Dubai Day 7 – 03/01/2017 | Study Abroad in Dubai, UAE

Dubai Day 7 – 03/01/2017

Jan 3, 2017   //   by Kora Philipp   //   Student Blog  //  No Comments

It’s Day 7 of our Dubai adventure and today we were going to visit FedEx as well as the National Bank of Dubai.

In the morning we drove to Dubai International, where the FedEx Hub Dubai is located.

After a security check, we were allowed inside the office building of FedEx. At first we were given an introduction by their sales manager and his colleagues who have been here since the early 2000s or even before. They explained the general strategy and business model of FedEx to us and gave us information about the role of the Dubai hub. It plays a major role in world trade as 2/3 of the world population is accessible within 6 hours what turns out to be a great advantage in the courier business. After the presentation we had the chance to tour the hub and enter a cargo plane.

As the airplay was just about to be loaded, the delegates even could play with the controller and try to place a shipment in the airplane. We also had a “photo session” in the cockpit and the freight space, which certainly was a unique experience.

Having finished the tour we returned back to the office, were FedEx offered us pizza for lunch and engaged us to chat with their managers.

In the afternoon, we drove near Old Dubai and visited the headquarters of the National Bank of Dubai, Emirates NBD.

Through a presentation we learned that NBD is one of the largest banks in the Middle East and has more than 220 branches and over 900 ATMs and Cash Deposit Machines (CDMs) spread across the country and overseas. The NBD Group is also a major player in the corporate banking arena and has a fast-growing Islamic banking breach.

Apart from that, the NBD building hosts a Pearl Museum which preserves the history of the pearl divers and merchants of Arabia and shows a unique, priceless collection of Pearls from the Gulf region. Probably none of us has seen so many pearls in his life before. Once again it was exciting to see the development as a small pearl diver’s settlement to the hyper modern city is today.

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