Smart Dubai Office hosts workshop for MBA students from the International Institute of Management Development (IMD)

UAE, August 30, 2016 – The Smart Dubai Office hosted 30 MBA students from the International Institute of Management Development (IMD), Switzerland for an interactive Smart Dubai workshop held at His Highness the Ruler’s Court yesterday. 

The one hour workshop included H.E Dr.Aisha Bin Bishr, Director General of the Smart Dubai Office sharing an overview of the office, its current initiatives and future plans. Wesam Lootah, CEO, Smart Dubai Government Establishment, also shared updates on the Smart Dubai Platform, the new digital backbone of Dubai, announced in partnership with du earlier this year. Lootah elaborated on how the Smart Dubai Platform will unite infrastructure, data, city services and applications for the first time, becoming the ‘central operating system’ for the city.

“Being an alumni myself, hosting current IMD students for this workshop was an incredibly fulfilling experience for me. The enthusiasm and curiosity exhibited by the students about what we are doing through Smart Dubai and the impact our work will have on the city of the future, was both gratifying and inspiring. I hope the students will learn from our approach, always putting people’s happiness first, and apply this in their own careers, wherever their paths may lead.” said Dr.Aisha Bin Bishr.
“Students, business leaders and entrepreneurs are vital to the success of our smart transformation. Engaging with the IMD students today was a perfect example of how these workshops can enhance the short and long-term impact of our work. The Smart Dubai Platform will be even better for the whole city, thanks to our discussion today. I look forward to many more such opportunities, to share our journey and engage in discussions with our community.” said Wesam Lootah.
Smart Dubai is a unique leading initiative not only in the region but certainly in the world. Dubai has designed an impressive unified strategy to stimulate and channel innovation and technology in service of its citizens. IMD MBA students from more than 30 nationalities visited the Smart Dubai Government Establishment to learn and to enjoy a dialog with H.E. Dr. Aisha Bin Bishr, Director General, Smart Dubai Office and her team. This will give our MBAs the chance to gain insights about how city-wide smart transformation impacts the quality of life of citizens and their happiness.” said Dr Hischam El-Agamy; IMD Business School.
About Smart Dubai
Smart Dubai is anchored in the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, to make Dubai the happiest city on earth.
Collaborating with private sector and government partners, Smart Dubai is the government office charged with facilitating Dubai’s citywide smart transformation, to empower, deliver and promote an efficient, seamless, safe and impactful city experience for residents and visitors.
Smart Dubai is committed to a collaborative and agile approach to Dubai’s smart city transformation, empowering strategic partnerships with the public and private sector and academia to design and implement services and elevate citywide through leadership, in line with its mission to make Dubai the happiest city on earth through technology innovation.
About Smart Dubai Government
Smart Dubai Government Establishment (also known as Smart Dubai Gov or SDG) is the technology arm of Smart Dubai, a city-wide initiative to transform Dubai into the world’s smartest and happiest city.  Coming under the umbrella of the Smart Dubai Office (SDO), our vision is aligned with SDO which is to ‘make Dubai the happiest city on Earth.’ SDG officially directs and supervises the implementation of electronic and smart transformation in Dubai Government.
Our mission is to ‘deliver world-class smart services and infrastructure to create happiness’. Our visionary leader HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai equates technology to a building block towards an extraordinary quality of life; so technology is not our end goal. Together with our partners in Smart Dubai, we are moving forward on our journey to create sustained citizen, resident and visitor happiness. 
As part of our mandate, SDG is entrusted with many tasks and powers including: proposing the general strategy of the smart government; overseeing smart transformation processes at the level of government entities; reviewing government entities’ plans and budgets related to smart transformation, IT, smart services and infrastructure; and proposing the legislation necessary for easing the smart transformation process. 
SDG has been pioneering smart city solutions from the year 2000, when it was launched under the name of Dubai eGovernment. HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, changed the name to Dubai Smart Government Department in June 2013 in line with his initiative to transform to an era of smart government. In November 2015, HH Sheikh Mohammed issued another law making us an establishment and a further rebranding in March 2016 resulted in our new brand identity and logo.
SDG is led by Wesam Al Abbas Lootah, CEO of SDG. The entire team of SDG is working towards fulfilling the vision of HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, in his capacity as Ruler of Dubai, to transform Dubai into the world’s smartest and happiest city. 
About IMD

