Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority (DSOA), the regulatory body for Dubai Silicon Oasis (DSO), signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Smart Dubai Office (SDO), that aims to transform Dubai into the smartest and happiest city on earth. The partnership also signalled the launch of the first Corporate Happiness Program in the region, run by RIT Dubai.
The Corporate Happiness Professional Diploma, which has been created in conjunction with global performance management consultancy company Gallup, will launch in January and is designed to educate senior professionals on the key concepts of happiness and to give them the tools to bring their learnings back to the workplace. It includes the latest Gallup research on the subject and provides practical ideas and frameworks to support the corporate environment. Through six modules over the course of three months, the program offers better understanding of the scientific notions of happiness, combining theoretical and practical methods of learning through lectures, research, case studies, and project work. It covers a variety of topics from how to assess an organization in terms of individual and corporate happiness, how to apply the corporate happiness concept, how to develop and implement a Corporate Happiness Strategic Plan, as well as best practices of corporate happiness measures.
President of RIT Dubai, Dr Yousef Al Assaf commented: “We are proud to support the region and the development of Dubai and its strategic goals through this program and help develop both individual leaders and corporations. The program is the first of its kind in the region and a unique combination of the latest theory and practical application.”
Commenting on the collaboration, Dr Alzarooni said: “In the words of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, happiness and positivity in the UAE are a lifestyle, a government commitment, and a spirit uniting the UAE community. He added: “We are proud to have been the first entity to shape a comprehensive Happiest People Strategy as a pillar of the DSOA 2021 Strategy. We are actively working on exchanging knowledge and expertise with various partners, to reach a practical implementation of the concept of happiness. DSO is keen on setting a real-life example of the role happiness plays in Dubai and the wider UAE.”
Dr Bin Bishr expressed her delight in the partnership DSOA and commended the authority’s relentless drive in contributing to the vision of transforming Dubai into the smartest and happiest city worldwide. She said: “The strategy we follow in transforming Dubai into a smart city prioritizes happiness over technology. Smart Dubai is based on the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum to focus the city’s unified efforts towards its most valued asset - its people - and make their happiness the highest indicator of success. Therefore, happiness holds a top priority among our objectives.” On her tour of Dubai Silicon Oasis premises, Dr Bin Bishr familiarized herself with the high-tech park’s projects and initiatives, such as the Dubai Technology Entrepreneur Centre (Dtec), which supports start-ups in the fields of technology, digital Islamic economy, and Arabic content. The largest centre of its kind in the Middle East provides budding entrepreneurs with a chance to establish their businesses, as well as consultation support, workspace, and networking opportunities.
The Corporate Happiness Program will launch in January 2017.
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