry

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Airport Show’s expanded Hosted Buyers Programme benefits global aviation industry

4175Decision-makers from key regional airports and aviation organisations have signed up as Hosted Buyers for the 14th edition of Airport Show taking place in Dubai from May 11 to 13, confirming its strong position as the world’s most sought-after airport B2B event offering vast business prospects for the global manufacturers and suppliers of technology and services.

This year’s event has already attracted 71 Hosted Buyers, up from the 60 last year and the organisers, Reed Exhibitions Middle East, are confident about reaching the 100 mark by the time the event takes off.

Last year’s Hosted Buyers Programme had gathered 60 representatives from 20 aviation authorities from 13 countries. In Airport Show 2013, there were a total of 1,128 pre-arranged meetings between hosted buyers and exhibitors and 52 meetings between exhibitors and Dubai Aviation Engineering Projects with selected visitors covering over $20 billion planned spending in airport development across the region.

This year’s show will see Hosted Buyers from Oman, Iraq, Morocco, Sudan, Bahrain, Djibouti, Egypt, India, Jordan, Kuwait, Pakistan, Tunisia, Zimbabwe and the host country, UAE. The combined investments planned by these countries in aviation-related developments are estimated to be worth $40 billion in a short span of time.

This year’s event will take place on 12,000 square metres of gross exhibition space with 250 exhibitors from 35 countries, six national pavilions and three unmatched networking platforms.

The Show organisers are hopeful about crossing the threshold levels it had fixed for this year in terms of participants and exhibitors and the volume of business leads they will be able to generate.

Aviation is among the five key sectors that will benefit from investments that will be pumped into infrastructure development in the run up to the Expo 2020 that the UAE will host in Dubai.

Daniyal Qureshi, Director of Airport Show, said: “We are extremely pleased with the response and support we have received for the Hosted Buyers Programme. The record number of decision-makers signing up for the programme this year reflects the success of the Airport Show as a platform for regional airports to procure their requirements at their doorsteps from global manufacturers and suppliers.”

“This also speaks volumes about the growing appeal and reach of the Airport Show. The region, which is one of the fastest growing aviation markets globally, is keen on acquiring cutting-edge and innovative technology and solutions to meet its current and future needs for an exceptional aviation infrastructure.”

The Airport Show-2014 will take place at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre (DICEC) under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA), Chairman of Dubai Airports and Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline and Group.

Co-located with the Airport Show will be the 2nd edition of Global Airport Leaders’ Forum (GALF) and the debut Travel Catering Expo (TCE). The show is supported by DCAA, Dubai Airports, dnata, Dubai Air Navigation Services and Dubai Aviation Engineering Projects (DAEP). Leading international and regional trade bodies such as German Airport Technology and Equipment (GATE), Danish Airport Group, British Aviation Group, British Airport Services and Equipment Association, Swiss Airport Suppliers, Netherlands Airport Technology, UBIFRANCE, Middle East Business Aviation Association (MEBAA), UAE Society of Engineers and Supply Chain and Logistics Group have continued their support to the show.

The Hosted Buyer Programme has been established as a well-received and highly-acclaimed feature of the iconic event since 2009, providing exhibitors an unparalleled opportunity to meet key officials and decision-makers from regional airports. In its first year, 41 officials from 19 airports and 11 countries participated in the programme. With over a 100 buyers at the 2014 Airport Show, the event plays a significant role in contributing to the growth of the region’s aviation industry.

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SEHA Leadership Programme welcomes first graduates

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SEHA Leadership Programme welcomes first graduates

Twenty-two SEHA graduates emerge from the company’s senior leadership development programme

487Abu Dhabi 12 April 2014: SEHA, the Abu Dhabi Health Services Company, held a graduation ceremony for 22 of its UAE national senior managers. The individuals involved form the first cohort of the company’s inaugural Senior Leadership Development and Succession Planning programme.

The ceremony was attended by the Director of the INSEAD – Abu Dhabi Campus, Professor Miguel Sousa Lobo, and the CEO of SEHA, Carl Stanifer, along with a large crowd of guests and officials.

Throughout the two-year programme, the graduates received instruction on the best practices and global applications in the field of leadership and public administration. The programme, which began in May 2012, was designed with a particular focus on developing the capacity of senior managers to lead initiatives within SEHA across various fields, including nursing, operations, finance, HR, IT, engineering, construction, and PR.

