Dubai Day 1 – 28/12/2016 | Study Abroad in Dubai, UAE

Dubai Day 1 – 28/12/2016

Dec 28, 2016   //   by Kora Philipp   //   Student Blog  //  No Comments

Dear Reader,

My name is Kora, I am a law student from Würzburg, Germany, and a member of ELSA (European Law Students Association), which is how I found out about CBL International Dubai Winter Law School 2016/17. On this blog, I’ll provide you with an insight of the Law School activities as well as my own impressions and experiences in the UAE. Enjoy!

Day 1 – December 28th, 2016

It’s Wednesday and the first day of our programme with CBL.

Arriving late on yesterday night, I managed to find my way through Dubai’s bus system and took a cab for the mile to the Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management (EAHM). EAHM is a highly recognized school for hospitality management and it offers not only appartments in the style of a self-catering hotel, but also a fitness room, sport courts, swimming pool, restaurant and conference rooms.

In the morning, all delegates met up with the programme coordinator Elizabeth (Libby). We are 13 delegates, all either students or young professionals, taking part in the CBL Dubai Winter School and we come from all parts of the world. There are people from Australia, Germany, Iraq, South Africa, Switzerland, Western Sahara, the UK and the USA. One delegate even lives and works in Dubai.

At first, everyone introduces themselves and Libby gives us a short overview of the plans for the next 10 days. She also advices us to follow some rules, e.g. not to drink in public or not to wear revealing clothes on the streets. In the end she promises we will have a great experience here and concludes that we will soon find out that „everything in Dubai is the best, the biggest, the largest“.

Afterwards, we are given a 3 hour class on Arab Culture by an Australian guy called Phil, who has lived here for 10 years. His lecture focusses mainly on geography, religion, Arabic language and the recent developments in the Middle East. It’s surprising how little most of us actually know about the Arab Culture, but the class helped a lot to understand things better and Phil managed to eliminate prejudices and stereotype thinking.

In the afternoon, a private bus takes us to Nakheel Properties. Nakheel (Arabic „palm trees“) is a large real estate company and creator of man-made islands such as The Palm or The World. We are given a presentation on the building of The Palm, which was created to enlarge Dubai’s coast line by 78 kilometres and provided space for new estates such as the most famous „Atlantis“.

We learn much about the way the artifical islands are created here and are also shown how Nakheel took care of environmental issues e.g. by replacing corals.

Before driving back to EAHM, the bus takes us around The Palm, where we could have a sight at the Gulf Coast and the Atlantis building. We will return here tomorrow as we will visit Kempinski on the Palm.

As you see, we have been up to very much and very exciting stuff- and it’s only Day 1.

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