Careers show highlights widening options

Updated 31 October 2013

Careers show highlights widening options

NAJAH 2013, the UAE’s major education, training and careers exhibition, is under way in Abu Dhabi. Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, minister of culture, youth, and community development, presided over the inauguration.
More than 160 international and local higher education institutions and employers looking to enroll thousands of UAE high school leavers and graduates are participating in the event at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center.
The exhibition ends Thursday.
The exhibition is being held at a time when reports say that private Western higher education institutes are growing in the UAE at a rate of 15 percent annually, and also that 24 percent of the UAE’s total government expenditure is earmarked for the education sector — more than twice that of what European governments set aside for education.
The focus on the UAE higher education is considered as timely and important as 49,000 high school students graduate every year according to the UAE National Bureau of Statistics.
More than 15,000 students are expected to visit the show during its three-day run.
Organized by Informa Exhibitions, the event is now in its seventh edition and has been steadily growing every year since its inaugural edition in 2007.
“Higher education is growing exponentially in the UAE, reflecting a rapidly increasing local and expatriate population coupled with ambitious government objectives to develop a stronger knowledge economy,” said Khurram Saeed, exhibition director of NAJAH.
“The sector has an estimated market size of $7.31 billion, and the demand for universities and training institutions will continue to grow as more and more high school graduates and parents seek quality higher education options. This year NAJAH has attracted the largest participation of universities yet, not only from the UAE but also internationally.”
The UAE currently hosts 37 international university branch campuses more than any country in the world, many of which are participating in NAJAH, including University of Wollongong, Dubai; Heriot Watt University, New York; Institute of Technology, Abu Dhabi; and Manipal University, India.


Abu Dhabi carrier Etihad launches more fuel-efficient Boeing 787 Dreamliner

Updated 1 min 17 sec ago

Abu Dhabi carrier Etihad launches more fuel-efficient Boeing 787 Dreamliner

  • Etihad’s CEO Tony Douglas described the aircraft as a flying laboratory for testing that could benefit the entire industry
  • This year, Etihad flew the world’s first passenger flight using sustainable biofuel made from a plant that grows in saltwater

DUBAI: Abu Dhabi’s flagship carrier Etihad Airways announced on Monday it is launching one of the world’s most fuel-efficient long-haul airplanes as the company seeks to save costs on fuel and position itself as a more environmentally-conscious choice for travelers.
Etihad’s “Greenliner” is a Boeing 787 Dreamliner that will depart on its first route from Abu Dhabi to Brussels in January 2020. Etihad’s CEO Tony Douglas described the aircraft as a flying laboratory for testing that could benefit the entire industry.
With fuel costs eating up around a quarter of airline spending, Douglas said the goal of the Greenliner is to be 20 percent more fuel efficient than other aircraft in Etihad’s fleet.
“This is not just a box-ticking exercise,” he told reporters at the unveiling of the initiative at the Dubai Airshow alongside executives from Boeing.
Douglas said the aircraft “not only makes sense economically from a profit and loss account point of view, but because it also directly impacts the CO2 because of the fuel burn.”
Etihad has reported losses of $4.75 billion since 2016 as its strategy of aggressively buying stakes in airlines from Europe to Australia exposed the company to major risks.
Despite its financials, the airline continues to be among the most innovative.
This year, Etihad flew the world’s first passenger flight using sustainable biofuel made from a plant that grows in saltwater. It also became the first in the Middle East to operate a flight without any single-use plastics on board to raise awareness of the effects of plastic pollution.
Aviation accounts for a small but rapidly growing share of greenhouse-gas emissions — about 2.5 percent worldwide. But forecasters expect air travel to grow rapidly in the coming years.
Etihad says it plans to make the Greenliner a “social media star” to bring under sharper focus its developments and achievements worldwide. Douglas said anything that Eithad learns with Boeing from this aircraft’s operations will be open domain knowledge “because it’s about moving the industry forward in a responsible fashion.”
“We’re like a millennial and like all good millennials, they’re really focused on the environment and the sustainability agenda,” Douglas said, referring to Etihad’s 16 years in operation.
The Greenliner will be the only aircraft of its kind in Etihad’s fleet of Dreamliners. The company currently has 36 of the 787s in its fleet with plans to operate 50.
“This is a small step today, but in a very, very long journey,” Douglas said.