‘Fikra’ to promote entrepreneurship at Innovation Week.

‘Fikra’ to promote entrepreneurship at Innovation Week.

Etihad Aviation Group has launched their new UAE-based competition ‘Fikra’ as part of the Innovation week. This competition is aimed at fostering entrepreneurship and innovation across the country. This competition will encourage students to deliver solutions to some of the major challenges faced by the aviation industry in today’s competitive world. The competition will be focused on 10 areas where the travel group will be looking for specific and relevant ideas. These ideas will revolve around digital evolution, stopover visits, ancillary sales opportunities, improving loyalty schemes, specialist cargo, social media, youth engagement, airport experience and the eco-friendly solutions. In addition, there will also be a special category called ‘Out of the Box’ that involves creating next-gen ideas.   Fatima Al Jefri, Director at the Dept. of Science, Technology and Research in the Ministry of Education said, “ The Ministry believes that education and research are important ways to acquire, develop and learn knowledge so we strongly support Etihad Airways in their Fikra initiative, as it will engage the students in innovation and business development. The project will invest in our youth and help them to pave the way forward to a sustainable and prosperous future.” Ray Gammell, Chief People and Performance Officer for EAG, said, “Innovation is key to how we do business and how we will continue to grow as a travel group. We’ve reached the size we are today by innovating quickly and supporting an entrepreneurial spirit throughout our business units. That commitment doesn’t stop, the new Fikra project gives us an opportunity to hear from the country’s next generation and we hope it will deliver ideas...

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