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Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, Chairman of Dubai World, said the greatest challenge facing the company, along with companies worldwide, was human resources.
“The demand is very high for capable people,” Sulayem said. “We hope to have 100 executives every year to graduate for Dubai World.”
Dubai World developed the leaders programme with the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and the first 71 executives were honoured in a graduation ceremony yesterday.
“What these graduates have gone through and experienced in the DLP will shape them up perfectly to assume positions from where they will be able to envision bigger, brighter and more dynamic future for Dubai World and Dubai,” he said. “Many companies that failed in the past, lost the passion for the company. This will not happen with us.”
The programme included a visit to Singapore, Hong Kong and China to provide the executives with field experience and opportunity for interaction with top business leaders and decision makers. A case study written for the programme helps participants learn from the success of the cities and apply them to the challenges Dubai faces.
The Minister of Cabinet Affairs Mohammed Abdullah Al Gergawi along with corporate leaders and other senior government officials attended the ceremony and applauded the achievement of the graduates who are senior executives from Dubai World and one participant from Tamkeen, the Knowledge Village-based centre for the visually impaired.
Tamkeen Training Manager Awatif Al Awadi was honoured with the award for Corporate Social Responsibility.
Valedictorian and director of Furjan and Jebel Ali Village, Mohammed Rashid said the programme would help the executives meet new challenges. “The new world has changed. There is a lot of challenges,” he said. “This programme has given us a chance to develop not only as an individual but within the company.”
The next batch of executives will leave for Philadelphia in July to start the programme.
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