United Arab Emirates
Located on the tip
of the Arabian peninsula, the United Arab Emirates is a prosperous, modern, peaceful
nation. Founded in 1971, the country is young and dynamic, with a progressive
leadership that is setting new trends in development for the Gulf region. The
leadership and most segments of the population desire more prominent roles for
women, who work side-by-side with men and, in fact, outnumber them in the country's
higher education system. The country hosts a large population of expatriates,
who live and work in a safe, tolerant and welcoming environment.
United Arab Emirates, a rich and enduring cultural heritage blends with the energy
and excitement of one of the most rapidly changing areas on earth.
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A City on the Move
Dubai is a thriving tourist
destination that hosted almost five million visitors in 2003. The city is also
a commercial hub linking the Middle East, Europe, Africa and the Indian subcontinent,
and a regional center for finance, health care, information technology and media.
Awe-inspiring development projects such as Burj
Dubai (world's tallest tower), The
Dubai Mall (world's largest shopping mall), Dubailand
(a colossal leisure and entertainment complex), and offshore property development
ventures such as The Palms
and The World are rapidly
transforming Dubai into city unlike any other in the world.
sunshine, sea, sand, sports, desert excursions, unbeatable shopping, top-class
hotels and restaurants, an intriguing traditional culture, and a safe and inviting
atmosphere, Dubai offers visitors the conference opportunity of a lifetime.
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University was founded in 1998 to offer four-year baccalaureate degrees to the
young women of the United Arab Emirates. The University also currently offers
three master's degree programs. Approximately 2300 students attend the University,
which has campuses in both Abu Dhabi and Dubai.
University's mission is to prepare students for meaningful and successful twenty-first
century lives, support the economic and social advancement of the U.A.E., and
foster and promote the advancement of excellence and leadership. It seeks to accomplish
this by producing graduates who, in addition to excelling in Arabic and English,
are masters of the computer, well-grounded in the academic disciplines, fully
prepared in a professional field and capable of providing leadership in the home,
community and nation.
The curriculum of the
University is modeled upon the best educational practices of leading universities
around the world, but especially those found in the highest quality universities
and colleges in the United States.
Woven throughout the curriculum,
leadership development has been a core emphasis of the University since its beginning.
The Universitys educational model equips women with the thinking and leadership
skills they will need to assume positions of responsibility in business, government
and family. Recently, ZU took another step by establishing the Sheikha Fatima
Leadership Institute, a university program which hosts targeted training programs,
workshops and other events designed to give students the skills and confidence
to realize their potential and affect positive change.
Find out more information
about the university here.
Jumeirah, The Arabian Resort
sessions will be held at the Madinat Jumeirah, a spectacular resort with one of
the region's leading conference centers. Styled to resemble an ancient Arabian
citadel, the resort is a magnificent tribute to Dubai's heritage. Luxurious and
ornate, the Madinat Jumeirah is adjacent to the famous Burj al-Arab Hotel, the
Wild Wadi water theme park, the Jumeirah beach, and a fantastic array of restaurants
and shopping opportunities.
For more information,
please visit the Madinat
Jumeirah web site.
All conference attendees and
spouses are invited to attend a special Gala Dinner, as well as a desert barbeque
evening, as part of the conference package.
activities packages will be available on March 13 and 17, including a tour of
Dubai, desert safari, dune bashing, and a variety of other options. Download detailed
information and a booking form for optional activities here.
Note that booking is done direct through the tour operator.