Visit to Dubai, Abu Dhabi, RAK by PGDM,PGDM-IB,PGDM-IBM & PGDM-RM 2016-18 Batch
Excitement in the air and hopes in their eyes, for the first time in history of BIMTECH , the entire first year geared up for the international Industrial Visit to Dubai on 21st February. This was a 5 Nights and 6 Days long trip of learning and Fun.
Day 1 comprised of our visit to the architectural wonder, the tallest Building in the world –The Burj Khalifa, Seeing the world from 124th floor was a different experience altogether. Burj Khalifa was followed by a spectacular fountain show. That specific fountain for instance is tallest in the world.
Day 2 Now was the time for us to wear our intellectual hats and visit some of the leading industries of Ras Al Khaimah – Ashok Leyland and Dabur Naturalle LLC. First stop for the day was manufacturing plant of Dubai’s leading Bus Manufacturer, Ashok Leyland. The visit began with an introduction of the company and the Ras Al Kaimah plant by the Operations Manager of the plant. After the brief introduction, we had a question and answer session. Students asked really insightful questions which helped us better understand the company and its working. Post the interaction we were divided in groups of 10, each group was given a mentor and then we were taken for the tour of the manufacturing facility. From chassis assembly to wielding of the frame to painting and final assembly of the bus all these processes were shown to us. Our mentors were patient and interactive. They answered all our queries regarding the process with great detail.
After a hearty lunch, we proceeded to second company for the day – Dabur Naturalle LLC in Ras Al Khaima. The visit started with the introduction of the company and Ras Al khaima Plant by the Operation Head of the plant-Mr.Anand Malankar. We got the overview of Dabur International, about the annual turnover, number of countries Dabur is catering to, the product profile and the company profile. After a knowledgeable question and answer session we proceeded for the tour of manufacturing facility. There we saw the entire manufacturing process from weighing the ingredients to packaging of Dabur Amla Hair Oil and Vatika Shampoo.
After such an informative day, we proceeded to Dubai Festival City for Dinner at Dhow Cruise. The cruise covered the entire city. It was one of a kind experience.
Day 3 started off with the city tour of Dubai which included Jumeirah Beach, Burj Al Arab, Dubai Marina, Palm Islands, Atlantis Hotel and Zabeel Sheikh Palace. After the lunch we proceeded to the desert for Desert safari and Dune Bashing. This was one of a kind experience for all of us. In a city which is 70% manmade Desert Safari is the only thing which is natural. From watching sunset in the middle of the dessert to camel ride to the rich cultural experience of Dubai in form of local dances like belly dance and Zanghoora. The day ended with one of the best fire shows of Dubai.
Whoever thought that the fun part was over was clearly wrong. Day 4 was our trip to Abu Dhabi where our first stop was Sheikh Zayed Mosque. Apart from the extravagant structure and world class interior the most unique thing about this mosque was that even women were allowed inside, this makes this mosque one of kind all across the globe. The mosque is a result of a project which was launched by the late president of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, who wanted to establish a structure that would unite the cultural diversity of the Islamic world with the historical and modern values of architecture and art. It took 11 years and 3.2 Billion USD to complete this mosque. After the holy start to the day, we proceeded to Ferrari World. As the name suggests this place has everything do to with a Ferrari. This is a Ferrari shaped and themed amusement park. From the fastest rollercoaster in the world to twists and turns on the highest loop in the world, each and every ride made students scream their lungs out. Apart from the rides, what caught our eye was the Ferrari museum which showcased the brilliance of Ferrari the latest model to vintage this place had it all. Post an amazing dinner at Dubai Marina, we called it a night.
Day 5 comprised of our visit to Jabel Ali Port where we had interaction with The Business Operations head DP World. Who gave us the tour of facility and explained us all the operations which were carried out in the port from how the shipment if received till the time it is picked up from the port. He explained us about various day to day operations and usage of automation in carrying them out.
Visit to Jabel Ali Port was followed by our visit to the warehouse of Jumbo electronics. The visit started with the interaction of students with the head of logistics and Operations of the company Mr. Shailen Shukla. Mr. Shukla gave us the insight about the ware housing industry on the whole which was followed by the day to day working of Jumbo electronics. He explained to us how it is not necessary for a company like Jumbo Electronics to go fully automated. The session with him left students with a lot to ponder upon. After this session we were given a tour of the floor of the warehouse. Where we saw how the material is unloaded, inspected, coded and packed again to be shipped to various customers.
This was followed by a visit to the local gold and spice market of Dubai – The Gold Souk and Spice Souk. Students were amazed to see the contrast and similarities between the cultures of India and UAE. But the best was saved for the last. The day ended with an informal dinner of students with the CEO of Ashok Leyland Mr. KM Mandana. The discussion with him included some of the major strategic decision he took during his tenure of the company and why, about the job scenario in UAE and how to succeed as an entrepreneur. This interaction with Mr. Mandana left us intrigued and gave all of us a food for our thoughts.
Day 6 the last and final day was given to students in Meena Bazaar and Deira city centre.
With this came a trip full of new experiences, adventure and most importantly learning. In the end I can firmly conclude that this Industrial visit not only took us places but also taught us a lot via visits to the facilities and interactions with the heads of each organization.