IIA conference in Dubai to make UAE one of the world’s ‘smartest’ economies

The Dubai delegation at the handover ceremony of the IIA International Conference 2017.
Updated 14 February 2018
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IIA conference in Dubai to make UAE one of the world’s ‘smartest’ economies

Dubai will play host to the world’s largest gathering of internal auditors when the International Conference of the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) takes place in the city in May.
The event will be held under the patronage of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, UAE vice president and prime minister and ruler of Dubai.
“Dubai is once again proving that the city has the capability to host global conferences that will bring expertise to realize the great goal of the UAE becoming one of the smartest economies in the world,” said Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, chairman and chief executive, Emirates Airline and Group, and chairman of the Dubai Supreme Fiscal Committee.
The IIA, along with the UAE Internal Auditors Association (UAE-IAA), will hold the high profile global conference for the first time in the Middle East, under the theme “Connecting the World Through Innovation,” at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Center from May 6 to 9. The event will feature more than 100 global speakers in over 70 sessions and is set to welcome more than 3,000 professionals from 110 countries.
“True to the spirit of the slogan of the conference ‘Connecting the World Through Innovation,’ Dubai is also living up to the image of connecting the world by becoming one of the smartest cities in the world in the era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution,” said Sheikh Ahmed.
“Dubai is hosting this world class conference at a time when the UAE is emerging as one of the most attractive investment destinations in the world with superior infrastructure and an abundant supply of skilled manpower. The IIA summit will enable the internal audit professionals here to adopt best practices that will enhance the efficiency of businesses,” he added.
Helal Saeed Almarri, director general of Dubai Tourism, said: “Business events such as the IIA International Conference play a vital role in not only bringing more visitors to Dubai, but also enhancing the city’s status as a knowledge hub and a place for knowledge sharing. Driven by the leadership and support of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, we continue to work with organizations such as IIA to bring major business events to stimulate further growth and develop talent in key sectors for the UAE economy.”


Middlesex University Dubai doctorate for LuLu chairman

The UAE’s Minister of Tolerance Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al-Nahyan awarded the doctorate to Yusuff Ali M.A., LuLu Group chairman and managing director.
Updated 20 November 2018
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Middlesex University Dubai doctorate for LuLu chairman

Middlesex University Dubai recently conferred an honorary doctorate on businessman and philanthropist Yusuff Ali M.A., LuLu Group chairman and managing director. The UAE’s Minister of Tolerance Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al-Nahyan was the chief guest of the graduation event. 

While addressing the graduates and dignitaries, Sheikh Nahyan stressed the importance of education, which he said defines the character of an individual. Sheikh Nahyan further said that investing in education is like investing in the future, which also shapes the values of citizens. He urged students to continuously learn as it is a never-ending process. 

Sheikh Nahyan congratulated Ali on receiving the honorary doctorate, saying: “Yusuff Ali played an important role in strengthening the relationship between India and the UAE and for setting benchmarks in entrepreneurial leadership.”

He praised Ali’s “commitment to fellow human beings” and described him as a person with an “impressive record of achievements.”

More than 300 students were also awarded graduation degrees by Sheikh Nahyan. Also present on the occasion were Dr. Tayeb Kamali, Hamad Abdulla Al-Shamsi, chairman of Amanat Holding, and other dignitaries.