21 July, 2006
DUBAI AEROSPACE ENTERPRISE SPONSORS FARNBOROUGH’S
INTERNATIONAL YOUTH DAY
Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE), the US$15bn global aerospace company, today (Friday)
underpinned its continuing emergence within the industry by sponsoring International Youth Day at
the UK’s Farnborough International Airshow.
The initiative, opened officially on Thursday by the British Prime Minister, The Rt. Hon. Tony Blair,
was organised for the first time this year and attracted approximately 1,250 young people aged
between 15–23, who are studying aerospace and engineering-related courses.
Dr Mohammed Al Zarouni, Managing Director of DAE said: “Dubai Aerospace Enterprise is proud to
have been associated with the very first International Youth Day at Farnborough. It has been a
perfect showcase for DAE University, which will open its doors for students this autumn.
“This initiative has been an investment in our future generation and has enabled us to connect with
the young people who will be the aerospace industry of tomorrow. It has therefore been an ideal
platform for DAE to underline what an innovative and ambitious organisation we intend to become
within the next decade.”
DAE University, which opens this October, is a specialist aerospace institute and one of the six
divisions of DAE. Currently being established in Dubai, it will leverage strategic partnerships with
world-renowned international aerospace educational establishments including the UK’s highly
respected Cranfield University.
Offering a wide range of academic degrees and apprenticeship programmes, the University will be
fully developed by 2015, when 8,000 students a year will pass through its doors.
DAE participated in a number of events throughout International Youth Day including a ‘Fresher’s
Fair’, at which aspiring postgraduate students heard from DAE officials about the range of Masters
and Doctorate courses on offer at DAE University.
Around 50 students were invited to lunch at the DAE chalet, to hear more from senior executives
about DAE University and the company’s graduate recruitment programme, which will be
commencing shortly. After lunch, students were then able to watch the show’s spectacular flying
display, itself sponsored by DAE for the duration of the seven-day show, from the chalet’s viewing
At the closing ceremony of International Youth Day, DAE’s Project Director, Rashid Al Malik, gave a
short speech to thank the Youth Ambassadors who had escorted the groups of students around the
airshow during the day.
Addressing the ambassadors, he said: “The groups you have so ably led around the airshow today
have been given a wonderful insight into today’s aerospace sector and seen some of the incredible
initiatives already underway for our industry of tomorrow. DAE University, like the other elements of
Dubai Aerospace Enterprise, will form a key part of this industry in years to come and we hope you
have been truly inspired, just as we are, to help shape our industry for future generations.”
DAE believes its sponsorship of the Farnborough Airshow – the world’s biggest gathering of
aerospace professionals – was a suitable showcase to highlight its continuing emergence.
“We have taken steady and positive steps in building a business since announcing the formation of
DAE at the turn of the year,” said Dr Al Zarouni. “We began to tell the world about DAE at the
Singapore Airshow in February, immediately after our launch in Dubai.
Now, at the world’s biggest airshow at Farnborough, the combination of our sponsorships, our high
profile presence in the main exhibitors area, and the positive discussions we have had behind the
scenes with some of great names in aerospace, mean that we have make significant strides forward
in our plans for the future.”