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ADEC, Strata & BAE Systems team up to bring engineering competition to the UAE

The Make It Competition will allow students in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain to create, cost and market an innovative new product 


Abu Dhabi, UAE – The Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC), Strata Manufacturing PJSC (Strata) and BAE Systems announced today for the first time in its 10 year history “Make It” - the UK’s Manufacturing Institute’s engineering and manufacturing challenge - is coming to the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.

Her Excellency Dr. Amal Al Qubaisi, Director General, ADEC commented: “ADEC believes in the importance of strengthening partnerships with government and private sectors in Abu Dhabi as well as benefiting from their expertise in various fields and industries, to implement new policies and initiatives in the field of education, with the aim of improving the teaching and learning process across Abu Dhabi educational institutions.  ADEC adopts a number of initiatives that contribute to the development of student basic creative skills in areas such as research, problem solving, critical thinking and communication, with focus on innovation and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).”

The Make It competition, which is designed to attract the UAE’s best and brightest new talent into manufacturing and engineering, will be held at UAE University in Al Ain on Monday 2 November and at NYU Abu Dhabi on 4 November.

The competition will bring together 13 and 14 year old students from schools across Al Ain and Abu Dhabi to work in teams to create, cost and market a new product which they will then pitch to a panel of industry experts from Strata and BAE Systems. The students’ product will be inspected by BAE Systems graduates and apprentices before the final judging takes place at the end of the event.

Badr Al Olama, CEO of Strata commented: “We are proud to partner with ADEC and BAE Systems to bring such an esteemed event to Abu Dhabi. At Strata, we believe deeply in investing in local talent and developing the next generation of Emirati youth for careers in manufacturing.”

Students will compete in teams of eight selected from 12 schools from each city, for a grand prize of a 3D printer awarded to the winning school from each competition.   

BAE Systems’ Manufacturing Operations Director, Dave Holmes, said: “BAE Systems has been involved with Make It for a number of years and I am looking forward to seeing how students in the UAE tackle the competition.  Whilst the experience will be both challenging and exciting, we hope the participants will be inspired to think about their future careers, hopefully in the engineering or manufacturing industries in the UAE.”

For more information, please contact:

Louise Robson, BAE Systems

Mob: +44 7525 390 707


Andrew Kennedy, Grayling

Tel: +971 4 3901635  Mob: +971 50 965 9104 


Ryan Jelniker, Edelman

Mob: +971 56 669 5813 


About Strata Manufacturing PJSC (Strata)

Strata Manufacturing PJSC (STRATA) is a composite aero-structures manufacturing facility based in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. Established in 2009 and began production in 2010, Strata has partnerships with the world’s leading aircraft manufacturers, Airbus and Boeing, as well as Tier One suppliers like Alenia Aermacchi, FACC AG, SAAB and SABCA. 


Strata manufactures various parts on Airbus, Boeing and ATR aircrafts: 

  • Airbus A330/340 Aileron
  • Airbus A330/340/380 Flap Track Fairings
  • Airbus A330/340 Spoiler
  • Boeing B777 Vertical & Horizontal Stabilizer Ribs
  • Boeing B787 Vertical Stabilizer Ribs
  • ATR 42/72 Rudder & Vertical Fin

Strata is wholly owned by Mubadala Development Company PJSC (Mubadala), the Abu Dhabi-based investment and development company. 

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About BAE Systems

At BAE Systems, we provide some of the world’s most advanced, technology-led defence, aerospace and security solutions and employ a skilled workforce of some 84,100 people in over 40 countries.  Working with customers and local partners, we develop, engineer, manufacture and support products and systems to deliver military capability, protect national security and people and keep critical information and infrastructure secure.

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About The Manufacturing Institute

The Manchester-based Manufacturing Institute is an independent charity founded to educate, inspire and improve manufacturing companies and their employees. We deliver a wide range of high quality education, training and consultative services. During the last 21 years we have educated over 50,000 manufacturers, helped over 10,000 businesses improve their productivity and delivered improvements in performance in excess of £1.1bn, worked with 60,000 children through our Make It challenges - which aim to attract the brightest and best new talent in to manufacturing by demonstrating that the sector is an exciting and rewarding career path for young people - and introduced Fab Labs to the UK.

For more information about The Manufacturing Institute, contact Maria McGeoghan, Head of Communications on +44 7768 552074 or go to