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  1. 1. my UAE Focus By Imran Owais Kazmi Chief Thinking Officer, Synergize Group and Cell +97150 5845962 and UK +44 750 9184690
  2. 2. DISCLAIMER This presentation is the result of my love for the United Arab Emirates, my home for the last six year. Whilst I do not know about my future in this region, I do know that this area has immense potential. Hence this presentation is a collection of ideas, mine, on how to develop this amazing place even further. Some data has been used from other sources which have been identified, where used. Pictures, except my own, are the property of their respective , copyright owners, I have only searched them from the internet and added for illustration purposes only i.e. just to make the presentation appear more visually appealing. I have no overt or covert desire to further any personal goal or objective through this presentation, it is a small effort at understanding a great people and a great nation and suggestions as a healthy “payback” for the good time I spent here. (signed) Imran Owais Kazmi, Dubai, UAE
  3. 3. WHO IS IMRAN OWAIS KAZMI? A management consultant and Background trainer par excellence An MBA and 16 years multinationals Parents work experience in Tobacco, Son of S M Owais, an Indian who Pharmaceuticals, Telecom, Oil & Gas migrated to Pakistan in 1960s, and consulting / training worked under the British and made Major achievement Commissioner of Karachi (like Mayor), retired early, translated the Stopped smuggling of mobile phones Quran in English and Urdu in Pakistan, helped the Government Son of Dr Atiya Khalil Arab Al of Pakistan make USD 1 billion and Ansari, Sanad e Hadith, PhD in was recognized for the effort. Arabic Literature, my grandfather Allama Khalil Arab was tutor to Speaker on Indian Prince and Princesses in MECOM 2009 Speaker Bhopal in 1940s and tutor/friend of Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin Baaz. My Management thinker and consultant mother also translated a poetry book and of His Highness Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum World change and peace activist Anti recession and Global Investment Fund organizer and Rich in humor, ideas and creativity!
  4. 4. MY UAE: FOCUS OBJECTIVE Make UAE the BEST place on earth to: This is MY DREAM, if UAE was MY COUNTRY, Do business it is NOT a PERFECT presentation, it has Visit gaps, mistakes, loopholes, missing Live things, WORK WITH ME, I want to put my time Study free of cost into it, like a national, to help this Create TRANSFORM UAE and DUBAI to my dream… Get well Each of these slides can An investors market be expanded to unique in-depth presentations But to me it is the seed, the germ, the sprout of creativity that leads to great nations and world change. Presentation download link: www.globalinvestor ce.ppt
  5. 5. AGENDA As simple as 1-2-3-4! 1 What is the UAE? 2 Physical and Mental Growth Phases 3 Comparison with East & West 4 Challenges, Opportunities and Solutions People related Business Investors Market Healthcare/Swine Flu Action Plan
  6. 6. PART I What is the UAE?
  7. 7. WHAT IS THE UAE A Muslim country The UAE's per capita GDP in the Gulf characterized by is on par with those of moderation, growth and leading West European economic development nations. The Trucial States of the Its generosity Persian Gulf coast with oil revenues and its granted the UK control of moderate foreign policy their defense and foreign stance have allowed the UAE affairs in 19th century to play a vital role in the treaties. affairs of the region. In 1971 Geography: Six of these states - Abu Strategic location along Zaby, 'Ajman, Al Fujayrah, southern approaches to Ash Shariqah, Dubayy, and Strait of Hormuz, a vital Umm al Qaywayn - merged transit point for world crude to form the United Arab oil Emirates (UAE). They were joined in 1972 by Ra's al Khaymah. Source: CIA Factbook
  8. 8. UAE – LOCATION AND CLIMATE Location contiguous zone: 24 00 N, 54 00 E 24 nm Area: exclusive economic zone: Total: 83,600 sq km 200 nm land: 83,600 sq km continental shelf: water: 0 sq km 200 nm or to the edge of the Land boundaries: continental margin total: 867 km Climate: border countries: Oman 410 desert; cooler in eastern km, Saudi Arabia 457 km mountains Coastline: Terrain: 1,318 km flat, barren coastal plain Maritime claims: merging into rolling sand dunes of vast desert territorial sea: 12 nm wasteland; mountains in east Elevation extremes: Lowest point: Persian Gulf 0m Source: CIA Factbook