IMD is a top-ranked business school recognized as the expert in developing global leaders through high-impact executive education. The school is 100% focused on real-world executive development, offers Swiss excellence with a global perspective, and has a flexible, customized and effective approach. IMD offers a Global Leader Index where executives can see where they stand as leaders. IMD has locations in Lausanne (Switzerland) and Singapore.

S P Jain is the Youngest Business School in The Economist Top 100 Rankings

Dubai, U.A.E, October 20, 2015: S P Jain School of Global Management, an eleven-year-old Business school, has been ranked in the Top 100 by the prestigious The Economist in the publication’s 2015 MBA rankings. S P Jain is the youngest and the only Business School from Dubai to feature in the much acclaimed list.


The Economist MBA rankings along with Financial Times (FT) and Forbes are considered as the  most prestigious MBA rankings in the world. S P Jain is proud to be featured on all three. The latest ranking places S P Jain in the company of Ivy League schools like Chicago Business School, Harvard, MIT, Sloan, Kellogg, Wharton and other great international schools. Yet, what makes S P Jain stand apart is that it is the youngest business school in the world to be in the company of giants.


Just six weeks earlier, the School’s One Year Global MBA was ranked by Forbes as the 10thBest International One Year MBA program in the world.


For the last 5 of the 11 years, the School has been ranked among the best Business schools in the world. FT ranked it in 2011 and 2012 in its Top 100 Global MBA list, followed by Forbes in 2013 and 2014 as Top 20 Best International MBA, and thereafter, in 2015 both Forbes and Economist have ranked the School in the top 10 and top 100 respectively. These are regarded as the most prestigious MBA rankings in the world.


Commenting on the latest rankings, Mr Nitish Jain, President of S P Jain School of Global Management, said: “When the School was first ranked internationally around five years ago, it came as a surprise to many, since the School was not well-known then. Five years of consistent rankings have placed the School among the best business schools in the world and has enabled the School to attract high quality students from around the world. We have reimagined business education and this is what produces graduates that are much sought after by global companies. The rankings vindicate that the new model really works.”


About S P Jain School of Global Management:
S P Jain is one of the Worlds’ top-ranked global business schools with international campuses in Dubai, Mumbai, Singapore and Sydney. In the competitive world of business education, S P Jain has carved a niche for itself as a young, modern and innovative business school offering world- class undergraduate, postgraduate and executive education programs based on a unique learning philosophy called Business Education 2.0. All of these programs have a specific business focus and are taught by international faculty from top universities like Harvard, Oxford, Cambridge and Duke.


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Abu Dhabi School of Management Graduates First Cohort of MBA Students

76 alumni ready to practice ADSM brand of entrepreneurial excellence
UAE, May 17, 2015 – The Abu Dhabi School of Management (ADSM), a subsidiary of the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Industry, an educational institution dedicated to developing the UAE’s future entrepreneurial leaders, welcomed its first cohort of MBA students during a meaningful graduation ceremony held recently at the National Archives Auditorium in Abu Dhabi.

Present during the Ceremony were H.E. Mohamed Helal Al Muhairi, Director General of the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Professor Abdullah Abonamah, President of ADSM, and Professor G. ‘Anand’ Anandalingam, Dean of Imperial College Business School who all delivered inspirational speeches to the assembly. A total of 76students graduated under the program.


