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My Dubai Diary: 2 January 2016

Jan 2, 2016   //   by cblinter   //   Student Blog  //  No Comments

The first and most important place of visit today is the Higher Colleges of Technology Dubai – Women’s Campus. It is a wonderful day, a nice place and we are about to learn more about intercultural intelligence. Our lecturer is very witty and the main topics are covering the perspectives of how culture can be approached and how the society is becoming more intercultural (not to be mixed with multicultural, though, that’s a connected topic) and in most of the cases the seen part of it can be seen as an iceberg, leaving layers and layers of the origins of the expressed attidude, norms, values and beliefs “underwater”. There are many metaphors we can contemplate and we take a look at some optical illusions and documentaries, as well as this we are introduced to various initiavies and prjects in the field and are offered various resources (both literature and multimedia) for further research.

Thereafter, we have a presentation on Islam as a brand, given by Hani Soubra, an acknowledged author. It is very intriguing and, one might say, thought-provoking, as we are put in front of facts and then look at them through the eyes of the audience of mass media. There is a lot to be learned about the characteristics of brands and communication regarding the message that reaches the global newsroom and how there are the tags that go in history, putting the emphasis on what the audience is more likely to accept as the one truth, and what is the factual basis, on which the actual storyline is made.

The last lecture, while we’re still on the site, is different for the law students and business students. Concentrating on law, we have a good overview on the court structures in the UAE, as well as get to do self-tests afterwards. It is worth the while and effort to see how, historically, the legislation has evolved differently in each of the Emirates, as well as to see the common things in the structures of the court systems. In Dubai, there are six specialised “Courts of First Instance”: Civil Court, Commercial Court, Personal Status Court, Property Court, Labour Court and Criminal Court. For we discuss the legal sides of doing business in the UAE, it’s important that we are not missing – there is, still, a lot to be done. As we are finishing, the day slowly comes to an end and it’s been a productive one for all of us.

The coming day, according to our schedule, we’ll be going to Abu Dhabi and that’s the third Emirate we are visiting during these days. I can’t wait to see the Masdar city innovations and, of course, there is more to come! ^_^

Best,

Anna Elsa

My Dubai Diary: 1 January 2016

Jan 1, 2016   //   by cblinter   //   Student Blog  //  No Comments

Day 7

 A new day, a new year, a new life it may be and…. the weekend begins 😀

Today, it’s a free-plan for everyone, there’s the Dubai Shopping Festival starting today, and we can go on a Big Bus Tour as well, if we feel like it… Some alternatives for the 1st of January might’ve been spending the day by the pool at EAHM, visiting the beach or whatever is the calling. For the ones choosing the Big Bus, a disappointment it is, when we find out that our tickets are expired and there are only some free tours that we could possibly choose to make…sometimes, buying in advance is really not the best option, if there’s a 24 hour time-limit of validity. It’s still a free day and the big malls were a part of the plan anyway, so that’s where we go. First, the Mall of The Emirates, where it’s certainly not as hot as outside and then – the Dubai Mall, where we get by metro. It’s clearly one of the places where people disappear during the day and, indeed, as the weekend here has just begun, it’s really no wonder. Besides, it’s just the same stop for the Burj Khalifa, which we get to see as well. Spending a day shopping – it’s easy to loose the count of time (and money – as there are even half-cups with the “I spent all of my money in Dubai and had only left enough for half a cup” :P).

5I won’t go on, describing all of the shops in the malls but it’s worth mentioning that in the Dubai Mall – the largest shopping mall in the world, there’s also a nice big aquarium where one can take a dive, there’s a ice rink for skating, a cinema…some say it’d take weeks to really explore the mall but I think it depends much on what interests one has. The tallest building and the largest mall in the same place – it’s a rare combination. After wandering around and literally shoppin’ ‘till we’re droppin’, it’s already dark when we get back.