  9. 9. UAE – LOCATION AND CLIMATE highest point: Natural hazards: Jabal Yibir 1,527 m frequent sand and dust storms Natural resources: Environment - current issues: petroleum, natural gas lack of natural freshwater resources compensated by Land use: desalination plants; arable land: 0.77% desertification; beach pollution permanent crops: 2.27% from oil spills other: 96.96% (2005) Environment - international Irrigated land: 760 sq km (2003) agreements: Total renewable water resources: party to: Biodiversity, Climate 0.2 cu km (1997) Change, Climate Change-Kyoto Protocol, Desertification, Freshwater withdrawal Endangered Species, Hazardous (domestic/ industrial/ Wastes, Marine Dumping, Ozone agricultural): Layer Protection total: 2.3 cu km/yr (23%/9%/68%) signed, but not ratified: per capita: 511 cu m/yr (2000) Law of the Sea Source: CIA Factbook
  10. 10. UAE – POPULATION Population: Birth rate: 4,798,491 16.06 births/1,000 population (2008 note: estimate is based on the est.) results of the 2005 census that included a significantly higher Death rate: estimate of net inmigration of non- 2.13 deaths/1,000 population (2008 citizens than previous estimates est.) (July 2009 est.) Age structure: Net migration rate: 0-14 years: 20.4% (male 22.98 migrant(s)/1,000 population 500,928/female 478,388) (2009 est.) 15-64 years: 78.7% (male Urbanization: 2,768,030/female 1,008,404) urban population: 78% of total 65 years and over: 0.9% (male population (2008) 27,601/female 15,140) rate of urbanization: 2.9% annual note: 73.9% of the population in the rate of change (2005-2010) 15-64 age group is non-national (2009 est.) Sex ratio: Median age: at birth: 1.05 male(s)/female total: 30.1 years under 15 years: 1.05 male(s)/female male: 32 years 15-64 years: 2.74 male(s)/female female: 24.7 years 65 years and over: 1.82 Population growth rate: male(s)/female 3.689% (2009 est.) total population: 2.19 male(s)/female (2009 est.) Source: CIA Factbook
  11. 11. UAE – POPULATION MIX AND LITERACY Nationality: Languages: noun: Emirati(s) Arabic (official), Persian, adjective: Emirati English, Hindi, Urdu Ethnic groups: Literacy: Emirati 19% definition: age 15 and over other Arab/Iranian 23% can read and write South Asian 50% total population: 77.9% male: 76.1% other expatriates female: 81.7% (2003 est.) (includes Westerners and School life expectancy East Asians) 8% (primary to tertiary Religions: education): Muslim 96% (Shia 16%), total: 11 years other (includes Christian, male: 11 years Hindu) 4% female: 12 years (2003) Education expenditures: 1.3% of GDP (2005) Source: CIA Factbook
  12. 12. UAE: GOVERNMENT I UAE Government Since 1971, the ruler of Abu federation with specified powers Dhabi, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan delegated to the UAE federal al-Nahayan, has been president. government and other powers reserved to member emirates He was re-elected to his fourth consecutive term in late 1991 by There are no elections or legal his colleagues on the Supreme political parties in the UAE. Council of Rulers -- the highest Power rests with the seven body in the country -- which hereditary sheikhs -- also known usually meets informally. as emirs Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al And hence the area ruled by an Nahyan assumed charge as the emir is known as an emirate -- President of UAE after the death who control the seven traditional of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan al- sheikhdoms Nahayan in 2004. Abu Dhabi , Dubai , Sharjah , Ajman, Umm al-Qaiwain, Ras The Vice President and Prime al-Khaimah and Fujairah each Minister is the ruler of Dubai, emirate is named after its Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashid principal town, and choose a al Maktoum. president from among themselves. Source: CIA Factbook
  13. 13. UAE: GOVERNMENT II There is also a Cabinet, and The parliament is known as its posts are distributed the Federal National Council among the seven emirates. (FNC). (The members of the Cabinet It was established on 13th are the government February 1972 and is ministers, such as Minister considered a landmark in the of the Interior, etc.) country's constitutional and The Supreme Commander of legislative process. the Armed Forces is the President The FNC advises the Cabinet and the Supreme Council but cannot overrule them. According to the constitution, the FNC consists of 40 members who are drawn proportionately from each of the seven emirates. Each ruler appoints the members for his emirate. Source: CIA Factbook
