The 6th International Benchmarking Conference inaugurated in Dubai

Dubai, United Arab Emirates – March 6, 2012:
The 6th International Benchmarking Conference was launched yesterday (Tuesday, March 6, 2012) at Al Bustan Rotana Hotel, Dubai, under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, President of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman of the Emirates Group and Honorary Patron of the Dubai Quality Group. Held in cooperation between the Dubai Quality Group (DQG) and the Global Benchmarking Network (GBN) and sponsored by Ajman Free Zone Authority and Emirates Identity Authority, the conference lasts two days and brings together regional and international experts and specialists, who will discuss ways and methods to utilize benchmarking standards to achieve corporate excellence.

The conference targeted in its first day, a wide range of audience at all organizational levels, including DQG members, senior managers and professionals, consultants, experts, researchers, business leaders and practitioners who seek result-oriented ideas and solutions for improving the performance of their organizations. It provided a great opportunity to network with benchmarking gurus from all over the world.

Saleh Janeeh, Chairman, DQG, thanked the sponsors who facilitated the DQG's mission to make the event a big success. He said: "We are proud at the Dubai Quality Group to have an opportunity to organize this conference in collaboration with the Global Benchmarking Network at Dubai, United Arab Emirates. He noted that the conference was in line with the vision and leadership of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, with the mission of developing the UAE as centre of excellence.

Janeeh pointed out that due to technological developments and globalization, progress of the society is measured in multi-fold ways and therefore effective benchmarking has emerged as an important factor in organizations and business innovation. "Benchmarking helps sustain long-term success through continual comparison and learning. It is a strategic strength if practised well and a fatal weakness if not pursued," he added.

Eng. Hani Hossni, Board Member, DQG, stressed the importance of taking advantage of the conference, since it provides many opportunities and experiences. He said: "The practice of benchmarking enables organisations to learn how other organisations are responding to these changes and put forward effective strategies to gain benefits. Benchmarking is a tool that helps organizations reach the highest levels and apply best practices to improve the administrative work."

He added: "The 6th International Benchmarking Conference is an ideal opportunity for everyone who wishes to improve performance at an individual and organizational level. We, at the Dubai Quality Group look forward to providing the business community with the latest and best ways to remain in the forefront in the field of quality and excellence."

Dr. Robin Mann, Chairman, Global Benchmarking Network (New Zealand), said that since the world was becoming more globalized, there is an increased need for benchmarking to address challenges like sustainability, level of inequality and issues like the current financial crisis. "We need benchmarking to share best practices and learn from our mistakes. That is why there is a need for an international benchmarking conference and we thank Dubai Quality Group for making this possible," he said.

H.E. Dr. Eng. Ali Mohamed Al-Khouri, Director General, Emirates Identity Authority (EIDA) said in a statement: "EIDA has always believed in the usefulness of commitment to work mechanisms that provide clear directions and support national goals. This will help the body reach strategic decisions that contribute to placing the United Arab Emirates in the ranks of developed countries at regional and international levels. Therefore, the EIDA has decided to sponsor and participate actively in the 6th International Benchmarking Conference, believing in its importance and the role it plays in supplying all sectors of the UAE with the necessary strategic thinking and precise vision to achieve desired and ambitious objectives."

Hanan Al-Braiky, Acting Manager, Strategy and Corporate Excellence Department, Ajman Free Zone Authority, said that "we in Ajman Free Zone Authority are interested to access best practices and share successful experiences in the business world and want to contribute to this knowledge to meet the requirements of our strategic plan aimed at promoting sustainable development in the free zone. Organisationally, we are participating in the conference to keep abreast of cutting-edge management practices. As individuals, we would like to enrich ourselves with a view to excelling in the next stage of development, since the conference deals with effective business practices to ensure excellence and all-round success."