Academic Sponsors

University of Wollongong in Dubai (since 2009)

University of Wollongong in Dubai logoThe University of Wollongong in Dubai (UOWD) is one of the UAE's oldest and most prestigious universities. Established in 1993 by the University of Wollongong in Australia, currently ranked in the leading universities in the world, UOWD represented a very early Australian initiative in the Gulf region. From a small beginning opposite Al Mulla Plaza, through its landmark presence on Jumeirah Road to its current location at Dubai Knowledge Village, UOWD is now recognized as being an integral part of Dubai. As an independent UAE institution of higher education, UOWD attracts students not just from the UAE and Australia but from all over the world. Approximately 3,500 students representing almost a hundred nationalities are currently enrolled at UOWD and enjoy a quality academic experience. Read more at: http://www.uowdubai.ac.ae

Zayed University (since 2010)

Zayed University logoZayed University is an educational centre of excellence in an emerging and evolving nation. Proudly bearing the name of the founder of the nation – the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan – it stands for innovation, inspiration, and education. The University was founded in 1998 to prepare male and female leaders who will provide the knowledge and abilities this nation will need to enjoy a future of security and progress. It offers an academic program that prepares talented, ambitious and enthusiastic students for success in government, the arts, business, media and IT and to meet the challenges of a dynamic twenty-first century world. More about ZU at: http://www.zu.ac.ae



Educational & Research Sponsors

Emerald Publishing Group (since 2009)

Emerald Group Publishing logoThe Emerald Publishing Group is our Educational sponsor. The Journal of Strategy and Management (see http://www.emeraldinsight.com) will be sponsoring a special issue focusing on the Middle East North Africa on the theme “Managing in Uncertain Times” which will be a compilation of the best conference papers of the 2nd AIB-MENA. They are also sponsoring two awards:

  • Best Overall Academic Paper
  • Best Case Study Paper

Each winner will get a framed certificate and a year's subscription to the journal for the winner's, plus lots of exposure via the website.

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We have tied up with the Emerald Emerging Markets Case Studies which is a new online collection of peer-reviewed case studies focusing on business decision making and management development throughout key global emerging markets of Asia, Latin America, Africa, Eastern Europe and the Middle East. Cases are written by case writers working in developing economies, offering local perspectives with global appeal. For more see http://www.emeraldinsight.com/products/case_studies/ EEMCS is co-sponsoring the 2nd MENA case study competition with a first prize of USD 1000.


Palgrave MacMillan (since 2010)

Palgrave MacMillan organizes a Journal of International Business Studies (JIBS) Paper Development workshop every conference. JIBS is the official publication of Academy of International Business (AIB). JIBS 2010 Impact Factors as per the Thomson Reuters 2010 Journal Citation Reports (JCR) are as follows. The IF score for JIBS is 4.184, up from 3.766 in 2009. This scores place JIBS 3rd in the Business category of the JCR, an all time high position, and 8th in the Management category. The 2010 five-year IF score for JIBS is 5.539. More: http://www.palgrave-journals.com/jibs/index.html

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Industry Sponsors

Gold Sponsor
Abraaj Capital Ltd. (Since 2010)

ABRAAJ CAPITALThe Abraaj Capital group is a leading private equity manager investing in the rapidly growing economies of the Middle East, Africa, Turkey and Asia. Since inception in 2002, it has raised over US$ 7 billion and distributed around US$ 3 billion to investors. Headquartered in Dubai, the Abraaj Capital group employs over 150 people and has a presence in Riyadh, Istanbul, Cairo, Singapore, Mumbai, Karachi, Beirut, Ramallah, Amman, Casablanca and Tunis. The group’s flagship private equity business has helped accelerate and facilitate the growth of over 40 companies in 12 countries in the region, in attractive and fundamental sectors such as healthcare, education, energy, aviation and logistics, to name a few.  The Abraaj Capital group manages eight Funds: four Private Equity Funds, Riyada Enterprise Development (a Fund dedicated to small and medium enterprises), Kantara (a Fund dedicated to small and midcap enterprises in North Africa), ASAS (an income-generating, real estate Fund) and a 2004 vintage real estate Fund. The Abraaj Capital group currently manages over US$ 6 billion of equity assets. Funds managed by the Abraaj Capital group have holdings in over 35 companies in the region, which collectively employ in excess of 30,000 people, including Air Arabia, the region’s leading low-cost carrier, Acibadem Healthcare Group (Turkey’s largest privately owned hospital operator), and Al Borg Laboratories, the Middle East’s largest privately owned medical testing laboratory business.  In 2011, Abraaj Capital was ranked the largest private equity firm in emerging markets worldwide by Private Equity International. In addition, Abraaj Capital has won many regional and international awards, including the ‘Middle Eastern Private Equity Firm of the Year’ for six consecutive years, awarded by Private Equity International.  Abraaj Capital Limited, a member of the Abraaj Capital group is licensed by the Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA).  More about Abraaj: http://www.abraaj.com/content/about-us