  14. 14. UAE: ECONOMY The UAE has an open The government has economy with a high per increased spending on job capita income and a sizable creation and infrastructure annual trade surplus. expansion and is opening up Successful efforts at economic utilities to greater private diversification have reduced sector involvement. the portion of GDP based on Dependence on oil and a large oil and gas output to 25%. expatriate workforce are Since the discovery of oil in significant long-term the UAE more than 30 years challenges. ago, the UAE has undergone The UAE's strategic plan for a profound transformation the next few years focuses on from an impoverished region diversification and creating of small desert principalities more opportunities for to a modern state with a high nationals through improved standard of living. education and increased private sector employment. Source: CIA Factbook
  15. 15. UAE: OIL AND GAS USE & RESERVES Oil - production: Natural gas - production: 2.948 million bbl/day 48.79 billion cu m (2006 (2007 est.) est.) Oil - consumption: Natural gas - consumption: 381,000 bbl/day (2006 43.11 billion cu m (2006 est.) est.) Oil - exports: Natural gas - exports: 2.703 million bbl/day 6.848 billion cu m (2005 (2005 est.) est.) Oil - imports: Natural gas - imports: 232,300 bbl/day (2005) 1.343 billion cu m (2005) Oil - proved reserves: Natural gas - proved 97.8 billion bbl (1 January reserves: 2008 est.) 6.071 trillion cu m (1 January 2008 est.) Source: CIA Factbook
  16. 16. UAE: COMMUNICATION Telephones - main lines Television broadcast in use: stations: 1.385 million (2007) 15 (2004) Telephones - mobile Televisions: cellular: 310,000 (1997) 7.595 million (2007) Internet country code: Radio broadcast .ae stations: Internet hosts: AM 13, FM 8, shortwave 381,915 (2008) 2 (2004) Internet Service Radios: Providers (ISPs): 820,000 (1997) 1 (2000) Internet users: 2.3 million (2007) Source: CIA Factbook
  17. 17. UAE: TRANSPORTATION Airports: Merchant marine: 39 (2008) total: 58 by type: bulk carrier 6, cargo 9, chemical Airports - with paved runways: tanker 4, container 8, liquefied gas 1, total: 22 passenger/cargo 1, petroleum tanker 24, over 3,047 m: 10 roll on/roll off 4, specialized tanker 1 2,438 to 3,047 m: 3 foreign-owned: 14 (Denmark 1, Greece 3, 1,524 to 2,437 m: 3 Kuwait 10) 914 to 1,523 m: 4 registered in other countries: 313 under 914 m: 2 (2008) (Bahamas 23, Bahrain 1, Belize 5, Airports - with unpaved runways: Cambodia 2, Comoros 7, Cyprus 9, Dominica 1, Georgia 1, Gibraltar 3, total 17 over 3,047 m 2 2,438 to 3,047 m Hong Kong 1, India 6, Indonesia 2, Iran 1 1,524 to 2,437 m 4 914 to 1,523 m 5 1, Jordan 13, North Korea 8, Liberia 23, under 914 m 5 (2008) Malta 5, Marshall Islands 15, Mexico 1, Heliports: Netherlands 5, Panama 109, Papua New Guinea 6, Philippines 1, Saint Kitts and 5 (2007) Nevis 18, Saint Vincent and the Pipelines: Grenadines 9, Saudi Arabia 1, Sierra Leone 8, Singapore 12, Somalia 1, condensate 458 km; gas 2,129 km; liquid Turkey 1, UK 9, unknown 6) (2008) petroleum gas 220 km; oil 1,310 km; refined products 212 km; water 90 km Ports and terminals: (2008) Mina' Zayid (Abu Dhabi), Al Fujayrah, Roadways: Mina' Jabal 'Ali (Dubai), Mina' Rashid (Dubai), Mina' Saqr (Ra's al Khaymah), total: 4,080 km Khawr Fakkan (Sharjah) paved: 4,080 km (includes 253 km of expressways) (2008) Source: CIA Factbook
  18. 18. UAE: MILITARY Military branches: Manpower available for United Arab Emirates military service: Armed Forces: males age 16-49: 2,405,884 Army (includes non-nationals) Navy (includes Marines) females age 16-49: 884,853 Air Force and Air Defense (2008 est.) National Coast Guard (2008) Manpower fit for military Military service age and service: obligation: males age 16-49: 2,081,491 18 years of age (est.) for females age 16-49: 788,632 voluntary military service; 18 (2009 est.) years of age for officers and women; no conscription Manpower reaching militarily (2008) significant age annually: male: 26,659 female: 23,793 (2009 est.) Military expenditures: 3.1% of GDP (2005 est.) Source: CIA Factbook
  19. 19. PART II Physical and Mental Growth Phases
  20. 20. EMIRATIS FROM PEARL HUNTERS TO WORLD RULERS! The United Arab Emirates is perhaps the single most noticeable story of growth in the last 30 years. However, to me, it has gone through the following phases: Pre 20th century phase 20th century Today Next we will discuss the mindset or think thinking change during this time.
