05.02.2016 - 09.02.2016
The 3rd International Study Tour to UAE was organized by the IMS Ghaziabad from 5th – 9th February 2016 for its PGDM Students. A group of 46 students from the PGDM program went to UAE where they visited the Emirates of Dubai and Sharjah. The Study tour was an immersive corporate experience arranged at prestigious organizations like Rexton, Kingston, Pierlite and Shaan foods. Students were welcomed by Mr. L. Samuel, CMD of Kingston Holding FZC located in the SAIF zone at Emirate of Sharjah. He informed the students about the industrial infrastructure, policies and incentives available to the companies desirous of having operations in UAE. Students visited their manufacturing plant where pipes, telephone cabinets and wire holding equipments were being produced. The plant had state of the art devices and the process was automated through computer-aided machines.
Shaan Masale is a subsidiary of Shaan Foods. They prefer local procurement for their manufacturing process and they hand-pick their stuff to maintain quality. However, their supply chain extends internationally many countries including India from where they get their pulses, turmeric, cumin etc. Mr. Owaisi, the Production In-charge of the facility described the categorization of processed outputs such as Pulses and spices into different grades. The automated packaging process ensured exact amount of finished product in each unit.
The overseas visit was organized as a part of course curriculum so that the students get not only academic international exposure but also understand historical, cultural, social, political, geographical and economic aspects of these regions vis-à-vis world trade.
Culture brings great understanding of the life and customs of geography. From a UAE cultural perspective, the group explored Bur Dubai (old Dubai), Dubai Museum and Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum House where exhibits of historical and national importance as well as calligraphic masterpieces have been preserved. This gave them a peek into the past of ‘Pearl Fishers’ whose life and profession changed with discovery of oil. Dubai is a very liberal culture and it is a tourist friendly nation.
Students thus enjoyed a lot at the attractions like Dhow cruise, Burj Khalifa, Jumeriah beach, Jumeriah Mosque, Mall of Dubai, Desert Safari, Gold Souk, Deira, Meena Bazaar and numerous other attractions. The students visited one of the most wonderful man-made island which is in shape of a palm tree, themed on the myth of Atlantis but includes distinct Arabian elements.