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Lord Mayor of the City of London addresses Cass’s Dubai Centre

The Right Honourable David Wootten attends annual alumni event

Cass Business School Dubai welcomed the Lord Mayor of the City of London, the Right Honourable David Wootton, at an alumni event last night to celebrate the school's achievements in the Middle East and North Africa. The Lord Mayor of London led a delegation of UK business leaders, in his capacity as Chancellor of City University London, of which Cass is a part.

The Lord Mayor addressed students, alumni and faculty members as well as senior members of Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) at an event that took place in the Capital Club, Dubai. The theme of his speech was the important role that education plays in furthering strong bi-lateral ties between the UAE and the UK. The Lord Mayor also took time to interact with attendees about the key issues that currently affect the global financial landscape.

Rt. Hon. David Wootton said, "As Lord Chancellor of City University London and its Cass Business School, I am delighted to attend the Cass Alumni reception in Dubai. The popularity of the Cass and City programmes - with over 1800 alumni and students in the Middle East and North Africa - is a testament to the Institution's excellent reputation."

"The Cass Dubai Centre has established itself as a dynamic academic hub at the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC). We hope the brightest and best young people will continue to apply to the programmes at Cass, both in London and Dubai, in order to help maintain its world leading reputation."

The Lord Mayor's reception has become an annual highlight in the Cass Business School Dubai Centre's calendar. Its state-of-the-art campus was opened in the DIFC in 2007 and has been home to over 250 executives and professionals studying on Cass's international acclaimed Executive MBA programme. Cass's EMBA programme was the first in the world to offer specialist modules in Islamic Finance and Energy.

Abdulla Mohammed Al Awar, CEO of DIFC Authority said, "In this dynamic and fast changing world, professional education and development is more critical and important than it has ever been. With the transformation taking place across our region and indeed across the world, professionals must ensure they have the skills and tools required to remain at the cutting edge of innovation in their respective sectors. There is no template or a textbook to chart the landmark roads to success. There are however tools to use, such as the programme at Cass Business School. We, at DIFC, are proud to be place a premium on professional development".

Ehsan Razavizadeh, Regional Director of Cass Business School said, "We are delighted to welcome our Chancellor to the UAE. The Lord Mayor's visit is an excellent opportunity for our ever-growing body of students and alumni to gain valuable insights into the global financial industry. Today, graduates of Cass Business School's Dubai EMBA programme are employed the world over, but the City of London remains a key destination for many of our alumni."

The annually-elected Lord Mayor is the head of the City of London Corporation and acts as ambassador for the UK-financial services industry, typically spending three months a year leading City business delegations overseas and promoting London's business credentials abroad.

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