 

Still, getting back to the EAHM and the Business & Law school programme, it’s not to be forgotten that there are lectures continuing tomorrow, as well as essays to be written by those who want to get marks and credit points. It’s useful but not mandatory because the participation is being valued as well. The assessments are very beneficial and, from my point of view, and it helps to take a look back and see what can be constructively be put together and reviewed later on. So to say, the one who writes, reads twice… 😉

Cheers,

Anna Elsa

 

My Dubai Diary: 31 December 2015

Dec 31, 2015   //   by cblinter   //   Student Blog  //  No Comments

DAY 6 (31 December)

This is the day when we are visiting Sharjah, the largest Emirate of UAE and the only one that has borders with all of the other Emirates. The buildings are seemingly not as tall as in Dubai and it appears to be a little bit greener, too, with some parks and playgrounds. Our first stop is Shurooq, the Legal Affairs Department.

First, we have a presentation about the planned eco-tourism sites and archeological tourism and the main themes are travel, healthcare and environment, as well as heritage. Switching on the business-side, we are told a little about the DIFC (Dubai International Financial Centre) and that in Sharjah, there are certain permitted company types (Limited Liability Company (LLC); Partnership Company; Local Services Agent License or Business Partnership License; Foreign Company Branch; Local Company Branch; GCC Company Branch; Public and Private Shareholding Companies). The Legal Department is mainly responsible of providing legal advice and guidance, of case and litigation management, and of documentation preparation and drafting. Regarding businesses that operate in more than one Emirate, the terms of businesses and cooperation should comply with the standards in all of them, as each Emirate has it’s ruling family and the laws may vary.
We stop by the Za’abeel Palace (also known the Palace of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum). It’s beautiful there though, of course, we don’t get the chance to go inside.
3Later on, we visit Maraya Art Centre, where we can observe some contemporary, local artists’ works, that are well enjoyable. Then, after trying out the Eye of Sharjah and the panoramic view, we are invited to taste the local food. Next, we go to the Heart of Sharjah, and it’s simply astonishing to see the great work they are doing, restaurating the historical sites (and by that, taking down some skyscrapers as well) and keeping the most resourceful museum about the arabic culture that I’ve seen. There, we get fresh coffee and dates, and the staff is very welcoming. Some buildings are made of corals and shells, there are souks (traditional marketplaces) and it’s possible to purchase natural perfumes (with no alcohol, instead using aromatic oils), fabrics, jewelry, silk embroidery and outfits as well (resulting in a couple of local-looking guys in our group J ).

4For the New Years Eve, some of our group had made reservations, some celebrated with their relatives and friends, and some, including me, went to the Jumeirah beach. Finding the best place there is easy, and both the Burj Khalifa and Burj Al Arab are seen. There are lots of people, mostly families with children, yet the atmosphere is very peaceful. It’s wonderful being there, and the mosques shine golden against the black, and the Burj Al Arab is changing it’s colour…When it’s midnight, the fireworks begin, and from the beach, the sight is very good, though the Burj Khalifa is in greater distance, from afar we can see the fireworks there and in some other parts of the city, too. On our site, for a moment, they are in the colours of the flag of the UAE, then, some are in shapes of stars, and they are bursting all across the sky and on both sides of the Burj Al Arab.

Happy New Year,

Anna Elsa

My Dubai Diary: 29 December 2015

Dec 29, 2015   //   by cblinter   //   Student Blog  //  No Comments

DAY 4 (29 December)

It is a new, sunny day and as early as a quarter to eight in the morning, we are already on the road to see the Emirates Airlines. It is actually older than the UAE, operating flights before the independency from the UK was formed. The impression is – Emirates Airlines is really looking after their customers needs, focusing on making the flights more and more comfortable and improving it’s services all the time. Indeed, they have planes with showers, bars and lounges and I bet we’d enjoy a flight in one of those. There are over 170 nationalities of the world represented by the employees of the Airlines. As the global traffic streams are changing, it’s the location that makes them (and Dubai) special, with 2/3 of the world’s growing population reachable within a single 8 hour flight…and, with their magnificent aircrafts, they are facing the challenges of the industry as well, thus, taking no needless steps off the safe side. What is important, as we’re told, is that they have no aero political protection and Emirates is unsubsidised.

