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  • 1. Dubai Knowledge Village Developing Higher education and Human Resource Management Sector in the Region Global HR Forum 4-6/11/ 2008 Ibrahim M. Jamel
  • 2. Dubai Travel hub Population •2007, 35 million •2007: 1.6 Million New York London Tokyo passengers passed through Inhabitants Frankfurt Singapore Dubai Airport •10 growth rate a Year Hong Kong •18.52% growth from 2004 •Spent AED 74.7 Billion • City Life Dynamic Economy •Cosmopolitan •World-class hotels • 2007: GDP of $198 billion Dollars. •Leisure facilities • GDP Growth rate: 16% (one of the highest in the world 2007) Diversity 4 hours 4 hours Dubai •93% of Dubai is The West Asia Pacific & Business hub expatriate Regio •120 languages n •200 of the Fortune 500 Oil sector contribution to companies present Dubai GDP is only 3% of total GDP in 2007, from 17.5% in 1995.
  • 3. The Region The Middle East, North Africa and Indian subcontinent •This area covers 2 billion people New York London Tokyo Frankfurt Singapore • Combined GDP of 2 trillion Hong Kong •GDP Growth Rate* *World bank statistics 1990-2007 Global 2.7% Middle East 3.2% UAE 7% •One of the world’s highest GDP per capita. UAE: $55,000 in 2007 UAE & DUBAI The West Region Asia Pacific Nominal GDP growth: 13% GDP in 2005: $ 37.5 billion 7 hour time difference
  • 4. The Knowledge Village - Concept Evaluation - A multi-country study by ACNielsen
  • 5. …Research throughout 16 countries Country Qualitative Quantitative China Egypt India Iran Jordan Kuwait Lebanon Morocco Oman Pakistan Russia Saudi Arabia South Africa Sri Lanka Turkey United Arab Emirates
  • 6. Parents Aware of Dubai as an educational destination 100 96 94 90 87 82 82 80 76 68 69 70 65 60 61 60 57 55 49 49 50 40 41 40 32 32 31 31 26 28 30 25 22 19 18 20 16 12 9 10 4 6 0 Total UAE KSA KUW OMN JOR LEB EGY MOR IRN TUR RUS CHN IND PAK SRL Yes No Base : All Respondents (1352)
  • 7. To summarize Is there a `felt need’ for better •YES this is universally true across all education? countries. Are student going abroad ? •Yes – there are significant numbers from the 16 countries where we have researched •Western World (USA, UK, Australia, Canada Where are they going & France). Substantiated by both UNESCO statistics of student movements as well as primary research •Better Education & Why are they going •Future job Prospects (Only among developing countries – does not apply for KSA, Kuwait & UAE)
  • 8. •Mix of Public & Private education •Dissatisfaction with public system. Even private system not `up to’ the mark Market •West the benchmark for good education – and has a pay back (in terms of job opportunities – other than KSA, UAE & Kuwait) •Word of mouth – peers, relatives – critical •Past record – place, institute. Education Abroad •Better education, better jobs, opportunities •Lack of safety / security, accommodation, cultural acceptability, finance
  • 9. •Not known as an education destination How is Dubai Perceived ? •Perceptions not very strong – fun, hotels, tourists, Islamic, Arab •Very strong concept – good on paper – but need to establish the credentials How is Knowledge Village Perceived ? •Seems to be the ultimate solution … but is this possible •Currently done seem to be synergizing – but convergence does seem a possibility Do Dubai & Knowledge Synergize ? •Communication / Perception management the Key. •The big question – How do we build on the `word of mouth’ – first hand experiences
  • 10. Dubai Knowledge Village Ø Launched in 2003, to place Dubai on the map as the international destination for learning and HR management in the Region. Ø Thriving knowledge community was founded as part of a long-term economic strategy. Ø Its 1 million sqft campus provides a ready environment for a variety of knowledge-based entities.
  • 11. Dubai Knowledge Village-2007 Academic Institutes 20 international universities from 12 countries, including: Canada, Ireland, UK, Belgium, Iran, Pakistan, India, Russia, France Australia, USA…. Support Learning HRM Institutes Services 300 HRM organizations Resource providers include including: HRT&D centers e-Learning providers, vocational & technical Academic service providers training centers, IT, media and R&D organizations and HRM consultancy
  • 12. Dubai Knowledge Village Community The Repositioning and current Partners 400 HRM institutes Support Learning Services Resource providers include HRT&D centers HR & MGT Consultancies e-Learning support providers, Assessment and testing centers, Vocational and technical Linguistics Centers content development centers
  • 13. The Value Proposition • FREE ZONE SET-UP SET-UP BENEFITS BENEFITS • ONE-STOP SHOP •100% foreign ownership • Hassle-free Company registration • No Corporate Tax • Hassle-free company laws and • No Income tax legal framework • No Custom OPERATIONAL Duty OPERATIONAL • Flexible labour laws for recruiting BENEFITS •No restrictionsBENEFITS on capital, • INFRASTRUCTURE during part-time projects trade barriers or quotas • 24-hour visa service • Quick access to Knowledge Workers due to • ICT and Media CLUSTERS fast-track immigration process
  • 14. Support and Networking Practices • Welcome and Anniversary lunch • SME • Breakfast Club • DKV Training Open Week • HR FORUM
  • 15. The Dubai Technology and Media Free Zone TECOM Overall contribution Over 2500 companies Over 26,000 Knowledge workers Over 12,000 international students ICT Media Education Biotechnology
  • 16. Dubai Holding Currently holds 19 companies working in 13 industries: Ø Health Ø Tourism Ø Technology Ø Energy Ø Finance Ø Communication Ø Real estate Ø Industry Ø Research Ø Biotechnology Ø Education Ø Hospitality Ø Humanitarianism
  • 17. Thank you