The dinner was attended by Gregory Barker MP, Britain’s Minister of State for Energy and Climate Change, and Dominic Jermey, the British Ambassador to the UAE.
Welcoming the BBG members, led by their Chairman, Richard Oliver, Sheikh Nahyan, an Honorary Member of the Group, praised the unique bilateral relations between the UAE and Britain in different spheres, in education and the economy, in particular.
The Group has been operating in Abu Dhabi for 20 years, he noted.
Sheikh Nahyan praised the role of British establishments operating in the UAE and their contribution to providing job opportunities for nationals to gain practical experience.
He also noted that the UAE in September last year gave 14,000 tablets (iPads) to students of three major higher education institutions including Zayed University, United Arab Emirates University and the Higher Colleges of Technology, out of the belief of the wise leadership in education and its interest in promoting educational and administrative performance in light of changes in educational methods.
“We, as educational institutes will focus on developing students and enhancing their national identity and their role in their country as well as supporting the role of scientific research in order to make national students take up their role in educational institutes as teachers and administrative staff to eventually create a unique world in education,” he said.
“As this year is dedicated for emiratization, we as educational institutes must have national graduates to recruit them this year, and enhance continuous learning, in order to create new skills, and the contribution of technical expertise by the private sector to back education and forge partnership with it and its institutions,” he added.
For his part, Olivier praised the relations between the UAE and Britain in different spheres, in economy and business in particular. He expressed his best wishes of progress and prosperity for the peoples of the two countries.