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MEED: Investing in Food Security

In the Gulf, the hot, arid climate presents obvious challenges for large-scale agricultural solutions, meaning food security has long been a priority focus across the region. Over recent decades, economic shifts and population growth have brought increased demand, placing additional pressure on food networks. As global food suppliers become increasingly stretched by rising demand, the focus is shifting from production capacity and volume, to achieving greater efficiency and self-sufficiency – using cutting-edge technologies and innovative solutions.

MEED: Investing in Food Security
Tuesday 22 June 2021

In the Gulf, the hot, arid climate presents obvious challenges for large-scale agricultural solutions, meaning food security has long been a priority focus across the region. Over recent decades, economic shifts and population growth have brought increased demand, placing additional pressure on food networks. As global food suppliers become increasingly stretched by rising demand, the focus is shifting from production capacity and volume, to achieving greater efficiency and self-sufficiency – using cutting-edge technologies and innovative solutions.


'Investing in Food Security', the first MEED | Middle East Economic Digest-Mashreq Bank services and manufacturing roundtable, brought together industry experts from across the UAE, including Djamal Djouhri from Al Ghurair Foods LLC, to discuss opportunities for building a more resilient food ecosystem. Speaking at the roundtable discussion, Djamal commented:
“Everybody has a different definition of food security, what commodities it encapsulates and what is the threshold. Does it mean no imports? Some imports? We’re not sure. We need to better understand: what is the regulator’s vision for food security? And we need clearer definitions on what is the private sector’s role and how we can invest in and support this change as well.” Read the full report here: https://bit.ly/3gJTRqi

AG Facilities wins Sustainable Initiative of the Year at the 2021 Innovation in Facilities Management Awards held by Construction Business News

  • AG Facilities was awarded the Sustainable Initiative of the Year for the Ghaf  Tree Planting Project
    AG Facilities wins Sustainable Initiative of the Year at the 2021 Innovation in Facilities Management Awards held by Construction Business News
    Wednesday 16 June 2021
    • AG Facilities was awarded the Sustainable Initiative of the Year for the Ghaf  Tree Planting Project

       

    • The project was in partnership with CAFU to reduce emissions and mitigate climate change by planting more than one million Ghaf  trees across the country using drones

      16 June 2021, Dubai, UAE: AG Facilities, one of the leading facility management companies in the UAE, was awarded the Sustainable Initiative of the Year at the Innovation in Facilities Management Awards, one of the region’s leading events recognising individual excellence, corporate strength, and project success. AG Facilities was presented with the award at a gala dinner ceremony which took place at Sofitel Dubai The Obelisk.

      The prestigious award was presented to AG Facilities for its outstanding efforts in supporting the innovative Ghaf Tree PlantingProject, launched by CAFU, to reduce emissions and mitigate climate change in the UAE. Earlier this year, AG Facilities and MBM its subsidiary ‘soft services’ company partnered with CAFU to support the project by providing critical manpower to gather and prepare Ghaf seed pods prior to planting.

      Travelling across the country, the team collected more than one million pods from numerous sources and transported them back to a central location in Dubai. Once collected, the pods were cleaned and treated, before the seeds were extracted and prepared for planting. The Ghaf tree was selected for this initiative as it is drought-tolerant, requiring very little water or maintenance, and is able to absorb more than 34kg of CO2 per year, equating to more than 4.1 million metric tonnes during the course of is 120-year lifespan.

      Commenting on this achievement, John Iossifidis, Group CEO at Al Ghurair Investment, said: “The Ghaf Tree Planting Project is an innovative, transformational project that will play a vital role in combating climate change in the country for generations to come. We are proud to be part of leaving such a significant legacy for the future. It is an honour to be recognised by the Innovation in Facilities Management Awards, and this win is a testament to our commitment towards ensuring a sustainable future for the communities in which we operate.”

      He added, “As we move into a post-COVID-19 environment, climate change is at the top of the agenda for governments and policy makers across the globe – but the responsibility for action does not just sit solely at policy or government level, it is an essential obligation for both businesses and individuals alike. Only together, can we shape a better world for tomorrow.”

      Mohamed Adil Haneef, Chief Operating Officer at AG Facilities said: “We are honoured to win the Sustainable Initiative of the Year at the 2021 Innovation in Facilities Management Awards. Sustainability is at the core of our business’ agenda and the Ghaf Tree Planting Project represents our enduring commitment to making the world a better place to live. We would like to thank CAFU for the opportunity to collaborate on such a milestone project, as well as the Leadership team of Al Ghurair Investment for the dedication to best practices and social impact.”

Education fund announces third round of grants to support refugees

The Abdul Aziz Al Ghurair Refugee Education Fund has announced the launch of its third cycle of grants for refugees in Jordan and Lebanon, coinciding with #WorldRefugeeDay on 20th June. The grants will provide access to educational courses to teach skills to those displaced from their home countries.

Education fund announces third round of grants to support refugees
Wednesday 23 June 2021

The Abdul Aziz Al Ghurair Refugee Education Fund has announced the launch of its third cycle of grants for refugees in Jordan and Lebanon, coinciding with #WorldRefugeeDay on 20th June. The grants will provide access to educational courses to teach skills to those displaced from their home countries.

Speaking about the initiative, H.E. Abdul Aziz Al Ghurair, stated: "I wanted to make sure that we would not be just another donor, but that we would create real partnerships to have greater impact for these youth.

This fund recognises that the most vulnerable Arab youth need education and the surrounding support to assure they find a pathway to work and entrepreneurship,"

The Abdul Aziz Al Ghurair Refugee Education Fund's third round of grants will aim to make a difference to the lives of more than 38,500 refugees.

Read the full article in The National here: https://bit.ly/2TMJpFv

  • Harnessing skillsets of the future Monday 03 May 2021

    In a new article with Khaleej Times, Professor 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.