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Young Entrepreneur Competition 2008 at UAE Career Fair

Young students displayed their creativity and skills in real-life business scenarios at the Young Entrepreneur Competition 2008 yesterday, a three-day event being held on the sidelines of the UAE Career Fair that kicked off at the Dubai World Trade Centre yesterday.

The competition, which was inaugurated by Shaikh Majid bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, saw participants from some 21 Dubai-based schools displaying various items at their stands at the venue. The items ranged from clothes, books, shoes and decoration items to recycled objects. Creativity and business ideas were the key to succeed at the event.

UAE nationals Hareb and Suhail, students of Grade XI at Al Ittihad Private School, looked very confident while selling gadgets related to the local hit cartoon series Freej.

Similarly, Othman, Forkan and Othman, all Pakistanis and students of Grade IX at the new Arab Unity School, were selling decoration items that Othman's relatives had brought in from Japan.

Hamad and his four classmates of the School of Research Science were selling sun glasses and shoes.

Serina and Jessica from the Westminster School hoped to shed light on the importance of recycling by offering recycled objects for sale.

The competition is being held under the patronage of Shaikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, Chairman of Dubai Executive Council, and Chairman of Mohammed bin Rashid Establishment for Young Business Leaders.

Akil Kazim, Director of Operations at the Mohammed Bin Rashid Establishment for Young Business Leaders, said the competition, which is being held for the fourth consecutive year, aims at boosting the spirit of entrepreneurship among students. "Instead of searching for job opportunities, the students learn how to be self-employed," Kazim explained.

The three students who make the biggest profits will emerge winners of the competition. They will be honoured by Shaikh Majid in May. (Via Khaleej Times)

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