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Nine universities join initiative to boost online learning

Nine UAE universities have joined the University Consortium for Quality Online Learning (UCQOL), an initiative of the Ministry of Education – UAE and the Abdulla Al Ghurair Foundation for Education (AGFE). 

Nine universities join initiative to boost online learning
Tuesday 02 February 2021

Nine UAE universities have joined the University Consortium for Quality Online Learning (UCQOL), an initiative of the Ministry of Education – UAE and the Abdulla Al Ghurair Foundation for Education (AGFE). 

The universities will undertake a needs assessment, after which each university will receive a capacity building guideline report, as well as program design and delivery journey. "This partnership is of exceptional importance as the private sector is a strategic partner in this project, represented by the Abdullah Al Ghurair Foundation for Education,” said Dr Muhammad Al Mualla, undersecretary of the Ministry of Education for Academic Affairs.

Read the full article on Gulf Business here.

Al Ghurair Properties innovates to beat Covid-19 challenges

  • Company shows growth with digitalisation and unique tenant app
Al Ghurair Properties innovates to beat Covid-19 challenges
Monday 21 December 2020
  • Company shows growth with digitalisation and unique tenant app

The UAE real estate sector has long been central to the country’s economic growth, therefore the shocking arrival of Covid-19 left many of the top players wondering about the way forward.

But one real estate firm has led by example - Al Ghurair Properties, both during the height of the pandemic, and now as we ease into the new normal.

The company has been fiercely proactive in facing recent challenges and shown what innovation and a customer-centric approach can achieve. The result is growth even amid the pandemic, helped greatly by a well-designed new website and the game-changing Al Ghurair Tenant portal app.

“I think we have shown just how ripe the UAE rental market was for digital disruption and improvements,” says Haytham Nasr, Head of Marketing, Al Ghurair Properties. “The company has undergone a rapid and highly effective digital transformation, from the launch of our engaging new website, commencing 360-degree virtual tours and online booking appointments, to the introduction of the innovative Al Ghurair Tenant portal app soon after.”

It’s easy to see why the user-friendly, all-in-one app has been so well received. It allows tenants to log maintenance requests, renew their contracts, pay online, and access a host of other services anytime, from anywhere.

“Building awareness of these key features, plus the overall asset portfolio of more than 4,000 units, and the values that Al Ghurair stands for – such as the importance of community – were imperative in driving success and ultimately conversions,” adds Nasr. “The results have been very positive with significant growth shown during a period of relative instability brought about by the pandemic.”

There had been plenty of interest across the Al Ghurair portfolio even at the height of pandemic uncertainty mid-year. Centrally located developments in urban communities such as Deira, Bur Dubai and Barsha provide an appealing living proposition for new and old residents of Dubai.

All developments are in areas where the emirate has its finest infrastructure in terms of connectivity and ease of living, where metro stations, schools, hospitals and shopping malls are within a ten-minute walking distance from most of the properties. Hence the company slogan #liveinthecentre.

The company is proud of its achievements and can point to some impressive statistics. In 2020, the average occupancy rate of one-year old Al Ghurair buildings has been around 80 per cent; the year-to-year growth in terms of units was 3,062 in 2019 and 4,018 this year – with a 24 per cent increase in portfolio size. Seven new commercial developments have already been launched in 2020 and nine new projects are in the pipeline for 2021.

So, what has been the secret sauce for Al Ghurair?

“There has been a twofold marketing approach, with a focus on creating awareness and lead generation,” explains Nasr. “This developed our targeting by feeding conversion data back into our targeted audiences, which increased our pre- and post-Covid conversion rates.”

The appeal of Al Ghurair’s eye-catching properties is clearly part of the equation. Beautifully thought-out, light and spacious, they are ideal for open-plan living and boast calm sweeping spaces, elegant interiors and seamlessly simple connections.

Good examples are the chic and contemporary Manazil Al Barsha Villas 05, Manazil Al Barsha Villas 06, and Manazil Al Barsha Villas 07, which have achieved a 92 per cent occupancy rate. They tick all the boxes, from aesthetic living to comfort and convenience with easy access to Shaikh Zayed Road and Al Khail Road. “With thoughtful design and glorious finishing, Manazil Al Barsha villas raise the bar when it comes to elite living,” says Nasr.

This December, the company will launch its fourth set of extensions of Barsha Villas – new premium four-bedroom villas located in the heart of the area.

There are some amazing deals on the table too. Al Ghurair currently has a new limited offer: a three-bedroom at the reduced rental rate of Dh80,000 at Manazil Al Barsha 01, Manazil Al Barsha 02 and Manazil Al Barsha 03. This includes one month rent-free, no commission, and a flexible payment plan up to 12 cheques.

It’s enough to give any prospective Dubai renter an excited shiver up their spine.

Read the article in its original location in Gulf News here

Al Ghurair Aluminium completes ITCC Tower in Riyadh

Al Ghurair Aluminium, part of the Al Ghurair Investment, has successfully completed the façade of the prestigious Information Technology and Communication Complex (ITCC) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Al Ghurair Aluminium completes ITCC Tower in Riyadh
Thursday 10 December 2020

Al Ghurair Aluminium, part of the Al Ghurair Investment, has successfully completed the façade of the prestigious Information Technology and Communication Complex (ITCC) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Classed as a ‘mega project’, this mixed-use development incorporates residential, commercial and hospitality units. With a complex structure consisting of a unitized curtain wall system of external screens suspended from the tower roof, the façade spans an area of 212,000m2, making it one of the largest-scale projects undertaken by the business.

