Nov. 14, 2017. Federal National Council, UAE: Students from the Introduction to Political Sciences Class with Dr. Wided Dafri visited the FNC on giving students the opportunity to see how the legislative authority in UAE is administered.

The visit was divided into three stages; firstly to attend parliamentary sessions and see how deputies discussed the rules and voting process. During the second stage the students met with HE deputy Mrs. Naima Al-Sharhan (a member of the Education Committee in Parliament), who provided an overview of the Council and the role of the Deputies

Thanking the students for visiting she encouraged local students to be potential deputies in the future.

The final stage of the visit stage involved visiting the FNC Museum where the students were briefed on the history of FNC and were shown details of previous Presidents of the Council.

During the visit, the students saw the different gifts received from different parliaments in the Arab or non-Arab countries. Students were also shown examples of gifts that the FNC offers to others Councils.

Speaking about the visit Dr Wided said that it was fruitful and helped students widen their knowledge and aspirations.

One student “Abdulla Rashed AlKetbi”, said: “the visit encouraged me to study more and more to achieve a good GPA, and be one of the FNC employees.” Visiting students were very optimistic and expressed their desire to be members of FNC.


Filed on July 22, 2016 | Last updated on July 22, 2016 at 08.04 pm

The first of the training sessions will be held on October 17 and 18, 2016, with registration open until September 28.

Canadian University Dubai (CUD) has joined hands with leading international etiquette expert, Marchioness Mita Luciani Ranier, to develop a unique suite of corporate training programmes on protocol and diplomacy in a business context.


A descendent from Italian nobility, Marchioness Mita is head of Galateo International Etiquette and Protocol School in Rome. Having acquired extensive experience of delivering custom-made programs to a diverse range of clients around the world, Marchioness Mita will now bring her unique expertise to help organisations in the UAE to understand the principles and practices of general and corporate etiquette in a globalised business environment.

The new programmes are built on the Galateo concept - a blueprint for good manners that was published in the 16th century by Monsignore Giovanni della Casa, a Venetian ambassador, renowned for his refinement.

The first of the training sessions will be held on October 17 and 18, 2016, with registration open until September 28. Each session will be dedicated to a specific topic, which will be taught in a combination of lectures, workshops, and even role-plays.

The courses will cover topics such as personal communication, body and verbal language, the dynamics of cultural diversity, and international protocol and diplomatic etiquette. The training will also adapt age-old principles to modern times, covering subjects such as communication with phones, email and social media.

The new programmes will complement CUD's current corporate training curriculum, which includes courses such as International Trade & Corporate Diplomacy, and Building Competence in a Cross-Cultural Environment.

It is also anticipated that there will be opportunities for undergraduate students in the School of Communication and Media Studies to benefit from Marchioness Mita's expertise, through dedicated workshops around specific etiquette and protocol-related themes. Speaking about the importance of the subject matter, Marchioness Mita said: "Knowing the rules of etiquette is a universal language. Learning this language empowers you to gain self-confidence in all situations of your life, either private or professional."

(MENAFNEditorial) Graduation ceremony takes on a family feel as siblings celebrate their success together

Dubai UAE May 1 2016: His Excellency Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development has presided over the 6th convocation of Canadian University Dubai (CUD) in a ceremony that commemorated the 10th anniversary of the University’s establishment in the UAE.

Alongside the anniversary celebrations this year’s event had a genuine family feel as several sets of sibling celebrated their success together. The ceremony also saw The Honorable Jean Charest 29th Premier of Qubec and former Deputy Prime Minister of Canada receive an honorary doctorate degree.

Accepting the award Mr. Charest said ''I have dedicated my political life to the idea of Canada and for this reason I am deeply honored to receive this doctorate from CUD. On the surface Dubai and Canada seem worlds apart but they are moving forward in the same direction.

''Both are countries of great diversity standing out in the move towards a knowledge based economy and promoting the movement of people. CUD is the strongest symbol of the shared values between Canada and the UAE.''

University Chancellor Mr. Buti Saeed Al Ghandi; Vice-Chancellor and President Dr. Karim Chelli; Canadian Ambassador to the UAE His Excellency Dr. Arif Lalani; and the CUD Board of Trustees also presided over the graduation ceremony which this year saw the award of 466 degrees.

Among the siblings graduating in front of a full-house at Sheikh Rashid Hall Dubai World Trade Centre were brother and sister Shaikh Abdulaziz Humaid Abdulaziz Al Qassimi and Shaikha Amna Humaid Abdulaziz Humaid Al Qassimi both being conferred with a Master of Business Administration in General Management.

Speaking about her experience Shaikha Amna said “My educational journey in CUD started after a short conversation I had with a person who holds a special place in my heart; my eldest brother Abdulaziz. By challenging ourselves and passing through this life-chapter together we''ve flipped pages and made a book of memorable moments that we’ll cherish for as long as we live. Our journey as siblings continues beyond CUD. Whenever one of us gets lost in the maze of life the other one will figure out a way to guide the other out.”

Meanwhile it was a triple celebration for the Theyab family with brothers Moath and Saif and sister Eman all graduating from the same program on the same day. The three Bachelor of Communications graduates followed in the footsteps of their older brother Kamel who completed his MBA at CUD.

Moath revealed “It has been a long journey to reach this day but to share it with my brother and sister has been a real motivation. We have been lucky to be able to work together share our ideas and also to experience the highs and work through the lows together. Today is a proud day for all of our family.”

Before conferring degrees upon the graduates HE Sheikh Nahyan congratulated the entire CUD community saying “This year''s graduation ceremony is particularly important in the history of this university as we celebrate ten successful years during which it has established itself as an essential part of the educational structure in the United Arab Emirates. I congratulate all members of the university community and thank them for their efforts in making this university an important part of the knowledge society.”

Addressing the graduates he said “I would like to remind you today that graduation from university is the beginning of a new phase in your life. You are all with the help of God a source of pride to the university and the city of Dubai and the UAE and today we express our full confidence in your high levels of qualification and initiative outstanding performance and ethical conduct and I pray to God Almighty to grant you success and to achieve each one of you all of your aspirations for success and excellence.”

Speaking on behalf of the graduates at the ceremony Bachelor of Architecture major Reem Sultan Saeed Al Mansoori said “I must express what a great honour it is for us to become members of the Canadian University Dubai class of 2016. Not only do we celebrate our personal journeys to success but we also share in the pride of the entire university community as we mark the tenth anniversary of this great institution.”

Paying tribute to the wise leadership of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan President of the UAE His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and the Rulers of the Emirates she concluded “I am ready to become a contributing member to the UAE society and pledge to represent my country and CUD in the foremost possible way that would make my family proud of me.”

About Canadian University Dubai

Canadian University Dubai (CUD) was established in 2006 to deliver high-quality undergraduate graduate continuing education and corporate training programs in the UAE and also provide a gateway for students to pursue higher education opportunities in Canada. CUD is located in the heart of Dubai’s downtown business district and each of our academic programs is based on Canadian curriculum and education principles. This gives students the opportunity to obtain a Canadian education while experiencing the unique culture and values of the United Arab Emirates. With over 100 different nationalities that call our University home our diverse student community is building bridges across cultures and continents in one of the world’s most dynamic cities.