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AG Engineering awarded prestigious ‘Sword of Honour’ by British Safety Council

  • AG Engineering is the only construction company in the middle east to receive the accolade and one of only 66 globally
  • Recognised for the adoption of international best practices and commitment to Health & Safety measures
    AG Engineering awarded prestigious ‘Sword of Honour’ by British Safety Council
    Thursday 06 May 2021
    • AG Engineering is the only construction company in the middle east to receive the accolade and one of only 66 globally
    • Recognised for the adoption of international best practices and commitment to Health & Safety measures

    1st April 2021, Dubai, UAE: AG Engineering, a specialised building services and infrastructure projects company, has been awarded the British Safety Council’s Sword of Honour, in recognition of its rigorous application of Health and Safety practices in the workplace. AG Engineering is the only construction company established in the Middle East to receive this prestigious accolade, and one of only 66 organisations worldwide.

    In order to ensure worker welfare and mitigate health and safety risks, AG Engineering implements robust processes and training to uphold the highest standards of quality, health, safety and environmental protection. As part of Al Ghurair Investment, AG Engineering aims to enhance life in all that it does, equipping staff with the tools, resources and know-how to protect themselves, their colleagues and the safety culture is a key element of this. The award follows British Safety Council’s health and safety management audit, for which AG Engineering achieved the maximum five stars.

    Commenting on the milestone achievement, AG Engineering CEO, Jacob John, said: “At AG Engineering, we pride ourselves on a people-first approach and ensuring the wellbeing of our people is our highest priority. To be the first construction company in the region to receive the Sword of Honour is testament to our continual efforts to implement robust health and safety standards throughout our projects. This honour is only possible thanks to our employees’ commitment to best practices, and we are pleased that their efforts have been recognised by the British Safety Council.”

    Lawrence Waterman, Chairman of the British Safety Council, said: “On behalf of the board of trustees and staff of the British Safety Council I would like to congratulate AG Engineering on achieving the topmost standards of health, safety and environmental management.  Accomplishing such distinction takes real commitment and professionalism. We are delighted to have supported you in your achievements in what has been an unprecedented year given the COVID-19 pandemic.”

    Mike Robinson, Chief Executive of the British Safety Council, added: “I would like to congratulate AG Engineering for their steadfast dedication to keeping their workplace safe and healthy and/or minimising risks to the environment from their organisations’ day-to-day activities. This year presented an additional and significant challenge in the form of COVID-19 and I pay tribute to AG Engineering for its hard work and commitment through these challenging circumstances.

    “All of the Sword and Globe winning organisations share a commitment and resolve to achieve the uppermost standards of health, safety and environmental management. We are delighted that they are partners in helping achieve our vision that no-one should be injured or made ill through their work.     

    About AG Engineering

    AG Engineering LLC is a specialised building services and infrastructure projects company operating in the UAE construction sector. The organisation was established through the restructuring of one of the largest construction conglomerates in the Middle East by the Al Ghurair Investment in 2017. AG Engineering has accredited engineers in-house with designing experience that offers turnkey services, particularly in data centre projects and district cooling plants.

    AG Engineering operates and maintains robust quality, health, safety, environmental and business continuity management systems, aligned with the globally-recognised EFQM model for Business Excellence. The pivotal point of strength at AG Engineering is its leadership team, who are highly qualified, broadly experienced, and strongly established in the industry.

    For media enquiries, please contact:

    Sara O’Hara

    Group Senior Manager – Communications, Al Ghurair Investment

    Email: sara.ohara@al-ghurair.com

    Phone: +(971) 50 9299 540

Djamal Djouhri attends ‘Agritech – Enhancing Food Security in the UAE’

In April 2021, Djamal Djouhri, CEO of Al Ghurair Resources Oils & Proteins and Al Ghurair Foods LLC, took part in the MEED | Middle East Economic Digest webinar entitled ‘Agritech – Enhancing Food Security in the UAE’, organised by DP World, UAE Region and Jebel Ali Free Zone (Jafza).

Djamal Djouhri attends ‘Agritech – Enhancing Food Security in the UAE’
Tuesday 04 May 2021

In April 2021, Djamal Djouhri, CEO of Al Ghurair Resources Oils & Proteins and Al Ghurair Foods LLC, took part in the MEED | Middle East Economic Digest webinar entitled ‘Agritech – Enhancing Food Security in the UAE’, organised by DP World, UAE Region and Jebel Ali Free Zone (Jafza).