The next big stop is FedEx. There are held presentations and, again, we get a positive look on the business. They are, after all, transporting more than parcels, services include transportation of medicine and even human organs. Legally, of course. Besides, they are fast and keeping an eye on social responsibility as well, not only by volunteering and striving to keep the “Purple Promise” of making each FedEx experience outstanding and reliable. Holding on to simple but valuable principles, they are a service company with stable grounds. The good thing is, they provide paid internships and workplaces, looking for the best cooperation with experts of all fields, working in more than 220 countries and territories globally.

After exploring the many sides of aviation and logistics we’re ready to see things from a different angle…we’re looking for new horizons and we’re going to the desert. It’s not too far away and, after an hour’s drive, some have already tried the quad biking there, but to shake us all up a little more, we go dune driving, which shows us perfectly, what it’s like to have no regulated traffic and no flat city roads…it’s more than fun to stop at sunset and try rolling on the desert sand by ourselves…but, in case of forgetting our destination, there are only wheel tracks seen, leading in all directions. Thanks to our desert-wise drivers, thereafter, we’re taken to the Skyland camp where we get to ride camels, watch fire dancing, and much, much more. 😉

Returning to Dubai, the nightly view of the city has a dim, elegant shine to it and, finally, there’s a feeling that we’ve experienced something special today.

Best,

Anna Elsa

My Dubai Diary: 29 December 2015

Dec 29, 2015   //   by cblinter   //   Student Blog  //  No Comments

DAY 4 (29 December)

It is a new, sunny day and as early as a quarter to eight in the morning, we are already on the road to see the Emirates Airlines. It is actually older than the UAE, operating flights before the independency from the UK was formed. The impression is – Emirates Airlines is really looking after their customers needs, focusing on making the flights more and more comfortable and improving it’s services all the time. Indeed, they have planes with showers, bars and lounges and I bet we’d enjoy a flight in one of those. There are over 170 nationalities of the world represented by the employees of the Airlines. As the global traffic streams are changing, it’s the location that makes them (and Dubai) special, with 2/3 of the world’s growing population reachable within a single 8 hour flight…and, with their magnificent aircrafts, they are facing the challenges of the industry as well, thus, taking no needless steps off the safe side. What is important, as we’re told, is that they have no aero political protection and Emirates is not subsidised.

1The next big stop is FedEx. There are held presentations and, again, we get a positive look on the business. They are, after all, transporting more than parcels, services include transportation of medicine, and even human organs. Legally, of course. Besides, they are fast and keeping an eye on social responsibility as well, not only by volunteering and striving to keep the “Purple Promise” of making each FedEx experience outstanding and reliable. Holding on to simple but valuable principles, they are a service company with stable grounds. The good thing is, they provide paid internships and workplaces, looking for the best cooperation with experts of all fields, working in more than 220 countries and territories globally.

2After exploring the many sides of aviation and logistics we’re ready to see things from a different angle…we’re looking for new horizons and we’re going to the desert. It’s not too far away and, after an hour’s drive, some have already tried the quad biking there, but to shake us all up a little more, we go dune driving, which shows us perfectly, what it’s like to have no regulated traffic and no flat city roads…it’s more than fun to stop at sunset and try rolling on the desert sand by ourselves…but, in case of forgetting our destination, there are only wheel tracks seen, leading in all directions. Thanks to our desert-wise drivers, thereafter, we’re taken to the Skyland camp where we get to ride camels, watch fire dancing, and much, much more. 😉

Returning to Dubai, the nightly view of the city has a dim, elegant shine to it and, finally, there’s a feeling that we’ve experienced something special today.