H.E. Mohamed Helal Al Muhairi said: “The MBA program is a vital link in ADSM’s mission of grooming entrepreneurial managers who can lead their respective organizations to growth while encouraging more entrepreneurial ventures in the UAE”. Professor Abonamah remarked: “We take pride in our first cohort of MBA graduates who have proven that they have the necessary skills and competencies to become future corporate leaders and productive members of society. We congratulate our faculty and staff for their efforts and for providing a great learning environment for our students. We wish our graduates the very best as they meet the challenges of today’s competitive business world head-on, armed with the unique skills that ADSM has provided them.”
ADSM’s MBA program combines a holistic integration of traditional business disciplines with the school’s unique approach to teaching the entrepreneurial thought process. It comprises a Pre-MBA Program, a Common Body of Knowledge, Signature Learning Experiences, Summer Assignments, Study Abroad Programs and Elective Courses. Graduates are exceptionally equipped to succeed across the entire spectrum of global organizations requiring leaders that focus on the creation of opportunities in a variety of contexts and who possess the entrepreneurial savvy to drive results and optimize businesses.
About ADSM


The Abu Dhabi School of Management (ADSM), a subsidiary of the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Industry was established in 2013 to provide world-class undergraduate and graduate management education within a complete entrepreneurial ecosystem. It is fully accredited by the UAE Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research. The school directly supports three pillars for the development of a secure society and a dynamic, open economy under the Abu Dhabi Policy Agenda: ‘Premium Education,’ ‘The Creation of a Sustainable Knowledge-Based Economy,’ and ‘A Large Empowered Private Sector.’ For more information on ADSM and its academic programs and services please visit 

Salford University First to Launch 5-Day Mini-MBA in Abu Dhabi

]UAE, November 19, 2014[The University of Salford is launching its Mini-MBA course in Abu Dhabi and is the first university to offer such a programme in the Emirates.


Now, business men and women from across Abu Dhabi will, for the first time, be able to receive MBA-level teaching from UK university academics and practitioners in an intensive five-day programme of learning. The first mini-MBA sessions from the University will be delivered between April 19 and 23 2015.


The University’s Mini-MBA was developed by Salford Business School and is delivered by the same academics who teach on the Business School’s MBA programme in the UK. It offers a blend of academic and practical teaching that has been designed specifically to provide the key skills, content and concepts that are expected from a full MBA.  


Salford Professional Development Chief Operating Officer (COO), Stuart Wells, said: “The Mini-MBA is the perfect option for business executives who are seeking to improve their knowledge across to MBA but who are limited by and budgets and time constraints.


But the condensed nature of the course doesn’t reduce the quality of content or teaching. It offers delegates an extremely challenging experience that will equip them with the business skills and knowledge they need to succeed in business in 2015 and beyond.”


As well as the mini-MBA, the University is also team+ing up with two high-profile industry partners to deliver a unique collaborative approach to CPD in Abu Dhabi.
The University will be offering a Crisis PR and Media Training course that is being delivered in association with Bauer Academy. Bauer Academy is part of Bauer Media Group which is one of the world’s largest media organisations.


And one of the UK’s leading management and leadership training organisations, The Pacific Institute, is also delivering several courses in partnership with the University. These include executive and inspiring leadership programmes in sectors such as healthcare and education.


Mr Wells added: “This is a unique partnership approach that offers a flexible model to learning from some names in industry. It offers not only the best teaching from University of Salford’s own academics, but from personnel and practitioners from our leading, award-winning industry partners who have a proven track record of professional development in the UK.”


Altogether the University will be delivering 15 CPD courses across some of the university’s key areas of expertise, including gas and petroleum, health and social care, media and digital business and leadership.



Cass Business School Graduation Ceremony in April 2012 in Dubai International Financial Centre (video)

The third cohort of students graduated from the world-leading Cass Business School Executive MBA programme delivered in Dubai in a ceremony held at DIFC in April 2012 under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid bin Al Maktoum, and attended by H.H Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman Dubai Airport, President, Dubai Department of Civil Aviation and Chairman and CEO, Emirates, HE Abdulla Saleh, Governor of DIFC, Mr Paul Koster, Prof. Paul Curran, Dr Nasser Saidi, Mr Richard Gillingwater CBE, Mr Ehsan Razavizadeh, Prof. Roy 

Batchelor and Mr Roy Leighton.