The event, which opened with a keynote speech from UAE Minister of State for Food and Water Security Mariam bint Mohammed Almheiri, centred around the UAE’s aim to further enhance food security and attain number one ranking in the Global Food Security Index by 2051

Speaking at the event, Djamal Djouhri, commented:

“Dubai is the gateway to 61 per cent of the UAE's F&B trade by value. Despite being a nation that is largely food secure, it is essential to carve a roadmap that will help us prepare for the challenges of the future, which can include increased pressure on demand and supply for food and water resources.”

Read the full article in its original location here.

MIT Innovation Leadership Bootcamp tackling regional youth unemployment

The MIT Innovation Leadership Bootcamp concluded last week , crowning 'Mehna' as the winning project, an online platform connecting STEM students in the UAE to companies in their industries. Organised by the Abdulla Al Ghurair Foundation for Education (AGFE), in collaboration with

MIT Innovation Leadership Bootcamp tackling regional youth unemployment
Tuesday 04 May 2021

The MIT Innovation Leadership Bootcamp concluded last week , crowning 'Mehna' as the winning project, an online platform connecting STEM students in the UAE to companies in their industries. Organised by the Abdulla Al Ghurair Foundation for Education (AGFE), in collaboration with

the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the United Arab Emirates University, the Bootcamp was the first of its kind in the region. During the 10-week process, 120 Emirati and Arab youth were tasked with creating innovative solutions to address youth unemployment in the region. 

Speaking about the event, HE Abdul Aziz Al Ghurair, Chairman of AGFE, said: 

“The success of the MIT Innovation Leadership Bootcamp is a reflection of our commitment to addressing youth unemployment in the Arab region through various means, including partnering with leading institutions such as MIT and UAEU to develop world-class programs for students. AGFE has a role to play in empowering Emirati and Arab youth to thrive and contribute to sustainable development by creating new opportunities in the Arab region, like the MIT Bootcamp.”

Read more here in an article from Education UAE.  

Harnessing skillsets of the future

In a new article with Khaleej TimesProfessor Mojtaba Moatamedi explains how Al Ghurair University (AGU) takes a purpose-led approach to education, striving to enhance life by enriching minds. 

Harnessing skillsets of the future
Monday 03 May 2021

In a new article with Khaleej TimesProfessor Mojtaba Moatamedi explains how Al Ghurair University (AGU) takes a purpose-led approach to education, striving to enhance life by enriching minds. 

Al Ghurair University (AGU) is one of the first private academic institutions licensed by the Ministry of Education of the United Arab Emirates. Founded in 1999 by Mr. Abdulla Ahmad Al Ghurair, AGU is a community-oriented university that enjoys strong links with the local industry, particularly Al Ghurair Investment. AGU presents a 22-year legacy, during which we have meticulously designed and developed our programmes to cover the latest industry trends. Our offered programmes equip students with the knowledge, the right skillset, and hands-on experience. Today, we are proud to see many AGU graduates working in high positions in both the public and private sectors. We are pleased to see our alumni, equipped with the knowledge and skills, growing in their jobs and career. 

Al Ghurair University has international accreditation from the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) for all engineering programmes that include Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Electronics Engineering (BSEEE), Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Engineering (BSCSE), and Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (BSME). Without a doubt, the primary beneficiaries of the ABET accreditation are our students and graduates. ABET accreditation makes certain that AGU students meet the educational requirements necessary to enter the profession. It further confirms understanding of best practices, ethics, and continuous learning and improvement. It also ensures better employability and opens doors of acceptance for further education within the UAE and abroad.

Constantly innovating, AGU has invested in developing a superior yet affordable quality learning environment, providing internationally benchmarked programmes taught by world-class faculty members. At AGU, we are always keen to offer contemporary designed programmes to equip students with the right skills to excel in the existing and potential future jobs. AGU offers bachelor's programmes such as electrical and electronic engineering, mechanical engineering, computer science and engineering, business administration, public relations, law, architecture, and interior design. We offer master's programmes in business administration and law. 

At AGU, prospective undergraduate and postgraduate students for the Fall 2021 intake qualify for an array of scholarships and grants, namely the Merit Scholarship, Early Bird Grant, Year of the 50th Grant, Siblings Grant, and more. 

AGU is a student-centred educational institution. We believe in the importance of the institution's role in the transformation of students. AGU expects the students to live up to its academic programmes' rigour, yet knowing that the institution will provide them with the needed support. We are putting in the best resources to ensure the programmes' quality and credibility, which is well-aligned with our purpose of 'Enhancing life by enriching minds'. 

"AGU is a community-oriented institution that seeks to serve the UAE and the wider GCC by graduating industry/market-ready individuals equipped with the knowledge and skills to sustain the region's continued development.  