Some of the graduates have been involved in overseas secondments and consequently received further skills training, which has helped them acquire a deeper understanding of healthcare management-level knowledge which they have brought back to apply within SEHA’s HealthSystem facilities.

A number of the graduates have now moved into senior positions within SEHA and the first cohort will be followed by a new cohort of SEHA senior leaders. This was driven by the company’s core belief that learning and continuous improvement is important for the development of UAE nationals, and will lead them to expand their knowledge and skills, which will enable them to carry out their duties and responsibilities even more efficiently.

Rashid Al-Qubaisi, Executive Director at SEHA stated that the company treats the development of UAE nationals and the qualification of promising leaders as a priority, in accordance with the comprehensive development plans adopted by the Abu Dhabi Government, which have enabled it to occupy international standing in the field of human development.

Al-Qubaisi continued: “SEHA is keen to provide every opportunity for its staff to enhance their skills, increase their educational qualifications, and receive the required training at the world’s most prestigious specialised universities and colleges. This will have the greatest impact on their personal development, which will contribute to the company’s progress and the development of the UAE.

Al-Qubaisi also stated that the 22 graduates received specialised support in order to enhance their skills and qualify them according to their individual functional needs and requirements, and in line with SEHA’s strategy. During the programme, they undertook a variety of development activities including executive coaching, mentoring, personal assessment and skills training. Each of these skills was developed in such a way as to support the development of competencies as outlined by government entities in Abu Dhabi. This reflects the government’s commitment to supporting talent and continuing to develop it in order to reinforce the management infrastructure at the highest levels of government.

Al-Qubaisi further mentioned that INSEAD is one of the leading schools supporting the programme in high-level education and training. This contributes to the strengthening of the students’ abilities and their potential, qualifies them for advancement and development in their respective fields, and helps make them distinctive and creative leaders. SEHA aims to have a distinguished and innovative team that is capable of dealing with the responsibilities and burdens of the job assigned to them.

Professor Miguel Sousa Lobo stated that INSEAD is committed to consolidating its excellent relationship with SEHA and providing educational and training programmes for executives who wish to join the school. Furthermore, programmes created are in line with SEHA’s strategy and help to stimulate innovation in daily work.

Lobo added that INSEAD offers a range of graduate programmes in business administration and executive business management, which attract over 1,000 enrolees every year, in addition to executive education programmes that are directed to skill development of Executive Directors and CEOs.These programmes attract 9,500 enrolees every year.

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Turner Prize Winner Sir Antony Gormley Participates in Innovative ‘21,39’ Programme

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Turner Prize Winner Sir Antony Gormley Participates in Innovative ‘21,39’ Programme

540Following the successful launch by the Saudi Art Council of the inaugural ‘21,39’ Jeddah Arts at the beginning of the month, the programme continues to showcase an engaging agenda for and to the city’s community. Chaired by HRH Princess Jawaher bint Majed Al Saud, President of AlMansouria, the first edition of ‘21,39’ aims to preserve and present the cultural movement in Saudi Arabia with a two-month long programme that presented the opening of two curated exhibitions, “Moallaqat” and “Past is Prologue”, featuring modern and contemporary Saudi artists, a symposium attended by regional and international industry experts as well as openings throughout the city of local spaces and pop-up by Riyadh-based galleries.

Courtesy Athr Gallery

The Saudi Art Council aims to cater and enrich cultural awareness in Jeddah, encouraging members of the community to attend and be a part of the ‘21,39’ programme of curated talks and workshops. Adhering to this commitment, the programme presented British artist Sir Antony Gormley, who appeared for his first public talk in Saudi Arabia in conversation with Ahmed Mater on ‘Sculpture and the Collective Imagination.’

Sir Antony is widely acclaimed for his sculptures, installations, and public artworks, which focus on the human body and its relationship to space. Since the 1960s his work has explored the fundamental methods of where human beings stand in relation to nature and the universe.

Both Sir Antony and Mater, an increasingly renowned figure in Saudi Arabian and wider Middle Eastern art, discussed aspects and opinions on the medium of sculpture and its connotations in today’s art world using examples from Sir Antony’s repertoire and Mater’s recent work, which presents an unofficial history of Saudi socio-political life. The talk was held on Thursday February 20th at Gold Moor Centre, Jeddah to a capacity audience, and followed by a Q&A session.