Best,

Anna Elsa

My Dubai Diary: 28 December 2015

Dec 28, 2015   //   by cblinter   //   Student Blog  //  No Comments

DAY 3

225283739e7801fab187ebeabb037ff0Today we visited Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Getting there a little early, we walked down to the Dubai creek. The one surprising thing there was not the architecture, which, of course was stunning (especially, because each building seems to have a little bit of a different concept, where sometimes beauty is in the details, and sometimes, the concept is simple, yet complete like a jewel – where no additional embellishments are necessary to make the impression). However, it was the first place where we could spot somewhat domestic animals that were not birds – more specifically – there were at least a dozen cats on the lawn…it’s prohibited to have animals like dogs in public parks, beaches, or transportation but cats…I guess, they always manage to find a cozy spot. Besides, there is even a cat cafe, not far from the EAHM and Jumeirah Beach… :)

In the Dubai Chamber, we are warmly welcomed and got a presentation from it’s representatives. There, we talk about the Dubai GDP growth, about the GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) countries, the statistics, and how it’s a business-friendly city…really, with no taxes! (at least for now). 😉 Yet again, one of the most important things is to understand the regulation and, therefore, there are arbitration and mediation services available, as well as the Department of Economic Development of Dubai is offering a great support.

Afterwards, we go right to the next building, to the 15th floor of Emirates NBD (National Bank of Dubai) Head Office, where lies the Pearl Museum. It holds one of the largest collections of natural pearls, which is a gift to the people of the United Arab Emirates from the Sultan Al Owais. Before being led through the museum, we have a very informative presentation about the NBD and banking in the UAE, where efficiency plays a meaningful role – there is a Smart Government system, allowing people to access the public services through mobile apps, there is mobile banking and the customer services are constantly advancing.

The Pearl Museum tells us a story about Dubai before the oil was discovered. Pearl diving was more than providing trade possibilities and opening markets, it was a tradition.  There were precious maps of the gulf pearl banks, shared only between authorities. The motto of the Emirates NBD reads “Semper vigilant” and means “always watchful”, which is suitable and also quite universally applicable.

Later, in the afternoon, we have another two lectures awaiting. The first one is about Dar Al Sharia Legal & Financial Consultancy, explaining the details of Islamic banking principles (and comparing it to commercial banking). We are given a lot of information, some of which is known, but most is very specific, and afterwards some are having a little bit racked brains from trying hard to digest as much of it as possible.

After a short break, there’s an Arab Language lesson, which is both fun and educating. There are phrases, numbers, pronounciation tasks and some written examples. Even though we can’t possibly learn the language to start talking right away, it’s good to have an introduction like this.

Tired but happy, in the evening some of us go to dine on The Palm, others take the time to rest, as tomorrow promises to be exciting.

Yours,

Anna Elsa

My Dubai Diary: 27 December 2015

Dec 27, 2015   //   by cblinter   //   Student Blog  //  No Comments

DAY 2 (27 December)

It is Sunday and the week begins. Yes, the working week begins on Sunday and the “weekend” meansFriday and Saturday. The first thing today – we’re all gathering in a lecture room, there’s another round of introductions, a little orientation in the programme in general, and our first lecture about the Arab language and culture. There’s a lot to be learned, as we discuss the geography, the history of the Middle East, also the religion and how Islam now has two main denominations – Sunni and Shia, and look over the developing economy and politics. Our teacher has handouts and, while speaking of culture, even shows us some parts of the traditional costumes, explaining the history as well, and we get to think for ourselves, as there are tasks for us too, that involves a deeper conversation and cooperation, which I found very useful.

Jumeirah_Islands_on_1_May_2007After that we are visiting the Nakheel Properties. Nakheel is the creator of the man-made islands of Dubai and a large real estate developing company. We are shown a presentation about Dubai’s development through the years, about how The Palm and other man-made islands are created, based on tons and tons of rocks and maximising the coastline, and how it affects the environment, which too, is taken care of. Today we begin to get a decent insight of Dubai today and the plans for the future, regarding growth in vairous fields, for example, the logistics and real estate.