  21. 21. PRE 20TH CENTURY Not long ago, the UAE was a land of Bedouin, which means desert- desert inhabited by proud and dweller, lived in varied terrain – resourceful nomadic Bedouin tribes, moving between the ocean (where fishing villages and date farms. Abu pearl diving and fishing were the Dhabi consisted of several hundred main forms of sustenance), the palm huts (barasti) huts, a few coral desert (moving as nomads for buildings and the Ruler’s Fort. grazing areas for the camels and Situated along the creek, Dubai was herds) and the oasis (where water a trading hub, providing a safe haven sources and irrigation allowed for before the Straits of Hormuz and farming of dates and vegetables). beyond. Life today in the Emirates One can still see the luxuriant date bears little resemblance to that of 40 farms in Al Ain and irrigated years ago. terraced gardens in the mountain Parts of the UAE were settled as far wadis (valleys). back as the 3rd millennium BC and The Bedouin were known for their its early history fits the nomadic, resourcefulness and independence in herding and fishing pattern typical of the face of a harsh environment. the broader region. The Bedouin Their code of hospitality continues tribe was the principal building block today among the modern Emirati of UAE society. population, who show great respect and honor to guests. • Source:
  22. 22. PRE 20TH CENTURY The Portuguese arrived in 1498 The area became known as the when Vasco de Gamma Trucial Coast until the creation of circumnaviged the Cape of Godo the UAE in 1971. Hope. Portugese forts and the forts Throughout this period, the main of their local supporters are evident power among the Bedouin tribes of in and around the various Emirates the interior was the Bani Yas tribal and nearby Oman. The British then confederation, made up of the followed, asserting their naval power ancestors of the ruling families of to safeguard trade links to India. modern Abu Dhabi (Al Nahyan) and The British came into conflict with Dubai (Al Maktoum). the Qawasim tribal group, a Descendents of these families rule seafaring clan whose influence Abu Dhabi and Dubai to this day. extended to the Persian side of the Gulf. As a result, the area acquired During the colonial era, the British the name “Pirate Coast”. were primarily concerned with protecting their links to India and In the 1820’s, the British fleet the keeping any European competitors Qawasim navy, imposed a General out of the area. Treaty of Peace on the nine Arab sheikhdoms, and established a garrison in the region. • Source:
  23. 23. 20TH CENTURY At the new century unfolded, Abu Dhabi But Sheikh Shakbut, uncertain whether was one of the poorest emirates, while the new oil royalties would last, took a Sharjah was the most populated and cautious approach, preferring to save the powerful. revenue rather than investing it in The region remained a quiet backwater of development. fishing villages, pearling, camel herding His brother, Zayed bin Sultan Al and farming in the oasis. Nahayan, saw that oil wealth had the In the 1930’s the pearl industry was potential to transform Abu Dhabi. devastated by the Japanese invention of The ruling Al Nahayan family decided the cultured pearl, creating significant hardship for the local population with that Sheikh Zayed should replace his the loss of their largest export and main brother as Ruler and carry out his vision source of earnings. of developing the country. However, all that changed with the Exports from Abu Dhabi began in 1962, discovery of oil. turning the poorest of the emirates into The first oil concessions were granted in the richest. 1939 by Sheikh Shakhbut Bin-Sultan Al Nahyan, but oil was not found for another Dubai concentrated on building its 14 years. At first, oil money had a marginal reputation as the region's busiest trading impact. post. Then, in the mid 1960’s, Dubai In Abu Dhabi, a few low-rise concrete found oil of its own. On August 6, 1966, buildings were erected, and the first paved with the assistance of the British, Sheikh road was completed in 1961. Zayed became the new ruler. (Reading Resource: Al-Fahim, M, From Rags to Riches: A Story of Abu Dhabi, Chapter Six (London Centre of Arab Studies, 1995), ISBN 1 900404 00 1) • Source:
  24. 24. 20TH CENTURY In 1968 Britain announced its In July 1971, six of the Trucial intention to leave the Gulf in States (Abu Dhabi, Dubai, 1971. Sharjah, Umm al-Qaiwain, The original plan was to form a Ajman and Fujairah) agreed on a single state consisting of federal Constitution for Bahrain, Qatar and the Trucial achieving independence as the Coast states. United Arab Emirates. The UAE became independent on 2 However, differing interests December 1971. made it unsuccessful. The remaining sheikhdom, Ras Negotiations eventually led to Al Khaimah, joined the United the independence of Bahrain and Arab Emirates in February Qatar and the formation of a 1972. Sheikh Zayed of Abu new federation - the United Arab Dhabi (the namesake of the Emirates. University and driving force for the creation of the UAE) took office as the first President of the United Arab Emirates. • Source:
  25. 25. TODAY Today, the UAE is a major While the Abu Dhabi international tourist and reserves are expected to business center as well as one last another 100 years, at of the most modern, stable present rates of and safe countries in the production Dubai's world. reserves will last only It has one of the highest per another ten years. capita incomes in the world Fortunately, the UAE is no at nearly $25,000 USD. longer solely reliant on oil The UAE has approximately and gas revenues. 10% of the world's total Today, the oil sector known oil reserves, 90% in contributes 30% of the Abu Dhabi and about 10% in country's GDP. Dubai. Thanks to the foresight of the UAE leaders, trade, tourism, real estate and construction are large contributors, most notably in Dubai. • Source:
  26. 26. SO WHAT HAPPENED AT A MENTAL LEVEL? We can divide the thought process aspect of Emiratis into 3 parts: First Generation (1900s-1960s) 1960s) Founding Fathers Second Generation (1970s-1990s) 1990s) Developers Third Generation (2000 and beyond) Shapers
  27. 27. Emiratis First Generation (1900s (1900s-1960s) These can be called the “FOUNDING FATHERS” They faced lots of PHYSICAL hardship in their lives They struggled to gain independence for the country, they played a role in joining the Emirates to the land region it is today Their thinking was cautious and reserved Theirs was an age of strict adherence to Islamic code of conduct, values and cultural traditions
  28. 28. Emiratis Second Generation (1970s (1970s-1990s) These were the “DEVELOPERS” who wisely used the resources of oil and tourism to grow the country to unprecedented heights Their thinking was to get to the level of developed countries very quickly through any number of human or material resource deployment This was an age of diversity and diversification, of people getting rich overnight in the UAE In their time, development took precedence over EVERYTHING else, religious beliefs were kept at an individual then state level, other religion and nationality people were encouraged to come to the UAE and build it
  29. 29. Emiratis Third Generation (2000 and beyond) These are the “SHAPERS” of the future, they are the young leaders of today They are going beyond development and systems into carving an identity for the UAE in and outside the country While they like the progress and development in UAE, at the same time they are concerned with preserving local values and culture Their thinking is characterized by boldness, innovation and focus on learning and on building a competent team of nationals to replace the largely expatriate workforce
  30. 30. PART III Comparison with East & West
  31. 31. OPERATIONAL COMPARISON OF UAE WITH EAST & WEST East: Singapore/HK West: US/UK, Europe Similar background, ex Mature market British colonies characterized by Similar high growth in innovation, industrial short period time and defense superiority Focus on infrastructure over the rest of the world development Plagued by decreasing Focus on free port, population growth rates, shipping and tax free outsourcing leading to advantages crash of local industry and markets Singapore/HK reached World leaders in saturation in production, innovation in any field tourism and are now turning into mature From IT, telecom, markets military, chemicals, anything and everything justifying their existence as strong creators
  32. 32. HUMAN COMPARISON OF UAE WITH EAST & WEST I Case in point: America “Who is an American?” Logically, the Red (or other tribes) of Indians, the natural dwellers of Americas and Canada. However, their President today is an African African-American Their inventors, scientists, business leaders, academicians, in short their ENTIRE society is a mix of different nationalities including Africans, Latin, Arabs, Asians, Europeans, Australians, Russians BUT they ALL call themselves “AMERICANS” – they all EQUALLY love their motherland whether born or naturalized there. What is the “SECRET FORMULA” that America has used to attract, absorb and gain unconditional loyalty of people, even if they were born on any other part of the world, to any other religion, race, sect or cast?
  33. 33. AMERICA – THE “SECRET” FORMULA Americans live by the “American Dream” of freedom, knowledge, justice and equality The landmark in this direction was at the time of Abraham Lincoln when he abolished slavery and laid the foundation of the superpower, America. This dream superimposes all their differences and UNITES them, BINDS them into a bond of HUMANITY that is stronger than any regional, religious, cultural or family bond. They make sure those who are granted immigration agree with the American values of justice, freedom, equality and progress through innovation. The net result is an EXTREMELY SMART and POWERFUL NATION which is a MIX of almost EVERY global nationality YET united in purpose and spirit.
  34. 34. HUMAN COMPARISON OF UAE WITH EAST & WEST II East: Singapore/HK West: US/UK/Australia, Europe Hong Kong does not offer Almost all western countries, the immigration US, Canada, United Kingdom, Singapore offers immigration via Germany, Denmark and others Registration including Australia and New The term used in the Constitution Zealand have their own to refer to the process commonly naturalization and immigration known as naturalization. processes based on criteria A person can apply for relating to skills, adaptability to registration as a Singaporean local culture and work citizen if he or she has been a environment and on the basis of Permanent Resident for at least human rights two years and is gainfully employed or married to a The UAE, at the moment, has, Singaporean citizen. like other Gulf countries, no A male Permanent Resident may immigration or naturalization also apply upon satisfactory completion of full-time National process or policy in place Service, as may children of Singaporean citizens resident in Singapore. Each application is considered on its own merits.
