Dubai Knowledge Village Hosts Panel Discussion on ‘Is Dubai Globally Competitive?’

Published March 29th, 2010 - 08:32 GMT

Academic excellence is one of the most important ingredients that sustains competitiveness among nations and this is the key reason why the UAE has retained education as a top priority on the Federal Government's agenda and strategy, according to Dr ِAbdalla Mohamed AlAmiri, Advisor to the Minister, UAE Ministry of Education, and General Secretary of the Emirates Energy Award.

AlAmiri’s comments came during a panel discussion titled ‘Is Dubai globally competitive?’, hosted by Dubai Knowledge Village, a member of TECOM Investments and the region’s premier destination for human resources management. Held as part of the DKV Breakfast Club, a regular networking event, the session was moderated by Naser El Tibi, Financial Analyst and Presenter, CNBC Arabia.

In addition to Dr AlAmiri, Gayane Afrikian, Director, Dubai Competitiveness Centre; Farah Foustok, CEO, ING Investment Management, and Peter Christie, Director of Reward Consulting, Hay Group, were among the speakers who took the podium at the event.

AlAmiri said: “Because of the political leadership's commitment to support the educational system, the UAE has made great strides in achieving excellence. This includes educational reforms such as high success at the UNESCO 2015 ‘Education for All’ initiative, through the creation of compulsory basic education and reducing illiteracy rates. The UAE has also succeeded in narrowing the gender gap while attracting a large number of graduates to higher education and the job market. Now, more than ever, the UAE is required to achieve quality education, as economic development goes hand in hand with higher academic standards and the creation of a knowledge-based economy.”

His Excellency Hani Al Hamli, Secretary-General of Dubai Economic Council (DEC), said the comprehensive assessment of Dubai’s competitiveness reveals that the emirate continues to lead the MENA region and in some cases its economic performance compares even with the most developed countries. 

Al Hamli also said that the current global economic crisis is stress-testing Dubai’s economic model and offers the emirate an opportunity to utilize its huge potential to move on to the next stage of development.

Al Hamli added: “Meantime, we have to distinguish between the short and medium-term to long-term implications of the global downturn. We believe the short-term difficulties which Dubai is currently facing are containable. We are confident the fundamentals of Dubai’s economy are strong enough to sustain its continuous prosperity in the medium to long-term. Dubai’s experience during the past decade indicates its resilience and strength in positioning itself on the global competitiveness map.”

Dr. Ayoub Kazim, Executive Director of Dubai Knowledge Village and Dubai International Academic City, said: “The Breakfast Club event provides an important platform for industry leaders and business community to come together and discuss some of the vital issues. The initiative is part of Dubai Knowledge Village’s commitment to developing the human capital of the UAE and the region by promoting dialogue and best practices.”

The periodically organised DKV Breakfast Club events focus on solving and discussing business-related issues in the context of global best practices to help companies run their operations more efficiently. The success of the DKV Breakfast Club can be judged by the participation of an increasing number of government officials and HR professionals.

Established in 2003, Dubai Knowledge Village is home to over 400 professional centres specialized in HR development, professional testing, as well as management training and consultancy services.

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