Then, leaving the Nakheel area with it’s blooming plumeria trees and strolling peacocks, the next place of visit is Kempinski on the Palm – a great 5* hotel, located…guess no more – it’s on The Palm. It’s hot outside but inside – there is a Christmas tree and sweet decorations, confirming that it’s winter here, after all, and the New Year is coming. The hotel is shining in luxury and we have a guide, informing us about the Kempinski chain itself and showing us around the hotel – including two-storey rooms with pools and panoramic sight. Yet, we are aware that the other one, the Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi is awaiting for us the next week for a more detailed comparison. 😉

Before heading back, we go down to the sea and enjoy the sun. Most of The Palm’s infrastructure is still being created, and there are special regulations to be followed (both by the Dubai and UAE laws, as well as guidelines provided by Nakheel Properties) during the process. The legislation is very welcoming and there is a Green Building Regulations & Specifications, as well as a newly introduced PPP  (public-private-partnership) regulation, attracting investors more easily.

The working day seemingly ends for most people at around 5PM, which causes some traffic jams and loads of construction workers passing on the streets. The week has only begun, but, it’s the day by day work that makes the architecture of Dubai sky-rocketing. And then, all of a sudden, the first day has gone by, with the sun descending under deep pink sky…

Dies recedet, bene factum non abscedet :)

Anna Elsa

My Dubai Diary: 26 December 2015

Dec 26, 2015   //   by cblinter   //   Student Blog  //  No Comments

DAY 1 (26 December)

Dear reader,

My name is Anna Elsa, I am a law student from Riga, Latvia, and a member of ELSA (European Law Students Association), which is how I found out about CBL International Dubai Winter Law School 2015. With the help of this blog I’ll provide you with a daily insight of the Law School activities and my own impressions and experience in the UAE.

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burj al arabAs I arrived in Dubai International Airport quite early, at 2AM, before the day had really begun, it was still impressive, driving in a huge taxi on the wide, fast motorways, chatting with the driver and, well, seeing the city at night – along with the first sight of the tall Burj Khalifa and then – Burj Al Arab, which is closer to the Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management (EAHM), my home for the next few days. I must say, the room I’m staying in is really like a small apartment and it’s adorable and very comfortable. And then there’ s a pool, a basketball area, a tennis court, a small shop and a training centre right on the site. It’s pleasantly quiet, though there are construction works going on (and not only in the EAHM area, the city has lots of construction sites, promising to become the new wonders of the world very soon :) ).

In the morning I could hear a muezzin calling to daily prayers from the nearby mosque. Later that day I met some of the other delegates and we decided to go to the Dubai Marina. First, we’d had an idea to walk, but, after a while, we decided to take a taxi (or two) – though, in the map everything seemed so close, there were almost no pedestrians and, I guess, the distances are not to be underestimated. After a small lunch in the Dubai Marina we walked among skyscrapers, visited Jumeirah beach and, along the way, a lot of pictures were made, even though it was a bit rainy and the wind was unusually cool. As, in Dubai it rains very rarely, from that point of view, we must have been very lucky. For the coming days the weather is forecasted to be much sunnier though 😉

Dubai_Mall_(UAE)To get back to our accommodation we got in the Dubai metro. Walking was not an option. Besides, it’s even prohibited to cross the street at some places (like near the Marina Mall). However, we had to get off at “The Dubai Mall”, as it appeared to be closest to the EAHM. By choosing which way to exit, again, strange or not, our little group had the part of the station just for ourselves – with the rest of people…probably going straight to the largest shopping mall in the world, the Dubai Mall. Finally, in the evening all the participants gathered at the gates of the EAHM and met the Programme Directorand other participants that had arrived. We had a quick overlook on the coming activities and were reminded of the regulations in the UAE, about our appearance in public (one should choose a semi-formal or business casual attire when outside of the hotel territory), as well as that it’s not acceptable to show affection too openly, for example, kissing or holding hands in public. Alcoholic substances are prohibited to have and use, unless one has a special license or is drinking in a hotel or a bar which has the license. You are also not allowed to be drunk in public and one can get into trouble if caught.

