02 June 2011
The students visit Yas Island
A group of Master's students from the School of the Built and Natural Environment recently completed the first GCU Gulf Study Tour.
The trip was made possible by the Khalid Abdulrahim Construction Scholarship programme, set up following the pledge of £250,000 over five years by GCU graduate Khalid Abdulrahim, the biggest donation ever received by the university.
Dr Gholam Jamnejad, who helped organise the study tour, said: “In visiting the UAE, the students got to experience one of the most dynamic natural and built environments and renewable energy initiatives in the world.
"They were able to get a feel for the culture, the traditions and the heritage of the region against the backdrop of several iconic projects, buildings and structures and associated environmental impacts. This was coupled with an insight into the unique economic factors that drive the region and the future ambitions for Abu Dhabi as articulated in its 2030 vision.”
Highlights of the visit included visits to Yas Island (home of the F1 circuit, built by Khalid Abdulrahim), the Emirates Palace Hotel, the Grand Mosque, Sadiyaat Island, Masdar City and Buri Khailfa.
The students were also given the opportunity to act as ambassadors for GCU during the visit to Abu Dhabi Mens College, invited by Vice Chancellor of the Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT) Dr Tayeb Kamali. The students experienced first-hand the honour of visiting with His Excellency Sheikh Nahayan bin Mubarak al-Nahayan, UAE Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, at his Palace in Abu Dhabi.
Khalid Abdulrahim’s donation was made to support scholarships and international placements for construction and civil engineering students at GCU.
Sarah Vassuer, one of the students who benefited from the trip. said: “This trip was a really good experience that will stay in my mind forever. Thank you for everything.”