“The Saudi Art Council is proud to present two artists whose works are a testament to the enhancement of the versatile and vibrant programme of ‘21,39’ which engages and informs the audience on the association between society and art,” says Mohammed Hafiz, Vice-Chairman of The Saudi Art Council and Co-Founder of Athr Gallery. “Our vision is to further the dialogue between artists in the Kingdom with regional and global artists, amplifying the shared social understanding and inspire an ongoing interaction.”

“This initiative shows the possibility of richness and diversity. Not just nostalgic, but traditions are revived and re-looked at, such as calligraphy, embroidery and metalwork,” said Sir Antony of the ‘21,39’ event. “It allows art to test the limits of our perception. If our limit is the horizon, the perceptual edge; art encourages us to think what lies beyond that edge.”

The ‘21,39’ programme continues until April 2014 with a special education program offering guided school tours of the two exhibitions, a volunteer programme, mentoring sessions for young Saudi artists, and a series of workshops for children and adults. For more information, please visit the website.

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‘21,39’ Jeddah Arts Opens with Positive Response to Exclusive Inaugural Programme by the Saudi Art Council

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‘21,39’ Jeddah Arts Opens with Positive Response to Exclusive Inaugural Programme by the Saudi Art Council

53The Saudi Art Council presented the first edition of ‘21,39’ Jeddah Arts which was officially inaugurated by HRH Princess Jawaher bint Majed Al Saud, President of AlMansouria Foundation and Chairwoman of the Saudi Art Council, on February 4, 2014 commencing the start of a unique initiative dedicated to preserving and presenting the cultural movement in Saudi Arabia. The two-month art event welcomed over 3,500 visitors on its opening night from the local and regional communities and the international art world (invited by the Council to Saudi Arabia), introducing them to an exclusive experience of exhibitions, educational workshops, talking platforms and a unique programme to revive the old town district of Al-Balad.

‘21,39’ Jeddah Arts showcases 45 Saudi artists through two curated exhibitions, highlighting the evolution of local art in “Moallaqat” and “Past is Prologue”. ‘21,39’ honours female artists within this list, including the extensive career of Saffeya Binzager, one of the first Saudi artists to hold an exhibition in The Kingdom, by presenting a retrospective of her works at her studio and space; and an installation by Manal AlDowayan which draws particular attention to the exclusion of women from Saudi Arabian family trees. The work consists of numerous brass leaves engraved with the names of women – matriarchs - which branch out in an umbrella of recognition and ancestral pride celebrating women as individuals and as significant contributors to culture and history.

“The inaugural activities of the Saudi Art Council with the presentation of ‘21,39’ have signified the great achievement of this initiative and its programme through the high levels of public interest and community involvement. This was an initiative for the people by the people,” says Abdullah AlTurki, member of the Saudi Art Council. “The importance of education plays an integral role within the programme, enforcing the awareness and the teaching of art in our culture and daily lives. Together with the exhibitions, workshops and symposium, this initiative aims to continue to elevate Jeddah and its diverse community within the artistic culture throughout Saudi Arabia.”

The programme included an all-day symposium of talks, panel discussions and open dialogue which enhance the ‘21, 39’ theme covering the role of Saudi art in relation to the local, regional and global context. Key note speakers included Chris Dercon, Director of Tate Modern Museum, London and Fouad Therman, Director of King Abdullaziz Center for World Culture, alongside panels featuring Sheikha Hoor Al Qassimi, President of the Sharjah Art Foundation; Anne Pasternak, Director, Creative Time; artists Ahmed Mater, Manal AlDowayan, and Ziad Antar amongst others.

“Thanks to the Saudi Art Council and its initiative ‘21,39’ Jeddah Arts, Saudi Arabia is quickly catching up not only within its own right, but also with the future of contemporary art in the Middle East,” says Chris Dercon, Director of Tate Modern, London. “The Saudi Art Council and ‘21,39’ is an organisation which reflects a new movement - a bottom-up movement - in the region, connecting Jeddah as an art centre with other centres such as Sharjah [United Arab Emirates], and Beirut [Lebanon].”

A special education program will run in conjunction with ‘21, 39’ offering guided tours of the exhibition, a volunteer programme and mentoring sessions for young Saudi artists, alongside workshops for children and adults. For more information, please visit the website.

