GAI Rising Stars awarded in Dubai

With skyline views of Dubai, the Novotel World Trade Centre hotel played host to a special November meeting of the GCC branch of the IAI. Matching the recent success of the HK meeting, around 40 people gathered for presentations delivered by key GAI and IAI representatives from the UK.

GAI President Maria Powell opened proceedings with an update on developments and progress within the Guild over the past year, especially focusing on its strengthened team and its three pillars; Education, Technical and Community. She was followed by an Institute update from Chairman Mario Del-Signore, who looked back at the Institute's roots while also addressing future plans. Mario encouraged greater dialogue between all IAI branches whether in the UK or elsewhere in the world. The final presentation came from Chief Executive Gary Amer, who focussed on the brand new Education Hub, launched in September this year. Gary explained how the project had been planned and executed to the point where it went live in September, enabling students to enrol, pay online and commence studying virtually straight away. The main GAI Education programme, comprising newly named Stages 1, 2 & 3 is now accessible to anyone, anywhere in the world.

This year’s GAI rising stars, those who have successfully completed their Diplomas or Certificates in Architectural Ironmongery were awarded their framed certificates by Gary and Maria.

Whilst announced as the 5th place Diploma prize winner at the GAI Education Awards last month, Tabish Khan of Al-Moajil Hardware who was unable to attend the Awards in London, joined the meeting in Dubai to receive both his Diploma and cash prize.

During the meeting Adam Taylor, who completed his term in office as chairman of the Institute branches handed over to Mike Lumsden of Laidlaw Gulf, wishing him all the success in his new role and with a final reminder that the success of the branch relies on its entire committee and members, not on simply one individual.