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The Value of One Humanity

As we celebrate the International Day of Tolerance referred to as Al Tasamuh in Arabic, I’d like to shed some light on why this human value has become extremely important now more than ever.

As the world stands today, we are not only divided by nationalities, borders, flags, national anthems, faith, color, gender, status and level of education, we have drawn yet another divide, the division of personal opinion.

The fundamental basics to unity should be that we all agree on a foundation from which we extract the answers to our well-being and to peaceful coexistence.  This does not mean that we are not unique individuals; but our individuality should not be a source of division, separatism, war and strife.

In my endeavor to connect people and bridge the divide, alleviate misconceptions, and establish a different outlook on life, I would humbly like to share what I have learned:

  • That for this world and all that is in it, to exist and function, is not by chance; and its functioning must have a driver, a leader, a starter.
  • The fact of the matter is that we all have the same hardware (eyes, ears, arms, legs …etc.) the same motherboard, (we laugh, we cry, we are happy, we are sad and so on) and one operating system.
  • We have the basic instinct to survive, but how we survive is our choice. We choose to download, develop, create the software of us, the principles by which we protect our survival.
  • There are two “control panels” within us, logic – our Brain and emotional  – our Hearts. How we use them is the essence our humanity.

Logic: Simply think about the functioning of the universe that runs with pin point precision. Look at its vastness, look at the earth and all it encompasses, reflect, contemplate, question and genuinely seek the logic in it. Could it be by chance, or is this all planned and pre-designed?

Emotion: When we are in trouble, when we are in danger, when we are in a desperate situation, our instincts kick in. Its fight or flight, beg or plead, but in the end our heart motivates us into action.

Those who rely on the premise that there is a Master Planner, a Controller, He is the one we turn to when we are in despair, when the situation is desperate, when the calamity is about to befall us.

If we accept this premise of a higher power, the Creator of all that is created, Sustainer, Provider and Protector the one and only Lord of the Universe for all of mankind and all that is around us, then we also accept that there is a system, that allows us to exercise our most valuable asset that distinguishes the human race from  all that exists – FREE WILL,  and with that the knowledge that there are certain things that are unchangeable and therefore beyond our free will to choose.

What’s most interesting, is that no matter what you believe, pre-design or by chance, Master Planner or you as Master of the Plan, the things that we use so quickly to divide us are simply beyond our control. Ask yourself. Did you choose the color, gender, race, or the country you were born in? Did you choose your parents, your status in this world, or the resources you have around you? Do you choose when, where and how you will leave this life?  The answer is NO.

Therefore, to unite as one human race, we must accept the universal truth that a basic principle of life is the principle that every life is valued. There is no country or border with more right or humanness, no race or ethnicity that in and of itself is elevated. We can distinguish ourselves only by our treatment towards one another. We should rise to leadership by our devotion and justice to the people, and as I mentioned if you believe in a higher power, that God, Eloah, Elohim, Yahweh, Jehovah or Lord, is above all and therefore the Supreme Leader, with an operating system that is right for every living thing on this earth, inclusive of the social, economic and political guidelines that define wrong and right, good and bad.  If this is true, then we must adhere to the guidelines and rules that govern the human coexistence; we have no choice in how to treat one another, as the system requires that we must not discriminate and differentiate between one another based on the superficial.

We must not accept what is being propagated by those who would like to see some rise and others fall, to see a world divided by sectarianism, elitism, and religion. It is only when we recognize the words of great leaders past and present, who championed the philosophies of tolerance and peaceful coexistence that we will also become a great human race, ready to achieve a better life for the collective good. This is the only truth we must adhere to and preserve.

As I always say, renowned people in history are not those who collected the most wealth nor those who were the most beautiful or lived the healthiest lifestyle,  rather they are the simple people who did good; people like Mother Teresa, Ghandi, and for us here in the UAE we regard HH Sheikh Zayed, and HH Sheikh Rashid, for their humanity and acceptance of all.

Therefore, leave a legacy of good, and believe that the good starts with you. Reflect on the bad you do to others and apologies and fix it, also reflect and remember the good others do to you and be grateful and kind. Be a part of the solution, not a bystander to the problem. Tolerate, Accept.

