Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority and University of Dubai organise Happiness Lab Workshop

DUBAI, 5th November, 2016 (WAM) — Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority, DSOA, the regulatory body for Dubai Silicon Oasis, DSO, the integrated free zone technology park, in collaboration with the University of Dubai, UD, organised a Happiness Lab workshop entitled ‘Future of the Work Environment for the Youth’.

The workshop that was hosted at the university premises and visited by Dr. Mohammed Alzarooni, Vice Chairman and CEO of DSOA and Dr Essa Al Bastaki, President of UD, drew the participation of DSOA employees and more than 60 UD students. As part of the initiative, DSOA presented 60 books to the university’s library on topics related to happiness and ways to create a stimulating work environment that boosts creativity and innovation.

DSOA aims through its Happiness Lab workshops to come up with new initiatives that make Dubai Silicon Oasis an exemplary work environment. Towards this purpose, feedback is actively sought from university students on the type of work environments they would prefer upon joining the workforce after graduation.

The workshop included a presentation on DSOA’s 2021 Strategy that focuses on four key pillars: a smart city, an advanced technology park, happy people, and a preferred community to work and live. The session specifically highlighted the third pillar that aims to enhance the employee experience and happiness through shaping a corporate environment that encourages innovation and values creative talent.

Dr Essa Al Bastaki, President of UD said; “The Happiness Lab workshop helped engage our students gainfully in upping the happiness quotient – we are confident such initiatives will certainly go a long way in contributing to happier future work places for our students. Industry interactions such as this one are essential to understand the nature of current work places and identify how our students can add value and make a real difference.”