As we found out, there are participants coming from Austria, Belgium, India, Australia and other countries, but most are from Germany. :) Also, most of us are students, whether it’s from a bachelor’s or master’s degree, some are specialising in  business, others in law, or even both.

So far, I’m convinced we’re going to have a wondeful time!

Cheers,

Anna Elsa

Abu Dhabi: Beautiful Tours & Breathtaking Sights

Jun 10, 2015   //   by cblinter   //   Student Blog  //  No Comments

I have been waiting for this day for a very long time as we were going to Abu Dhabi! After a two-hour journey on the bus, we arrived to Masdar City, it is a city focused on innovation and green energy. We visited Masdar University who are in partnership with MIT and realised how the academic insitution is quickly making a large name in the engineering sector. We toured the university that is run completely on renewable energy and we could really see how innovative methods have been used to build the university. The best part was when we rode the personal rapid transit, which is a car that drives by itself around the university taking you from one place to another. The car can take up to 4 people and is run on battery. It was so cool! Matter of fact this car is the future; it reminded me of how the future is portrayed in movies and how this vision is slowly becoming a reality.

After Masdar University we visited Emirates Palace, the most luxurious hotel that I have ever seen. Covered in gold and mostly hand painted we toured the hotel and saw how delicate the furniture is and how magical the whole place really was. We attended a session on the management of Emirates Palace by Kempenski and luckily we toured around the luxurious suits that they have on offer. The rooms were breath taking and the interior designs were fascinating.

After the most beautiful tour around Emirates Palace, we visited the grand mosque in Abu Dhabi. It was the most beautiful building I have ever seen. It was bright white with gardens and fountains surrounding it. As we toured the mosque inside we saw the most beautiful cold calligraphy all around the walls and chandeliers made from beautiful coloured stones hanging from the main prayer room. The mosque was a gift by Sheik Zayed and all the design whether walls and carpets were handmade.

The women wore traditional clothing. Hair and all body parts were to be covered (except the face). The men wore their usual clothing. The mosque is completely covered in white marble imported from different countries. We heard the prayers, which were so peaceful and beautiful.

I must say Abu Dhabi is my favourite emirate! Everything we visited there exceeded expectation and was complete fantasy!

My Dubai Diary: An Insight into FedEx & Networking Opportunities

Jun 10, 2015   //   by cblinter   //   Student Blog  //  No Comments

We started off the day by travelling to Dubai airport terminal 3 to visit the American delivery service FedEx.

FedEx is continuously growing its Dubai hub due to the proximity of being around India and China. FedEx in Dubai delivers premium service and may be more expensive than its competitors due to its high standard quality and satisfaction. Luckily we had the opportunity to tour the hub and even the cargo planes that land in the Dubai hub. We were extremely privileged to do so as it is a once in a lifetime opportunity to be in a cargo plane. The plane was extremely different to one that a passenger would use to fly from A to B.

I enjoyed learning more about FedEx and its charity work, opening our eyes on how they gave back to the community. Fellow students were interested in internships and jobs there so FedEx simplified the recruiting process and talked us through the steps, which was beneficial.

We then enjoyed some pizza with some employees and made use of the time to ask questions and network. I must say, we really did get an in depth session on logistics in Dubai which added onto our previous knowledge acquired during week one.

Next we visited Emirates airlines head quarters where we learnt more about Emirates competitive plans and its plans for expanding to meet the Expo 2020 needs. We learnt that the airlines focuses heavily on the “People Product and Service” making sure the employees are happy and hence will provide a good service which in return allow Emirates to offer a competitive but unique service.

We saw that the success of Emirates actually comes down to the root of a high quality service and efficient roots. Even though now Emirates airlines are now facing controversy with the U.S, we definitely saw that the airline was focused on solving this controversy and continuing to provide the very best satisfaction.

They are extremely keen on marketing and branding including sponsoring several football clubs and various other sport teams. I was hugely impressed by their emphasis on branding because back in the UK, one can see “Emirates” sponsorships nearly under all big sport teams. It was lovely to end the day by drinking coffee, and looking the terminals of Emirates airlines.

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