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Seventy secondary school students in Abu Dhabi benefit from field study trips Department of Economic in Abu Dhabi (DED) organized science trips for high school students to Abu Dhabi exporting companies

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Seventy secondary school students in Abu Dhabi benefit from field study trips Department of Economic in Abu Dhabi (DED) organized science trips for high school students to Abu Dhabi exporting companies

Thursday, May 10, 2012
The Department of Economic Development-Abu Dhabi (DED) recently organized field study trips for students to Abu Dhabi companies to promote science, technology, innovation, and exports. Dr. Adeeb Alafifi, DED Director of Foreign Trade and Export Support, commented, “These trips are an important activity. They connect what students are learning in school to future opportunities.” He continued, “The experience brings together several objectives of the Economic Vision, knowledge and technology-based sectors, future careers for the students, and global market opportunities.”  Dr. Alafifi emphasized this initiative aims to convey to the community in general, students in particular, that products manufactured by Abu Dhabi companies and exported leverage services and infrastructure provided by the government for the benefit of private sector manufacturers and exporters.The field study trips for the 70 Darwish bin Karam Secondary School for Boys and Hunein Secondary School for Girls was with the support of the Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC). The students visited Abu Dhabi Medical Devices (ADMD) and Emirates Float Glass. These factories produce products that meet the highest global standards in their respective sectors. Each company utilizes leading technology to manufacture products but sell those products outside the UAE, to markets in Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Americas.  DED program manager Mr. Adel Al Katheeri, Acting Head of International Relations Section, summarized the program, “The field study begins with a workshop. The first part of the workshop provides an overview of the manufacturing process. The second part focuses on the Economic Vision 2030 with emphasis on the industries identified in the Vision and exporting.” He added, “After the workshop, the students visit factors that are examples of the Economic Vision’s objectives and exporting.”The factories visited by the students are leading examples of technology, innovation, as well as export development and the global competitiveness of Abu Dhabi companies.ADMD is the sixth largest producer of medical syringes globally, more than 400 million units per year. The company developed and patented internationally single-use syringes to reduce the spread of diseases through injection. The students saw the manufacturing process of the syringes that are exported to more than 90 countries globally. ADMD’s products are used by such organizations as UNICEF and the WHO.Emirates Float Glass is among the largest glass factories in the Middle East. The students toured the manufacturing process from the receiving of raw materials that are 99% pure to the cutting-to-specification and packaging of the finished glass using advanced robotics. Emirates Float Glass exports its glass to more than 50 countries.Mr. Al Katheeri expressed his hope for the program, “We want to expand the program to all schools in the Abu Dhabi.” He continued, “The program has achieved realistic results in terms of boosting the knowledge of male and female students. It has given them an opportunity to learn about scientific disciplines in the manufacturing sector as well as market opportunities outside the UAE.”
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