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Sparking an interest in STEM

Abu Dhabi’s rapidly diversifying economy is advancing the emirate’s position in a number of global sectors. A decade ago, jobs such as Aerostructure Technician and Semiconductor Process Engineer did not exist.

The challenge is ensuring that highly skilled local talent is growing apace with demand. Preparing the UAE’s workforce to seize the career opportunities available takes a long-term approach that begins with youth – and parents.

Mubadala is helping ignite a passion for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) subjects through a range of programs that spark interest and encourage youth and their families to think about a wider spectrum of opportunities. 

By raising awareness about STEM skills and how they form the basis for meaningful careers in Abu Dhabi’s new industries, we are helping develop a skilled local workforce to support continued economic growth.



Mubadala Career Tours

Elementary and high school students from across Abu Dhabi visit Mubadala assets as they begin thinking about their future vocations.

“It’s really incredible – you don’t realize just how many types of career paths are available in a sector like renewable energy.”

That was 15-year-old Falah Al-Rashdi’s reaction as he finished his tour of Masdar City, the clean-tech cluster and free zone where Masdar is working to build the world’s most sustainable urban development.

Al-Rashdi was one of 42 students from Abu Dhabi’s Al Yasmina School visiting Masdar City as part of the Mubadala Career Tours program, an initiative that offers the next generation a glimpse of the different sectors and opportunities available in the emirate.

Through interactive sessions at companies such as Emirates Global Aluminium, Yahsat, Strata, Masdar and Healthpoint, the program aims to spark the imaginations of elementary and high school students as they begin thinking about their future vocations.

Mohammed Al Dhaheri, a 15-year-old from Al Yasmina School, was particularly inspired by his tour of Yahsat.

“I learned so much today, including the fact that Abu Dhabi has launched two satellites and is planning to launch a third in 2016. I’m going to go away and do some more research into careers in this field,” he said.


Building a community

Building a community

Discover how GAC has invested to provide a better quality of educational, civil and health services for local communities in Guinea.   

In 2015, GAC invested around US$ 800,000 in the development of a number of sustainability projects in local communities including three school construction projects:

  • A new school with six classrooms in Silidara where 240 students can follow the primary curriculum
  • A 24 classroom, elementary school reconstruction in Sangaredi that can accommodate up to 1,200 students
  • The renovation of a college in Sangaredi where a further 2,000 students can be enrolled


GAC’s program also included the refurbishment and extension of a fully equipped health center on the GAC concession in Sangaredi to replace the older public structure that has been built in the 1960s.

Additional support for the community has included the refurbishment of a community center and the Boké hospital water supply, the installation of six solar public lighting poles and the drilling of 23 community wells in the Boké prefecture.

Mamady Youla, Corporate Affairs General Manager at GAC, said, “From the outset, GAC has made considerable and varied social and economic investments for the local communities in Boké. We are fully committed to ensuring the success and positive development of the broader society in which we operate. 

In our social interventions, we engage with a variety of stakeholders and associate the direct beneficiaries in the planning and evaluation process to ensure they take full ownership of their projects.”

GAC has also been working to develop the capabilities of the local population, graduating 94 young people from a six-month training program in vocational activities and establishing 40 Adult Literacy Centers which have seen 1,600 participants from 175 villages and hamlets.

Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week in Schools

Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week in Schools

Houses built with denim and mud walls, rooftop gardens producing organic fruit, and solar panels on every available surface. These are just some of the imaginative ideas that may one day become reality as the next generation takes up the challenge of creating a more sustainable society.

School children across the emirate are competing to design sustainable home models as part of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week in Schools (ADSWS), a 10-day program that helps students understand the importance of sustainable development and how they can play a role in promoting it.

“With a variety of globally significant events happening as part of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week each year, it is important to extend these discussions to young people and to help them understand what sustainability is and how it can positively impact society,” said Dr. Nawal Al Hosany, director of Sustainability at Masdar and director of Zayed Future Energy Prize.

In addition to building sustainable home models, students participated in programs such as the Junior Abu Dhabi Solar Challenge, where they learned to design, build and drive solar-powered cars. In addition, Sustainability Week in Schools offered teachers handbooks on sustainability and in-school projects to take the learning further.

“We are hoping that, through hands-on learning experiences, ADSWS will increase youth awareness of sustainability and their curiosity to innovate for a sustainable future,” said Dr. Al Hosany.

In 2014, 30 public and private schools participated in ADSWS projects.