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494INDEX KSA, Saudi Arabia largest interior design fair, was inaugurated yesterday by Sheikh Mazen Battierjee, President of Albeir Society, and Dr. Ghazi bin Saeed Al Abbasi, Secretary General of the Saudi Council of Engineers. The opening. Held under the Patronage of Sheikh Saleh Abdullah Kamel and organized by M.I.C.E Arabia Exhibitions and Conferences Co. in association with dmg events, the second edition of the show will run until tomorrow, 14th November 2013 (11 Muharram 1435H), at the Jeddah Centre for Forum and Events.

Batterjee said: “INDEX KSA is a trade fair that gives foreign companies an opportunity to explore the Saudi Arabian market and encourages business in the region. We are pleased to endorse an initiative of this kind as it will benefit our country and support our economic growth”.

Elie Rizk, CEO of M.I.C.E. Arabia Group, also expressed his gratitude to everyone who contributed to the success of the exhibition, led by the Emirate of Makkah, and to the main supporters of the show the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Saudi Council of Engineers and their staff members as well as all ministries and government bodies, in particular Ministry of Foreign Affairs Saudi Arabia, Ministry of commerce, the Saudi Organisation for Investment, Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities and special thanks to all exhibitors, participants, media partners and sponsors.

“We are honoured to have Sheikh Mazen Battierjee and and Dr. Ghazi bin Saeed Al Abbasi here today to inaugurate the second edition of INDEX KSA, it’s a demonstration of the support given to the show”, said Mike Allsopp, Senior Vice President of dmg events Middle East & Asia, who attended the official inauguration and accompanied a tour around the fair.

Hosting over 150 companies from 20 countries and covering different industry segments, INDEX KSA caters to the needs of the residential, commercial and hospitality interior sectors; the show provides exhibitors with a platform to access the Saudi Arabian market and industry’s professionals with a unique opportunity to network with potential new suppliers for their projects and a source of inspiration.

Spread over 4,400 net sqm of floor space, INDEX KSA 2013 will also feature for the first time a programme of free-to-attend seminars and workshops for the Interior Design and Architect community, where industry’s hot topics will be analysed and discussed. Tomorrow’s schedule for the INDEX KSA Design Talks 2013 includes a session on ‘Education and Training in Interior Design-A British Perspective’ by Helen Keighley, Director of Education for the British Institute of Interior Design (BIID); while Amina Al-Failakawi, Visual Merchandising Manager at Abyat Megastore, will discuss ‘Interior Inspirations, Colors, Patterns and Styles’.

“The new Design Talks programme it’s a great addition to the show; it brings to our market something that was needed and that will help nurturing and developing the Saudi Arabian industry professional community” commented Dr. Ghazi bin Saeed AL Abbasi, Secretary General of the Saudi Council of Engineers. “The council is committed to supporting such activities that enhance awareness amongst architects and decision makers alike”, he concluded.

Another new feature of the second INDEX KSA show is the Trend Tour, a self-guided tour that helps visitors navigate the show at their leisure and spot the most interesting pieces on display at the fair. Among the thousands of items showcased at INDEX, a team of industry experts have selected the 25 most innovative and trendiest from international and regional exhibiting brands such as Aqua Designs Group, Champs Elysees, Edition Bougainville, Faya, FEDE, Legrand, Roca, Vavex, and Solea.

“We have introduced two new features to the show that will make visitors’ experience even more fulfilling. With these novelties, the regional interior design market growing and the appetite for this kind of event, we envision INDEX 2013 to replicate the success of the 2012 edition”, concluded Mike Allsopp.

Index KSA will run at the Jeddah Centre for Forums and Events until tomorrow, Thursday 14th November, from 4pm to 10pm. For more information visit www.indexksa.com

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Tamkeen launches enhanced career progression programme

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Tamkeen launches enhanced career progression programme

,41As part of its efforts to support Bahrainis and businesses to grow and develop, Tamkeen unveiled the enhanced Career Progression Programme, which is a programme that helps employers address performance gaps of their Bahraini employees by providing high-quality training opportunities to allow them to develop competencies related to their work.

Through the programme, Tamkeen offers Bahraini employees a series of specialised and high-level training courses to help them improve their performance and advance in their careers.