  35. 35. PART IV Challenges, Opportunities and Solutions
  36. 36. CHALLENGES: PEOPLE RELATED Culture National identity Population mix Ethics and values Immigration
  37. 37. CULTURE UAE’s culture is based on its religion, Islam, its history of pearl diving, fishing and the desert. It is important to preserve the culture for the coming generations. This can be done by creating “ “This is UAE” Campaign outlining the above and placing it on strategic locations like Malls, Airports, Public Places, Radio and TV programs and Press Most of this can be done for free by simply making this a social responsibility of the owners of these institutions to “give something back to UAE”, the safe tax free haven they operate in.
  38. 38. NATIONAL IDENTITY The UAE National Identity is derived from: Ancestry Religion Culture For Nationals Nationals should be taken on specially designed “National Identity” programs making them participate in the roots of society like pearl diving, desert activities and handicrafts, local produce that makes them understand, appreciate and gel in with the culture and practices of their fore fathers. For Expats To preserve the national identity and to impress upon its basic principles it should be made MANDATORY to be taught as a subject in schools atleast till middle school, besides at WORK, companies should be asked to get certified training of their staff on “WHAT IS UAE?” and “UAE NATIONAL IDENTITY” so that their employees know, respect and accept the local culture, its boundaries and its bounties.
  39. 39. POPULATION MIX The UAE, like other Gulf UAE Nationals of the Future! countries has a skewed The UAE is slowly moving population mix wherein the towards a more local based work locals are a very small percent of force, however, for that it is the total population. relying heavily on financial motivation and white collar jobs. While it is important to inculcate True Emiratization will never an understanding of Emirati come about unless the UAE culture in the UAE residents, it nationals are taught the value of is EQUALLY important that doing everything from bottom to UAE residents, whether or not top, and treat work as locals, should understand and ACHIEVEMENT then financial appreciate the diversity in this need which the UAE environment. Government adequately takes care of. Non nationals via their respective embassies in UAE, should be encouraged to take out newspaper supplements, do radio/TV programs and workplace presentations for their respective cultural awareness so the people can live in harmony and understanding.
  40. 40. ETHICS AND VALUES The strongest It is MOST IMPORTANT INSTITUTION of UAE is that existing and incoming its police wing, and in that expatriates are CLEARLY DUBAI POLICE has an told about UAE Ethics and excellent reputation for Values at point of entry. professionalism and speed A BASIC ARABIC & of execution. UAE ETHICS COURSE The UAE should establish must be made a code of conduct and COMPULSORY for ethics for everybody in the everyone entering the country, and it should be country. ALIKE for all. This will minimize things The ethics and values like drunk driving, should be based on Islamic indecent behavior on principles as well as local public beaches, use of cultural sensitivities and drugs and substance practices. abuse, driving ethics, speaking ethics.
  41. 41. IMMIGRATION The UAE, like the Gulf has NO immigration policy. There is logical fear that local culture, power and influence can decrease if “foreigners” are absorbed in the land. My view is different. It is the American / Singaporean / Western view, specially American IF PROPERLY SHORTLISTED ACCORDING TO THE UAE’S NEEDS AS FIRST PHASE, UAE can issue “GUEST” Passports to other nationalities based , on set criteria, provide only basic residency and basic healthcare in return and let the expats make the UAE’s HUGE land into an oasis of knowledge, business success and greenery. UAE needs to create a criteria for immigration, whether it is estate related, I suggest a COURSE on Arabic and Local Culture, and scoring minimum marks in that alongside other criteria should be compulsory. As immigrants, foreigners can bring wealth, skills, hard work, loyalty, material and knowledge to the UAE There should be an immigration policy for laborers, as they are the people who have to build the un built 95% of the UAE’s desert into an oasis of farms and development It will set the UAE apart as a role model for other Gulf countries besides immeasurably enhance its image in the developed world There should be criteria similar to developed countries that can be adapted to institutionalize this process Already the majority of expats living in UAE are attached to the country beyond material due to law and order, safety and a sense of belongingness
  42. 42. CHALLENGES: BUSINESS RELATED Real Estate Tourism Free Zones Manufacturing, JAFZ Trading, DAFZ Services, TECOM Education Agriculture Innovation Investor’s Conference
  43. 43. REAL ESTATE/MORTGAGE CRISIS The current real estate / mortgage & financial crisis roots are in GREED. Capitalism, in its greed for interest and returns defies the basic rule of business, REAL profitability. The problem is: UAE has thousands of freehold houses stuck without buyers, developers leaving unfinished and customers unable to pay back. The solution is on the next slide.
