Khalaf Ahmad Al Habtoor hosted a group of students from two of the UAE’s top universities - Al Ain University of Science and Technology and the University of Dubai as part of his series of Open Talk discussions.
Open Talk, launched earlier this year, aims to provide a face-to-face open platform for Al Habtoor’s social media followers.
It marked the first time he opened the forum exclusively to university students in the UAE.
The event was broadcast live across Al Habtoor’s social media platforms, including Instagram and Facebook where social media followers got the opportunity to take part in the discussion by posting their questions in real time.
The forum gave the university students the opportunity to ask candid questions to the Chairman of one of the region’s top conglomerates. Al Habtoor covered many topics including his view on US President Donald Trump’s first 100 days in office, his latest investments in Egypt and Albania, and the education sector in the Gulf region.
Al Habtoor said the higher education sector in the UAE is making great strides, and people are opting to send their children to universities in the country instead of abroad as they did in the past.
He added that it needs further development and he would like to see the UAE become an educational centre of excellence and research hub.
On the global political front Al Habtoor said that the world is in a worrying place right now, “Rather than spreading stability and peace, there is political and military escalation worldwide. It is worrying. Particularly in places like Syria and North Korea. It is a disturbing situation.”