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H H Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum receives honorary degree at Cass Business School Dubai graduation ceremony

45 EMBA students from 17 nationalities graduate in 2013 ceremony

nullHis Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman of Dubai Airports and Chairman and Chief Executive Emirates Airline Group, was last night presented with an honorary degree from City University London.

H H Sheikh Ahmed received the honour at the graduation ceremony for Cass's Dubai EMBA students. The ceremony was held under the patronage of H H Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and President of Dubai International Finance Centre (DIFC).

The award was made in recognition of H H Sheikh Ahmed's outstanding leadership in the development of professional sectors including aviation, finance, banking and entrepreneurship in the UAE.

The ceremony was held at the DIFC Conference Centre. 45 students graduated, celebrating the end of their two-year EMBA programme.

His Excellency Abdulla Mohammed Saleh, Governor of DIFC, said: "We congratulate the Executive EMBA programme students graduating from Cass Business School today. DIFC is proud to support human capital investment as a foundation for developing the regional financial services industry. We wish the new graduates the best of luck as together we continue to build a knowledge-based economy."

"It gives me enormous pleasure to present H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum with an honorary degree from City University London," said Professor Paul Curran, Vice-Chancellor of City University London. "This degree recognises the remarkable contribution H H Sheikh Ahmed has made to the development of both the region and the global economy. We are delighted that he has joined us as we congratulate our Cass Dubai students on the completion of their EMBA course."

The Cass Dubai Centre attracts students from all over the world and the 2013 graduates include representatives from the UAE, UK, Italy, the Netherlands, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Romania, Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon, Kazakhstan, KSA, Iran, Nigeria, India, USA and Australia.

Cass Dean Professor Steven Haberman, said: "As demonstrated earlier this month by the President of the UAE, H H  Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan's highly successful visit to the UK, the ties between our two countries continue to move from strength to strength. Since its inception in 2007, the Cass Dubai EMBA has striven to meet the needs of business executives in the Middle East and surrounding regions and I would like to congratulate our students on successfully completing the 24-month course."

Ehsan Razavizadeh, Regional Director, Middle East and North Africa and Head of the Dubai Centre said: "We were honoured to welcome His Highness Sheikh Ahmed to preside over our 2013 graduation ceremony. The Cass Dubai EMBA continues to attract talented, multilingual students from around the world. I look forward to monitoring their progress as they embark on the next stage of their business careers".

Read coverage of the ceremony in locally-based media:

Khalee Times
Dubai International Finance Centre
Wakalat Anba'a al-Emarat
SME Advisor Middle East

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