Middlesex University Confers Honorary Doctorate on H.E. Sultan Bin Sulayem

Sun Oct 26, 2008 9:10am EDT

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Dubai World Chairman first recipient of the university's accolade
                              in the UAE
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates--(Business Wire)--
Middlesex University Dubai, a leading provider of British higher
education in the Gulf region, honored His Excellency Sultan Bin
Sulayem, Chairman of Dubai World, with the accolade of Honorary Doctor
of the University in recognition of his dedication to excellence and
commitment to the economic development of the UAE and the Arab World,
and his inspiring community leadership.

   This is the first Honorary Doctorate, the highest academic
recognition, Middlesex University Dubai, the first overseas campus of
the internationally renowned Middlesex University in London has
awarded in the UAE.

   The doctorate was presented to Mr. Bin Sulayem during the third
graduation ceremony of the university on October 25 at Westin Dubai
Mina Seyahi Beach Resort.

   Academicians and dignitaries, including Middlesex University
London Vice-Chancellor Professor Michael Driscoll, Deputy Vice
Chancellor of Middlesex University International Dr. Terry Butland,
Dubai campus Director Professor Raed Awamleh, government officials and
senior executives from top multi-national companies, members of the
faculty and students attended the grand ceremony.

   Mr. Bin Sulayem thanked Middlesex University for the honour and
attributed his achievements to the encouragement, support and trust of
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and
Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

   "Sheikh Mohammed's vision for the glory of Dubai is the driving
force behind all achievements in the emirate. This honour inspires me
to work harder for a bigger, better future for our nation. It is a
recognition of Dubai World's role as an engine of growth. Dubai
World's success is a result of the team work of our excellent, deeply
committed experts at all levels. Their success has contributed to my
own achievements.

   "I congratulate Middlesex University Dubai on the recognizable
progress it has achieved in a short span of three years. I am
confident that the university will continue to be an excellent source
of talent for the country," Mr. Bin Sulayem said.

   Commenting on Mr. Bin Sulayem's selection, Professor Michael
Driscoll Vice Chancellor of Middlesex University said: "I can think of
no one more suitable to receive a Middlesex Honorary Doctorate than
Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem. His exceptional talent for business and the
ambition and success of his projects must surely be a real inspiration
to our students in Dubai.

   "Mr. Bin Sulayem's unparalleled experience and unwavering strive
for excellence has helped secure Dubai's position as the commercial
hub of the region. As one of Dubai's leading businessmen, his role and
contributions through the various positions he holds, cannot go

   "The Academic Board of Middlesex University awards honorary
degrees in recognition of the recipient's commitment to social,
economic and national causes, and support for cultural diversity.
Comprehensive policies and stringent evaluation criteria guide the
university's decision in approving all honorary degrees, and Mr. Bin
Sulayem's achievements qualify him as the ideal recipient," Professor
Michael Driscoll added.

   Middlesex University awards Honorary Degrees to recognize those
who make exceptional contributions to their profession, community or
directly to the university. It has awarded a number of Honorary
Doctorates in the UK and globally.

   Source: ME NewsWire

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