Silver Sponsor
Al Ain Dairy

Silver: Al Ain Dairy logoAl Ain Dairy is one of the leading dairy Farms in the UAE and has just celebrated its 30th year. They supply cow’s and camel’s milk as well as a wide selection of dairy products and fruit juices to the local market. Since their establishment in 1981, their dairy has experienced considerable growth, from a mere 200 milking cows in the early 80s to well over 175,000 liters of Milk today. In terms of health and safety and corporate social responsibility, Al Ain Dairy is continually moving forwards with new ideas, certifications and accreditations such as HACCP, ISO 22,000 etc... To ensure that we become the preferred choice of dairy products in the UAE our vision is quite simple; to maintain excellent customer service and to offer a wide range of high quality products at affordable prices.
More about Al Ain Dairy: http://www.alaindairyuae.com/

Bronze sponsors
Jumeriah Group

Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts are regarded as among the most luxurious and innovative in the world and have won numerous international travel and tourism awards. The company was founded in 1997 with the aim to become a hospitality industry leader through establishing a world class portfolio of luxury hotels and resorts. Building on this success, in 2004 Jumeirah Group became a member of Dubai Holding - a collection of leading Dubai-based businesses and projects - in line with a new phase of growth and development for the Group. More information: http://www.jumeirah.com/en/Jumeirah-Group/About-Jumeirah-Group/


Department of and Commerce Marketing (DTCM)

The Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) was established in January 1997, replacing the Dubai Commerce and Tourism Promotion Board (DCTPB) that was itself set up in 1989. DTCM’s broad objectives are to increase the awareness of Dubai to global audiences and to attract tourists and inward investment into the emirate. It is empowered with the responsibility of organizing the marketing of tourism and commerce for Dubai. Today, DTCM is the principal authority for the planning, supervision and development of the tourism sector in Dubai. In addition, it is charged with the responsibility of licensing and classification of hotels, hotel apartments, tour operators, travel agents and all other tourism services. DTCM’s supervisory role covers archaeological and heritage sites and to ensure sustainable and responsible tourism for Dubai. It is also committed to conduct training programmes for personnel from the tourism industry to ensure that Dubai’s tourism industry continues its world-class development with world-class people involved at all levels. More about DTCM: http://www.dubaitourism.ae/about/background; More about the Definitely Dubai: http://www.definitelydubai.com/


Al-Arif Sons Travels

AL Arif Sons Travel is a privately held travel management company founded in 2005 by Hamad Al Arif. As a frequent traveler, Arif realized the travel management services required by corporations were beyond the resources of most travel agencies. He understood the need to customize and personalize corporate travel programs. By Concentrating on service and investing in technological innovation, Al Arif Sons Travel has grown to be the 5th largest travel management company in the United Arab Emirates. With travel associates and corporate on-site personnel, Travel Incorporated serves both the corporate and leisure traveler with the most advanced travel technology solutions, 24-hour assistance, the latest in management reporting technology and cost savings management programs, Web-based travel booking tools, and comprehensive travel management consulting. More about the company: http://www.alarifgroup.com/?m=groups&act=al_arif_sons_travels


Al Sharif Chartered Accountants

Al Sharif chartered accountants provide quality audit and assurance and other consulting services to the UAE business community. It mainly includes support services to the Judicial System of the country by providing expert and forensic accounting services, Arbitration, trust work and inheritances management. We have registration in local, federal courts of UAE, and are well equipped to carry out our professional services in all Emirates of UAE.

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