The first CSC team visited the United Arab Emirates in 2012. Teams have worked in Sharja and Al Ain, two of the smaller emirates. In 2010, the UAE's population was estimated at 8,264,070, of whom only 13% were UAE nationals or Emiratis, while the majority of the population were expatriates. The UAE oil reserves are ranked as the world's seventh largest and it possesses one of the most developed economies in Western Asia. It is the thirtieth-largest economy at market exchange rates. Per capita income is the world's seventh-highest. The country has been classified as a high-income developing economy by the IMF. Despite its economic development, the Corporate Service Corps teams have worked with the government on Family Affairs program for the aid of women and youth and university students on developing better communication channels.
- CSC UAE 1
19 April 2012 – 19 May 2012
The IBM Team Consisted of Sunil Dingane (India), Thomas Lukesch (Austria), Deb Dorman (US), Cheryl Duffy (Australia), Giulia Caliari (Italy), Angela Rantilla (US), Rosa Forrer (Switzerland), Robert Liang (US), Ryutaro Murayama (Japan), Yadav R Arora (India), Karthik Shankar (India), Asuka nagano (Japan), Yves Van Seters (Belgium), Seongsoo Yim (Australia)
The Emirate of Sharjah – United Arab Emirates
Overall Client: Directorate of E-Government
Sub-Clients & teams
Subteam 1 & 2: Supreme Council of Family Affairs
Subteam 3: Sharjah University
The general objective was to create a climate in which all residents of Sharjah would be aware of the e-services and inclined to use them. Although the directorate of e-government was the main client, the team had to work with two sub-clients: The Supreme Council for Family Affairs and the Sharjah University. Subteam 1 made strategic recommendations for a programto increase the penetration of IT Application in Children, Girls & Youth Centers. Subteam 2 made strategic recommendations to create a information and promotion campaign for e-services. Subteam 3 recommended to build a communication based on security and trust, incorporate Social media into the e-government. And to develop m-services.
The team mentored and coached Business students at the University of Sharjah during the You Can! Innovation camp (Workshop on entrepreneurship). The subteams independently visited the Sharjah Children bookfair, the Center for Children and Girls
Diner at Burj Al Arab, Visit to Burj al Khalifa, Dessert Safari, Diving at Fujairah, Lemon juice at Chill-Out Café, the National Dining, the pastry workshop at the hotel, Inch Allah !
- CSC UAE 2
14th September to 13th October, 2012
The IBM Team Consisted of 11 participants from 7 countries namely, Canada, Colombia, China, India, Germany, Japan and United States of America. The location of the assignment was Al Ain Municipality at Al Ain, Abu Dhabi, UAE and the team was divided into 2 projects which were:
1. Knowledge Management
Consisted of 5 members
2. CSR Strategy
Consisted of 6 members
IBM's Corporate Service Team in Al Ain served as volunteer mentors for university students at UAE University. In the INJAZ Innovation Day Camp, university students and business professionals develop innovative business ideas during a one day workshop that develops the students' collaboration, problem-solving and presentation skills. At the UAE University Innovation Day, eleven IBMers worked with over 80 students in small groups to create a business plan, then present it to a panel of judges from IBM, the Khalifa Fund and UAE University.
The teams’ favourite memory is Scuba diving off the coast of Oman in the Musandam peninsula.