The training programmes are designed based on detailed analysis conducted by a dedicated Tamkeen team in cooperation with the employers to identify performance gaps among their Bahraini employees by conducting Training Needs Analysis (TNA) and agreeing on a Personal Development Plan (PDP) for each employee. Once the training programme is completed successfully, the benefiting employee will receives a subsidised salary increment by Tamkeen.

Previously, the programme offered only three options to employers to train their employees, however; now with the enhanced Career Progression Programme, employers will have access to 10 flexible options, with training budget subsidies ranging between BD 800 and BD 2500 and pay increase subsidies ranging between BD 20 and BD 100, for each benefiting employee. In addition, the salary increment subsidy period will now continue in full to a period of 18 months.

Tamkeen’s Acting Vice President for Human Capital Development, Ms. Amal Al Kooheji, commented on the announcement: “The Career Progression Programme has been critical to the development of both employers and employees, as it provides a dual benefit to both entities, with the employee benefiting by improving their competencies, a wage increase and better career opportunities, while the employer can achieve higher employee retention rates by improving the skills of their employees resulting in better overall business performance to the company.

With the new enhanced Career Progression Programme, employers will now be able to select the optimal option that matches their circumstances and needs.”

Launched in 2007, the Career Progression Programme has so far served more than 12,500  Bahraini employees from approximately 600 companies across all sectors, with more than BD 22 million spent over the programme so far.

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Dubai Trade launches new advanced level of its trade and logistics programme

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Dubai Trade launches new advanced level of its trade and logistics programme

453Dubai Trade, the premier facilitator for trade across borders, has launched a new advanced level in its flagship vocational training programme in trade and logistics. Level 3 of the Certified Trade & Logistics Professional programme (CTLP) is an upgraded version of CTLP Level 2 where air freight, land transportation and supply chain are added.

The new level exposes students to more case studies and scenarios and incorporates more assignments and quizzes.

Eng. Mahmood Al Bastaki, CEO of Dubai Trade, said, “The new advanced level which was launched last August provides participants with more hands-on experiences that will help eliminate process errors and improve procedural efficiency, saving costs and resulting in smoother workflow when dealing with Dubai based trade authorities.”

“We are proud of the success CTLP has achieved so far. More than 500 graduates from a diverse range of job roles and functions including logistics and transportation service providers, freight forwarders, customs brokers, shipping agents, traders, marine service providers and government officials have passed CTLP since its inception in 2011. At Dubai Trade, we are keen not only on using the latest technologies and e-Services, but also on providing adequate training and education to use them in line with Dubai Strategic Plan 2015 and the UAE Vision 2021,” Al Bastaki added.

CLTP trainees gain up-to-date knowledge of developments and concepts in the trade and logistics domain. The hands-on programme is designed to give trainees in-depth understanding of the full business concepts and procedures related to all stakeholders involved in the trade supply chain. It covers all key information needed for cross-border trading and logistics to maximise business efficiency and create professionals who are knowledgeable and skilled in trade policies and regulations locally and internationally.

CTLP is accredited by the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) in Dubai and endorsed by the Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport - International. It is delivered in an intensive format over one week as well as in two-weeks of evening sessions. A total of 40 hours are required to complete the course. Candidates can easily enrol in CTLP by visiting (ctlp.dubaitrade.ae) where they can choose the schedule convenient to them and pay the fees.

The programme is divided into 7 modules: Introduction to Trade, The Export Process, The Import Process, Transhipment, Multi-Modal Transport and Chartering, Freight Forwarders, Logistics and Supply Chain, DP World and Dubai Customs e-Services.

It is worth mentioning that Dubai Trade was rewarded ‘Best Training Initiative of The Year 2011′ by CILT for its distinctive Certified Trade and Logistics Professional (CTLP) programme. It also won the Supply Chain and Transport Awards 2013 (SCATA) in the ‘Training & Education Provider of the Year’ category.

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LAU conducts capacity building for law enforcement personnel in Lebanon programme

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LAU conducts capacity building for law enforcement personnel in Lebanon programme

449Under the patronage of H.E. General Marwan Charbel Minister of Interior and Municipalities, the Institute for Women’s Studies in the Arab World at the Lebanese American University (LAU) and ‘Restart’ Center for the rehabilitation of victims of violence and torture organized the closing ceremony of the training programme on ‘capacity building for law enforcement personnel in Lebanon in the fields of human rights’, a programme that was conducted at LAU for 140 participating members from the Lebanese Internal Security Forces and lasted from December 2012 until May 2013.

