Ideas.Arabia International Conference starts
Khaleej Times – 22/04/2008
(MENAFN – Khaleej Times) Dubai Quality Group (DQG), an organisation dedicated to raising the general performance level of the local business environment, announced the start of the third annual Ideas.Arabia International Conference yesterday at Majlis Al Salam ballroom in Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai.
Shaikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation Department, and the patron of DQG, under whose patronage the event is being held, inaugurated the conference.
The two-day conference will gather international experts and regional businesses to discuss best practices and current trends concerning ‘suggestion schemes’, a human resource strategy that encourages ideas from non-management employees to enhance standardised procedures and improve quality.
The event was preceded by two workshops that were moderated by Bernie Sander, President of Innovation Transfer, and Thomas Dupre, IBM Learning Program Manager for Collaboration and Knowledge Sharing. The conference proper will include presentation sessions led by prominent speakers which include Andy Beddows, Chairman, IdeasUK; Chris O’Donnell, CEO, Nakheel; Abdulqader Obaid Ali, Chairman, Ideas.Arabia; Dr Akbar Jaffari, Chief Executive, Jaffari Consultants; and Strategic Innovator Jabir Walji.
“The Dubai Government recognises the important role of innovation in realising the vision of His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to develop Dubai as a global business hub, promoting business excellence and competitiveness. The potential for innovation is not exclusively found in corporate and public leaders, though; it dwells within all employees, and harnessing it spells greater success for organisations, and sustained growth for Dubai and the country as a whole,” said Marwan Al Sawleh, Chairman, DQG.
The conference’s major sponsors include Dubai Aluminium (Main); Dubai World and Dubai Electricity and Water Authority and Jumeirah Group (Platinum); Dubai Properties, the Kanoo Group, Commercial Bank of Dubai, Oman Insurance Co. (Gold); and Silver Al Khaleej Sugar Co., Ducab, Dubai Municipality, and Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Silver). The event will be capped by the announcement of the winners of the annual ‘Idea of the Year’ Award.