Dubai Week in China

Building UAE – Chinese Relations Through Shared Culture

Do great minds think alike? Not really. The best way to connect with someone is to get to know what we have in common. We often on a first meet look for commonalities in the small talk and social cues before we get down to any serious business. Companies may have a common purpose or goal to collaborate for a mutually beneficial outcome, but that’s not always enough. Getting to know one another, the stakeholders in an organization and mutual comfort zones, makes the difference in doing the deal. When it comes down to two competing equally skilled companies for the same bid or contract, the “people element is crucial”. Understanding communication and leadership styles across cultures is the key to having a leading edge in doing business in the UAE.

This week a delegation of top industry and government representatives participated in Dubai’s Week in China, organized by Falcon & Associates where 11 separate agreements between public and private sectors were formed.  Highlights of this year’s week in China, held in Shanghai saw among other successes the strengthening of relationships with China’s business and educational endeavors.  “China is Dubai’s largest trading partner since 2014 and cooperation’s are extending beyond just trade.” says Kayed.  “Students are traveling from China to the UAE to take advantage of some of the world class MBA programs here. Our recent participation in IUNC shows that university recruiters see the value in cultural immersions as part of their orientation for students and agree that it helps with retention and happiness for students studying abroad.”   Mr. Kayed MC’d the “Cultural Intelligence for Future Leaders” forum at the DWiC, as well as giving talks at the Department of Tourism and Commerce event, and hosting a day of cultural immersion for participants.  “Cultural Intelligence abilities and competencies have become crucial to having an edge in highly competitive markets such as Dubai and China. These skills can be developed and enhanced with first building cultural knowledge. “

With an agreement signed this week between China and the Dubai, allowing for attestation of certificates and a reciprocal agreement between the two countries on education, the UAE will see an increase in Chinese students taking advantage of the world class schools and universities on offer in the UAE.  With that will come the necessity for universities to address cultural issues from the start, to allow students to have the best possible education and satisfaction in the process.  Universities like, SP Jain Global School of Management, Hult MBA’s and Modul University have already taken the initiative with orientation programs for international students that introduce local cultural norms, traditions and opportunities for enhancing their cultural knowledge.  Managing across cultures is the norm in international cities like Dubai and Shanghai. Therefore students need to be prepared, with the proper mix of skills that take into consideration so called “soft skills” like Cultural Intelligence and Cultural Competencies.






本周,一个由顶级行业与政府的代表组成的代表团参加了在中国举办的迪拜周,期间达成了11项协议,合作范围涵盖公共和私营部门的多个领域。今年举行在上海的迪拜周的一大亮点是同中国商业与教育领域合作的加强。 “中国是迪拜自2014年以来最大的贸易伙伴,而双方的合作并不局限于贸易领域。”Kayed说。 “中国的学生们来到阿联酋,充分利用这里世界级的MBA课程。我们最近参与的IUNC(国际大学网络会议)表明,大学招聘人员将文化沉浸作为学生价值导向的一部分,大家同意,这将有利于保留率及留学生的幸福水平。Kayed 先生主持了迪拜周的“未来领袖的文化智商”论坛,在旅游局的活动中发言,并为参与者带来了一天的文化沉浸日活动。“在如迪拜和中国这样竞争激烈的市场,文化智商对于发展出个人竞争优势至关重要。这些技能可以首先通过建立文化知识来开发和增强。


中国和迪拜本周签署了互惠协议,双方将批准承认对方高等学历机构颁发的学历、学位,预计将会有更多的中国学生享受到世界一流学校与大学在阿联酋提供的教育。在这样的背景下,大学更有必要从一开就给予文化问题足够的重视,以让学生在整个过程中得到最好的教育,获得最大的满足。SP Jain全球管理学院,Hult MBA和Modul大学等已采取主动,为国际学生提供与当地文化规范、传统相关的介绍活动,以提高他们的文化知识。跨文化管理是迪拜、上海等国际城市的常态,因此,学生们需要武装好自己,将文化智商和文化竞争力这样的“软技能”纳入到技能储备组合中来。

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