Moderated by LAU Executive Director of Relations and Media Dr. Christian Oussi, the closing ceremony witnessed the participation of representatives of the Minister of Interior and Municipalities, the Minister of Justice and representatives of the different Lebanese security units in addition to the participation of H.E. Spanish Ambassador Ms. Milagros Hernando, LAU President Dr. Joseph G. Jabbra, Women’s Institute Director Dr. Samira Aghacy and “Restart Director Suzanne Jabbour.

Different speeches were delivered during the ceremony all stressing on the importance of the law being a major tool in protecting human beings and their rights as well as on the importance of the training programme itself and the positive impact on the participating members.

Finally certificates were distributed to the participating members.

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Bodour Al Qasimi launches EBDA’ training programme for leaders of cultural entities in Sharjah

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Bodour Al Qasimi launches EBDA’ training programme for leaders of cultural entities in Sharjah

47Sheikha Bodour bint Sultan Al Qasimi, Chairperson of the Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq), has launched the EBDA’ programme.

The year and a half long programme aims to prepare and train young UAE nationals and develop their management and leadership skills in cultural works to enable them fill leadership positions in the various cultural initiatives and institutions in Sharjah in the future.

In a statement during the launch ceremony, Sheikha Bodour Al Qasimi said that the UAE is in position to take up a leadership role thanks to its solid base of well-educated and ambitious young people. The program will prepare the next generation of leaders to fill senior positions in cultural institutions in order to bring a fresh sense of creativity and dynamism to the cultural activities. The ceremony which took place at Maraya Art Centre was attended by Ahmed Bin Rakadh Al Ameri, Director of Sharjah International Book Fair, Abdullah Al Mannai, Head of Administrative Affairs at the Department of Culture and Information, Marwa Obaid Al Aqroubi, President of the UAEBBY Executive Board and Rashid Al Kous, Project Manager of Knowledge without Borders.

EBDA’ is an 18-month training programme organised by the Executive Office of Sheikha Bodour bint Sultan Al Qasimi. The initiative aims to provide training as well as management and leadership development skills to young leaders through theoretical classroom training and practical on the job training, in addition to participating in cultural events. The programme will give its participants the opportunity to engage in regular meetings with key decision makers in the cultural sectors in the emirate of Sharjah so as to obtain a better understanding about the cultural sector and gain leadership experience.

This new move comes in response to growing cultural, artistic, literary, intellectual and media activities in the UAE, in general, and Sharjah, in particular, as well as the thriving exhibitions, fairs and award events held in the country, in addition to the evolution in the work of cultural institutions, the noticeable growth in publishing sector and the UAE’s distinguished cultural presence on international forums.

Sheikha Bodour bint Sultan Al Qasimi said: “We have decided to organise this cultural programme and to prepare and train the young leaders as part of our belief in the importance of building the intellectual capital of our youth and in the importance of preparing leaders who are capable of leading and developing the Emirate’s march of cultural evolution initiated by His Highness Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah.” She reiterated her confidence in the ability of the Emirati youth to achieve their ambitions and to make their dreams come true.

Sheikha Bodour clarified: “This programme, which has been designed to develop the cultural management skills for young leaders, is new in its concept and objectives. We seek to invest in human capital by preparing a selected group of UAE young people in Sharjah to manage and lead one of the cultural institutions and initiatives in the Emirate.”

“We have been working in collaboration with various entities and corporations to prepare and plan the programme over the course of a year. EBDA’ has big ambitions to lead the future cultural movement with our young leaders and are sure they will live up to our confidence and aspirations. We expect all the participants to demonstrate high level of responsibility, commitment, and cooperation to mutually achieve our common goals,” she added.

Ahmed Al Suwaidi the Manager of EBDA’ programme stated that the programme hosts 14 participants for 18-months training through a four-section programme, including a preliminary evaluation, classroom training, on-the-job training, and networking opportunities. The preliminary evaluation of the candidates selected has been conducted for the participants who will join on-the-job training sessions at a number of projects and organisations in the Emirate’s cultural sector has been. They will gain an understanding on the requirements of their future career and develop experience in their chosen sector.