AGU is committed to provide and maintain high-quality infrastructure and support services. To fulfil this commitment, the university offers such services to students, faculty, staff, and the community through a network of departments and units, including Student Recruitment and Admissions, Registration, Student Services, Library, IT, Career Planning and Placement Services. 

AGU takes great pride in the achievements of its students, past, and present. AGU is celebrating more than 22 years of success with its growing alumni network," comments Professor Mojtaba Moatamedi, President, Al Ghurair University.

“As a new learning style has been introduced due to the pandemic, our university has made us well informed and prepared in a timely manner. We have scheduled classes and sessions, and professors are available to guide us and teach us. We have been  discussing our projects, assignments, and models with them to receive feedback and, if required, any changes to be applied. Our university and professors have always supported us in our learning and make us feel connected to our sessions,” details Hussain A F Al-Tammam, College of Engineering and Computing.

Read the full article in its original location here.

  • Family businesses are a secret engine of economic recovery Thursday 15 April 2021

    In a new article with Arabian Business, John Iossifidis, GCEO, discusses how the agility, innovation and adaptability of family businesses are the secret engine to fuel post-pandemic economic recovery.

    The power of family values is also a key strength for attracting potential talent and employee retention

    Agility, innovation and adaptability all allow family businesses to drive post-pandemic economic recovery

    Family businesses are a secret engine of economic recovery

     John Iossifidis, Group CEO of Al Ghurair Investment

     Family businesses have been fundamental contributors to and enablers of the ambitious change in the UAE since the formation of the country.

    Woven into the very fabric of the nation and firmly at the heart of the UAE’s economy, these local family businesses can trace their roots back to the pre-oil days, when pearl diving and fishing were the mainstays of the economy. Over the last six decades, they have continuously transformed, reinventing themselves to align to the changing economic climate, industry trends, and in alliance with the vision of the country itself.

    This cultural and mercantile heritage is preserved by Emirati family businesses to this day – consistently upholding the core traits that have enabled them to survive, and thrive: agility, innovation and adaptability.

    It is these very traits that will be driving forces of the economic recovery and sustainable post-pandemic growth. With neither drumroll nor fanfare, local family businesses have embarked on a mission that will see the economy not only rebound, but rise to new heights.

    The stewardship of a family business is, invariably, about building, nurturing and passing down an enhanced legacy to future generations. As businesses with a heart, priorities go far beyond the bottom line; they are driven by purpose.

    In accordance with the UAE’s leadership, family businesses have been – and remain – visionary proponents of the country’s prosperity and success. They have proven their commitment to longevity through adapting and diversifying holdings, growing at a pace that outstrips their Western counterparts. With a dogged focus on diversification, they now dominate key industry sectors, from food, to retail, to hospitality, putting them far ahead of their global equivalents.

    But how do family businesses drive economic recovery and sustainable post-pandemic growth?

    Maximise longevity

    Purpose-led family businesses often outperform markets due to their focus on the long-term, demonstrating resilience and aptitude for growth. Family businesses need to develop rigorous efficacy tests and well-defined proof of concepts, with the ultimate aim of safeguarding and building on an existing, solid legacy. Due to the bottom-line-focused quarterly reporting cycle in public companies, this extent of innovative thinking – and breathing space – is rarely possible.

    Uphold values

    According to a PwC survey, 88 percent of Middle Eastern businesses have a clear sense of agreed values and purpose. As businesses and families grow throughout generations, it is crucial to keep these guiding beliefs that drive business continuity and legacy intact. The power of family values is also a key strength for attracting potential talent and employee retention. Moreover, consumers have an increasing preference for value-driven brands that are aligned to their personal ideals and priorities. In this way, upholding consistent values can boost customer loyalty and build brand value, while, on the internal side, common values and a shared sense of purpose cultivate a family business that transcends generations.

    Embrace innovation

    A business’ desire to innovate is key to a post-pandemic recovery. Thanks to the agility and adaptability of their core business models, family businesses have an innate ability to move faster than large multi-nationals. As the government embarks on the journey towards building a diversified, productive economy laid, in line with the UAE Centennial 2071 vision, UAE family businesses remain ideally placed to support and enable this transformation.

    With the pandemic continuing to put stress on the global economy, family businesses are rising to the challenge and, not only adapting to, but embracing the changing market forces – putting them on the path to becoming the secret engine of post-pandemic recovery. Now, as family businesses are called upon to drive the next phase of development, Al Ghurair and other family businesses, must build on their legacy, and embrace digitalisation and innovation.

    John Iossifidis, Group CEO of Al Ghurair Investment