  44. 44. “REAL” ESTATE SOLUTIONS The vision should be to launch For those working in good / the UAE immigration policy of approved companies start PAYE “Guest Passport” as a TOOL to (pay as you earn) salary increase diversity as well as deductions scheme solve the real estate crisis. Institute BANKRUPTCY like Provide Guest Passport to Western countries on similar qualifying / purchasing expat models for those who cannot pay families as per Canadian / (from existing buyers) instead of Australian models with putting them in “Police lockup” LIMITED rights (10% of which is harming UAE’s image Emiratis, only residence and globally basic / emergency local medical Also allow only ONE property on rights only, NOTHING ELSE) bank loan to people, rest to be Ask banks to REMOVE interest returned to banks / financiers, only recover cost AFTER this is the BEST solution for supplier negotiations, salary cuts those who went only to speculate and supplier reductions so cost of in real estate market should be ownership is substantially forced to give up their possibility reduced. of gains in the larger interest of Invite business people on this market stabilization. basis to increase investment.
  45. 45. TOURISM UAE has been an established tourism destination. To increase tourism further, UAE government should work with hotels to offer “EXTENDED STAY” packages ideally with other GCC hotels, at VERY LOW PROFIT margins so that the WORLD comes to stay in UAE on their ANNUAL VACATIONS, The Western tourists are specially attracted due to the weather Work with GCC to make UAE visa a “GCC tourism visa” so that travelers in one go can see the whole area
  46. 46. FREE ZONES Dubai has three key trade zones on which I have NOTHING but praise, they are PERFECT models of excellence Manufacturing, JAFZ Trading, DAFZ Services, TECOM The only suggestion I can give is to make their government services process autonomous so they can handle ALL aspects of investors and workers which they currently cannot, besides couple with the immigration suggestions and it will increase the economy manifold
  47. 47. EDUCATION The Education market is booming globally UAE needs to partner with US/Canadian/Australian universities to open FULL FLEDGED CAMPUSES WITH HOSTELS on the same lines as the West to capitalize on this opportunity Many from here and Asia will choose this due better climate and lower cost plus closer to home
  48. 48. AGRICULTURE Agriculture is an UNDER OPERATION GREEN UTILIZED area of the UAE I DESERT have a really grand plan on Build pipelines from the SEA this aspect to the middle of desert areas, This will also OFFSET start a PILOT project first near Emirates road GLOBAL WARMING EFFECT OF SEA RISE Identify seeds of plants that can survive in hot weather, This idea can capitalize on HOLD the earth, increase cheap labor given the NUTRITIONAL quality of economic recession to start earth and MIX them with developing the 95% desert sprinklers into the FUTURE GREEN Run sprinklers a LOT in the OIL of UAE, construction night, 3-4 HOURS, its and farm labor can be issued seawater from a RISING sea, long term residency visas so the more you use the better. they feel protected and cared for WITH TIME, the desert will start growing vegetation and UAE can be positioned as a become green hub for organic food creation, processing and packaging
  49. 49. INNOVATION Le Emirates presentation was already submitted to Dubai Government and can be shared only with government officials With IMMIGRATION of BRAINS UAE to me will be the developer of next super computer or vaccine or advanced mobile, computer, software, medicines for the world.
  50. 50. INVESTORS CONFERENCE This is my “pet idea” – as of NOW the global financial markets, stock markets, banks have all collapsed, thanks to a greedy interest based structure My idea is to organize a conference in Dubai where I will personally invite the BEST US / European companies to come here and solicit investors in the region in a RETAIL environment Details on There is an Academic blog that goes with it too on
  51. 51. ENVIRONMENT Environment I read in a newspaper that over last ten years temperature in Dubai has gone up by 3 to 10 degrees Celsius I think and believe the reason is MISUSE of AIRCONDITIONING which KILLS OZONE layer of Earth. Even when weather is nice it is raining or cold wind outside in winters PEOPLE STILL USE THEIR AC at HOME and in CARS! It is ridiculous and killing environment By LAW cars and homes / offices should be FORCED not to put temperature below 25 degrees except where required like a hospital or drugstore AC kills environment awareness campaign is needed
  52. 52. TRAFFIC Dubai Traffic is a nightmare! So Using Navigation Technology many radars and YET people To Toll And Control Real drive like CRAZY, so difficult World Traffic LICENSE TEST yet people drive Why physical toll gates are not like they use to drive army tanks essential in a GPS world or tractors. Allowing police traffic control WHY? using customized GPS, mobile handsets and software solutions Because Dubai police CANNOT Using GPS navigation to toll monitor them with radars only. cars, report dangerous driving, I am making a presentation on accident information and traffic announcements MECOM 2009 on HOW TO Imran Owais Kazmi, Regional CONTROL / TOLL / FINE Director MENA, Psiloc; and Chief TRAFFIC AND HELP Thinking Officer, Strategy2Action, ACCIDENT EMERGENCIES UAE USING GPS TRAFFIC MONITORING SYSTEM _Presentation/mecom_Epresenta tion.html
  53. 53. SWINE FLU AND HEALTHCARE Swine Flu Cases rising, deaths increasing countries increasing, Tamiflu and antiviral efficacy is in doubt as the VIRUS IS MUTATING, i.e. it is CHANGING, the world alert is already at or anticipating a Pandemic The world is soon going to turn into a massive graveyard, whether it is Allah’s anger at how humans have let Him down or just a virus, time alone will tell us, till then we need to PREPARE Dr Robert Young Approach Dr Young in a progressive American Microbiologist and leading thinker of our times on medical science His approach towards medical science is quite different from traditional medical science, please read: health-nutritional-and.html And He has the cure for Swine Flu, and other diseases using DIET to control what he calls PLEOMORPHISM. I suggest you research into the above and if you are convinced, invite him as a speaker SOON so that BEFORE the outbreak he can prepare the residents and Ministry of Health / Government how best to tackle it.