The 40-day classroom training section will run on different dates throughout the 18 months and will include a number of basics. The classes will start with an Introduction of the Program, and then address such topics as Basics of Management, Networking, Business Etiquette, Commercial Correspondence, Time Management, Leadership and Influence, Self-assertion and Self-confidence, Personal Skills, Planning and Future Orientation, Meeting Management, Creative Problem Solving, and Employee Motivation, Al Suwaidi added.

The classes will also include mid-course interviews, followed by presentations about Dispute Settlement, Customer Service, Attention Management, Budget and Finance Reports, Project Management, Training, Presentation Skills, Supervision and Pressure Management. Participants will be divided into two groups during classroom training and will be evaluated upon completion of each subject of the above.

Participants will receive a set of handbooks to focus on the main aspects of their tasks. Theoretical and practical training will be accompanied by a number of workshops which cover five basic principles of the science of management, including a highlight on the tasks of the director, planning, organising, leadership and control. The programme also includes regular performance evaluation on its main points.

EBDA’ has also entered into a cooperative agreement with the British Council, under the terms of which the Council will be sponsoring a specialised training course in culture for the trainees during the EBDA’ programme.

The list of partners and host organisations which will provide the on-the-job training opportunities or internships for EBDA’ program includes the Executive Office of Sheikha Bodour bint Sultan Al Qasimi, the Sharjah Department of Culture and Information, the Sharjah International Book Fair, the UAE Board on Books for Young People (UAEBBY), Knowledge without Borders, and the Emirates Publishers Association.

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General Automotive Company launches Omani Apprenticeship Training Programme

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General Automotive Company launches Omani Apprenticeship Training Programme

4357General Automotive Company, the official distributors of Mitsubishi in Oman, places staff learning and development initiatives at the core of its human resources programme, a policy which is in line with the national objective of offering more employment opportunities for young Omanis, and to make a meaningful contribution towards the overall economic growth of the Country.

In line with this policy, General Automotive Company has announced the graduation of nine young mechanics from their new Omani Apprenticeship Training Programme.

Commenting on the Omani Apprenticeship Training Programme, Mark Tomlinson, General Manager of General Automotive Company said, “We are committed to provide the best possible training facilities for the students and through this officially certified course from Mitsubishi and through this training programme we wish to add to the availability of skilled manpower in the Omani automobile repair industry.”

As part of the Omani Apprenticeship Training Programme, nine young Omani graduates from the Vocational Training Center Seeb were chosen to attend the new Omani Apprenticeship Training Programme. The attendees were split into two batches, the first of which consisted of five trainees who attended a four month course which began on December 1, 2012.

The second batch consisted of four more trainees who underwent a 2-month course which began on May 15, 2013. Both batches trained at the MFTBC/MMC Technical Training Center, Fuso Service Workshop and at the Azaibah showroom where the attendees were given lectures, theory sessions and technical training presentations. These sessions were conducted by Alfredo M. Santos Jr., an officially certified MFTBC/MMC Technical Trainer based at GAC.

Over the course of the training, the attendees underwent a 2.5hr session in a classroom everyday, which is equivalent to the official Mitsubishi’s Service Technician Education Programme (M-STEP 1). The classroom session were followed by 6 hours practical experience in workshop training. The workshop practice included Basic Vehicle Servicing, Chassis Works such as Brakes, Clutches, alignment and other minor Repairs, Electrical works and Diagnostic tool usage.

The designated trainers were then provided a checklist, which included the name of the trainee, the job done and details of the vehicle. These were evaluated on a daily basis to ensure that the trainees obtained first-hand experience in every possible field and to ensure that they made the most of their allocated time in the workshop.

Upon conclusion of the training period, the daily checklists were carefully evaluated and the trainees had to answer a specially prepared exam. The passing trainees each received a certificate, earning them recognition as a Certified Mitsubishi Technician.

“I would like to congratulate all the students on successfully completing the course,” added Mark. “This programme is just the first of many that we have planned. Through these courses we expect to see a significant rise in skilled automotive technicians in Oman, which will eventually benefit the industry on the whole,” further added.

All nine trainees have since been employed full time by General Automotive Company and preparations are already being made in conjunction with the Seeb Vocational Training Centre to begin the selection process for the next batch of trainees.

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