“Not so long ago, the most exciting thing about emerging markets was their cheap labour. Local firms supplied manufactured goods and then services to developed markets and multinationals. That remains an attraction, but a declining one as wages in emerging markets and transport costs go up. No one expects Walmart, the world’s largest retailer, to rethink its famously efficient supply chain, which brings billions of dollars worth of Chinese goods to the developed world. But these days multinational are looking for the skills that workers from emerging markets can bring to a job as much as for lower labour costs.”
Globalization Special Report, The Economist, September 20, 2008
Tapping this local need for training and education is the paramount opportunity for US-based associations who possess respected and globally recognized certification, accreditation, training and education products. The latest World Economic Forum futures scenarios for the GCC countries suggests that the growth in the level of sophistication of the local workforce is important to building a strong private sector not only in building talent but also in attracting business from around the world. This requires ensuring that the proper competencies in the form of professional certifications and training materials are available and promoted.
Where to base a Middle East operation to create a sustainable regional business model? Consider the UAE.
The most moderate of all Arab countries, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has entered a new era of economic liberalization and modernization that will transform it over the next decade into one of the world’s leading centers of excellence in tourism, culture, infrastructure development and across a wide spectrum of business and social activity.
The jewels of the UAE are Dubai and Abu Dhabi, and they are the second and final leg of the upcoming ASAE & The Center Study Mission April 19-30, 2009.
Dubai has become a prime investment banking center having taken advantage of its location to become the biggest re-exporting center in the Middle East, accounting for about 85 percent of the Emirates re-export trade. Tactics to attract investment have included liberal government policies, highly developed infrastructure, and low operational costs. Ninety-five percent of Dubai’s GDP is from non-oil sectors such as business service sector contributing 74% alone.
Abu Dhabi is a major global economic powerhouse and one of the world’s top oil producers. Its per capita GDP is the highest in the world. The emirate has entered a new era of economic liberalization and modernization that will transform it over the next decade into one of the world’s leading centers of excellence in tourism, culture, infrastructure development and across a wide spectrum of business and social activity.
Abu Dhabi is investing in the latest urban planning as well as impressive strategic plans that include attracting key players, thought leaders to build a presence in Abu Dhabi as a showcase to the world. The government is spending billions of USD to deliver their 2030 Vision and major groups are locating facilities across a host of key industries. As an example they hope to become a thought leader and city showcase for the latest in renewable energy systems and sustainable design.
Study Mission participants will arrive in Dubai on April 25th, 2009. Here are some of the highlights of the program.
Saturday 25 April
- Free morning and travel day to Dubai for those continuing from our first leg of the Tour from Singapore.
- Check-in at the Fairmont Dubai, who will also host our Welcome to Dubai Dinner.
For those participating in the Dubai/Abu Dhabi-only part of this program, an introduction session will be held before dinner.
Sunday 26 April
- In the morning, we will learn more about Dubai, the United Arab Emirates and its regional role in the Gulf Cooperation Council and the greater Middle East. We will discuss economics, political systems, culture, tourism, and history.
- Following lunch at the revolving Al Dawaar restaurant, we will tour of Modern Dubai (seeing some of the amazing new buildings), stopping at Palm Island and finishing by visiting the national museums and old Arabian homes in the Old Town of Dubai. For your free evening, you can explore some of the unique restaurants in the Festival City area or enjoy the great shopping experience at Madinat Souk.
Monday 27 April
- We will visit some of the key ministries and learn about the government system in Dubai. The Healthcare track will be received by senior representatives of the Ministry of Health, the Dubai Health Authority and you will visit Rashid Hospital as well as the Dubai Hospital. For the non-healthcare participants you will meet with the Ministry of Finance & Industry and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. You will visit the Free Zone facilities and meet with the Dubai Airport Free Zone Authority.
- After lunch at the Grand Hyatt, , participants will visit some of the free economic zones that were especially developed to attract foreign investment to the city. The Healthcare group will visit Dubai Healthcare City, a state-of-the-art facility dedicated to healthcare education, research, and patient care.
- A private dinner will be arranged for our group along the romantic Dubai Creek.
Tuesday 28 April
- This day is dedicated to one-to-one sessions, giving you the opportunity to meet with your counterparts of Dubai-based associations. The Healthcare group will meet with representatives of the Emirates Medical Association and their various subspecialty sections. The non-healthcare group will meet with representatives of the Emirates Engineering Association and the Environment Friendly Association.
- The afternoon will be a mini-conference where you will meet with the Ministry of Social Affairs and discuss key issues facing associations and the opportunities and challenges of developing associations in the Middle East.
- In the evening, you will have one of the most unique events of your life with the Desert Safari & Experience-a truly romantic 1001 nights evening.
Wednesday 29 April
- Travel to Abu Dhabi by bus and visit the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Department of Planning and Economy to get an overview of how the emirate will become one of the world’s leading centers of excellent in tourism, culture and business.
- After lunch at the Intercontinental Hotel, you will visit a traditional souk and heritage village
- Check in at your hotel to experience the opulence and Arabian hospitality this region has to offer.
- Dinner at the 7-star property - Emirates Palace Hotel
Thursday 30 April
- In the morning we will visit the brand new Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, a hugely impressive landmark, which will be able to hold up to 10,000 worshippers and have a brief city tour and orientation of Abu Dhabi, the cultural capital of the Middle East.
- At the ADNEC (Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center) we will meet with local associations and government officials to learn about the programs Abu Dhabi is developing to attract associations to the region.
- In the later afternoon we will get ready for our flights home. Most flights leave in the evening and guests can fly out from Abu Dhabi International Airport or from Dubai International Airport (2 hour transfer will be provided).
- If your flight leaves in the morning, you can stay one extra night in your Abu Dhabi hotel (additional fee of USD 250) and we will provide a transfer to the airport in the morning of 1 May.
Study Mission Sponsors
The 2009 ASAE & The Center Study Mission is conducted in partnership with MCI and supported by:
- Fairmont Hotel Singapore, Fairmont Hotel Dubai, and Abu Dhabi.
- Singapore Tourism Board , Singapore Economic Development Board
- Dubai Tourism and Commerce Marketing, / Dubai Convention Bureau
- Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority
To register, please use the ASAE & The Center ‘09 Study Mission – Reservation Form here and return it to ASAE by mail or fax as follows:
ASAE & The Center for Association Leadership, Attn: Anne Blouin, CAE, Chief Learning Officer, 1575 Eye Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005 Fax 202.326.0986
Feel free to contact me with any questions.
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