Al Ghurair University (AGU) receives international accreditation from the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET)

  • All AGU Bachelor programs in Engineering have been ABET accredited, as the university celebrates its 20th anniversary year;
Al Ghurair University (AGU) receives international accreditation from the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET)
Tuesday 08 December 2020
  • All AGU Bachelor programs in Engineering have been ABET accredited, as the university celebrates its 20th anniversary year;
  • AGU becomes one of only four institutions in the UAE to have all its bachelor programs accredited by ABET;
  • This key milestone strengthens the position of the UAE education sector on an international platform and supports the UAE’s Vision 2030 goal to provide world-class education opportunities and greater employability for its graduates.

November 2020, Dubai, UAE:

Al Ghurair University (AGU), one of the first private and leading academic institutions in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), announced today that all bachelor degree programs provided under the College of Engineering and Computing have received accreditation from the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, the global accreditor of college and university programs in applied and natural science, computing, engineering and engineering technology. The university’s Bachelor programs in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Computer Science Engineering each received this prestigious accreditation.

ABET accreditation assures that programs meet the required standards to yield graduates with the essential skills and expertise necessary to enter critical fields in emerging technologies. During the accreditation process, the program curricula, faculty and facilities undergo rigorous review and examination, conducted by teams of highly experienced professionals from academia and industry.

As an internationally recognized and sought-after standard of excellence, the accreditation is a key selection consideration amongst students with an interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and, Mathematics) disciplines, providing confidence of a high-standard education to begin their journey towards a successful career in the global workforce.

Commenting on the accreditation, Mr. Arturo Lujan, CEO – Ventures at Al Ghurair Investments and member of Al Ghurair University Board of Governors said: "We are proud to be one of only four institutions in the UAE to have all its engineering bachelor programs accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). This demonstrates the strength, leadership and attractiveness of the programs offered by AGU’s flagship College of Computing & Engineering.

With this international recognition of quality, AGU is contributing to raising the standard of excellence in the country’s educational sector in line with the UAE’s both the Vision 2021 and Vision 2030 plans. Today, we celebrate this new milestone as we aspire to become a leading learner-centered private university in the GCC region, building generations of graduates equipped with the advanced technical knowledge, skills and capabilities to conquer the UAE and international job markets, while increasing the employability of our students.”

 Dr. Mojtaba Moatamedi, Dean of the College of Computing and Engineering said: “Our bachelor programs are rooted in the desire to develop our students’ intellectual, critical thinking, practical skills and creative abilities, to enhance learning capabilities and ultimate the employability of our graduates. We strive to empower and enable our students to succeed.

 As one of very few academic institutions in the UAE to meet the quality standards and criteria for ABET, we are proud that this will now further equip our graduates with the competitive edge to shine in the international job market – broadening their horizons and career opportunities for the future.”

About the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET)

 ABET is a nonprofit organization that accredits college and university programs in applied and natural science, computing, engineering and engineering technology. Our approach, the standards we set and the quality we guarantee, inspires confidence in those who aim to build a better world — one that is safer, more efficient, more comfortable and more sustainable.

With ABET accreditation, students, employers and the society we serve can be confident that a program meets the quality standards that produce graduates prepared to enter a global workforce. We currently accredit 4,307 programs at 846 institutions in 41 countries worldwide. www.abet.org

About Al Ghurair University (AGU)

Al Ghurair University is one of the first private academic institutions licensed by the Ministry of Education of the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Founded in 1999 by the prominent Al Ghurair family, AGU is a community-oriented university that enjoys strong links with local industry. The university is committed to creating a bolder, brighter future for all its students, offering a comprehensive set of accredited and internationally recognized programs that are tailored to serve the needs of the UAE and the wider GCC markets.

Our courses are meticulously designed to cover the latest industry trends and equip students with the knowledge, right skillset and hands-on experience to excel in the job of their dream.

Constantly innovating, AGU has invested in the development of a superior yet affordable quality learning environment, providing internationally benchmarked programs taught by world-class faculty members. AGU boasts a state-of-the-art campus conveniently located in Dubai International Academic City.

 

  • UAE's Al Ghurair University appoints new president Sunday 15 October 2017

    UAE-based Al Ghurair University, one of the premier universities in the Gulf region, has appointed Prof Basem Alzahabi as its new president ahead of the opening of the 2017-2018 academic year.

    Al Ghurair University (AGU), one of the premier universities in the Gulf region, has appointed Prof Basem Alzahabi as its new president ahead of the opening of the 2017-2018 academic year.


    AGU, a unit of UAE-based diversified conglomerate Al Ghurair, said in his new role, Prof Alzahabi will oversee the development of the university in terms of elevating the standard of education and adopting global best practices for advanced learning.

    He joins AGU from Kettering University in Michigan, US, where he had been director of the office of international programs and chair of engineering design since 2011.

    In his previous position, he provided leadership and support for relationships with international universities, companies, governments and other institutions, and working in developing international programs.

    He also officially represented Kettering to US and foreign government agencies concerning international and cultural issues while developing new funding opportunities for the university.

    Alzahabi initially joined Kettering as Professor of Mechanical Engineering in 1998.

    On his new role, Prof Alzahabi said: "I am thrilled to be entering a new stage in my career as president of one of the most prestigious educational institutions in the Gulf region. AGU has made a name for its progressive approach to education while staying connected to the heritage that makes it utterly unique."

    Educated to doctorate level, Prof Alzahabi holds a Ph D in Civil Engineering and two MS degrees in both Civil Engineering and Applied Mechanics and Engineering Science from The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

    Ibrahim Al Ghurair, a board member at Al Ghurair, said: "We are absolutely confident that Prof Alzahabi’s esteemed career in education will be a tremendous addition to the university. AGU will surely be leveraging his experience in further raising our institution, together with our students and faculty, to new levels of academic excellence."

    "With his arrival, we will see a fresh new approach to training and educational collaboration that will elevate AGU’s global competitiveness," he added.