  54. 54. HOW TO TACKLE SWINE FLU-I On an urgent basis I am trying to • Since I am a management consultant, contact Ministry of Health and and also a trainer on “Crisis National Crisis and Emergency Management” I understand the Management Authority (NCEMA). process of this virus spreading and Alhamdolillah as of right now, UAE is the inability of the Mexican, US and safe from Swine Flu, but the SPEED other governments to satisfactorily with which it is spreading cannot be contain its spread contained, and a Pandemic is Safety: When countries think “It hasn’t imminent, as per World Health come to us yet, we will deal with it Organization -Arabic: when it comes here” turns out to be index.html bad news since it is just like normal In the US spread to 11 states, who flu, only lethal, and the spreading have shut down schools, the number process of flu is very efficient and is rising very quickly and the US is effective over thousands of years. We bracing for a full scale emergency. have to be SMARTER than the virus, Let us be AHEAD of them as God has be ready to greet it with preparedness given us the CHANCE through time than a crisis to PREVENT the disaster that CAN • Medicines: The virus is mutating and happen. whether or not the medications will help will vary from person to person and also on how soon, or late it is diagnosed. In this case “PREVENTION IS BETTER THAN CURE”
  55. 55. HOW TO TACKLE SWINE FLU-II Prevention: Is possible to a large Central Air conditioners—must be extent, though costly, here is my shut down, as they will transmit the STEP-BY-STEP plan for crisis virus to EVERY house in that building or home, better to live with management: some heat then not be alive! Stay indoors: Except ESSENTIAL On TV, Radio, Newspapers issue jobs like police, Doctors, travel, let MASK, HAND CLEANING, HAND people stay indoors, this means: GLOVES and PREVENTION Close schools, give students “one TECHNIQUES, the sooner this starts month homework” let them study at the better home, also ask schools to recommend Choice of medicines: People should be websites and maybe do E-CLASSES, told to IMMEDIATELY consult their based on internet that senior nearest health centre / hospital once students can take from home via they feel they have flu of any kind. email or websites that allow Also HOSPITAL staff must be ready collaboration and prepared to deal with it through Ask office workers to work from hygiene and advance training / home, again using internet instructions Other businesses, UNLESS essential According to Dr Robert Young in ask them to give ANNUAL LEAVE California, USA now, within one month we will ALL ( virus are know what is the status of vaccine, nothing but acids, now there are treatment and all of this virus, it will people who doubt his theories, but I help us prevent it immeasurably trust him, anyway, you can form your Close Malls and Major Bazaars in own opinion. I would trust both ALL emirates, this is also VERY medical Drs and Dr Young, given the important circumstances.
  56. 56. DISCLAIMER This presentation is the result of my love for the United Arab Emirates, my home for the last six year. Whilst I do not know about my future in this region, I do know that this area has immense potential. Hence this presentation is a collection of ideas, mine, on how to develop this amazing place even further. Some data has been used from other sources which have been identified, where used. Pictures, except my own, are the property of their respective , copyright owners, I have only searched them from the internet and added for illustration purposes only i.e. just to make the presentation appear more visually appealing. I have no overt or covert desire to further any personal goal or objective through this presentation, it is a small effort at understanding a great people and a great nation and suggestions as a healthy “payback” for the good time I spent here. (signed) Imran Owais Kazmi, Dubai, UAE
  57. 57. my UAE Focus By Imran Owais Kazmi Chief Thinking Officer, Synergize Group and Cell +97150 5845962 and UK +44 750 9184690