Dubai added as GIM destinations
between locales extend Kellogg global perspective and offer
students new business insights
and Dubai are relatively close on the world map, but in some
ways they could be worlds away: One is a country rich in history
and culture spanning centuries; the other is emerging as a
world-class city developing at breakneck speed.
students experienced these extremes while traveling on the
Initiatives in Management trip to these locales.
Istanbul being one of the oldest cities in the world and Dubai
one of the newer emerging cities, we created this trip to
be a contrast between the two," said Zoravar Dhaliwal
'08, co-leader for the excursion.
destinations were chosen when Dhaliwal and Raz Malik '08
were independently planning trips to the region. Malik said
he wanted to share the positive experiences he had in Turkey
and Dubai with other Kellogg students. "Being a Muslim,
I wanted my colleagues to see that not all Muslim countries
are unadvisable to visit," he said.
Koester and Zoravar Dhaliwal (both '08) thank the Dubai
Ports Authority representative after a presentation.
Koita, Ben Hockenberg (both '08) and GIM Program Assistant
Laura Bunch listen to Malcolm Walker, senior executive
officer, Standard Chartered, discuss Dubai International
Financial Centre's growth plans.
motivation was similar. "The media had [negatively] highlighted
that part of the world, but I knew there were positive experiences
Malik and Dhaliwal connected, they recruited other committee
leaders for the trip. With marketing and the assistance of
faculty adviser Edmund Wilson '84, associate dean emeritus,
they established the course, which quickly attracted 35 students.
Wilson passed down the wisdom from his GIM trips and gave
us the freedom to operate," Dhaliwal said.
leaders said they designed a challenging curriculum for Turkey
and Dubai, which have been the subject of relatively few business
addition to studying the region's business, Malik said students
gave presentations on cultural topics and practiced Turkish
and Arabic during the 10-week GIM course. Before the trip,
they participated in a mock debate over whether Turkey should
enter the European Union. During the trip, the students' itinerary
packed in visits to government officials, finance and development
companies, and Kellogg alumni. In Turkey, students met with
Abdullah Gul, the country's foreign minister; Ali Babacan
'92, finance minister and chief EU negotiator; and Koc
Holdings, the country's top industrial conglomerate. A highlight
was meeting with Hüsnü Özyegin, founder and chairman
of Finansbank and Turkey's wealthiest man.
in Dubai, meanwhile, included visiting Nakheel, a government-owned
real estate developer that is building the famous Palm and
World Islands; Istithmar, the government's private equity
arm; and DubaiLand, a massive new amusement park.
scale of things being planned is just gigantic," Wilson
trip is over, but Malik and Dhaliwal are seeking to make Turkey-Dubai
a permanent GIM offering. –AM
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