Emirates Simulation Academy (ESA) is a training institute for industrial personnel for example those in the power generation, water desalination, oil refining, oil and gas processing industries. ESA offers real time simulation of facilities in the UAE, GCC, and MENA (Middle East and North Africa) regions. Facilities include
Combined Cycle Gas Turbine Simulator
Desalination Plant Simulator
Gas Turbine Simulator
Oil and Gas Platform Simulator
Oil Refinery Simulator
ESA grand opening 11 January 2009 according to press release but ESA was established in January 2006 according to ESA website.
ESA facility can accommodate up to 650 students but will start with 6 or 10 students in the first class. About 200 students are expected in the first year Different figures seen in various news reports.
Bothe Emirati and expat students can attend.
Course length varies from 1 to 10 or 11 weeks, some course spread over several years.
Alternative Chairman is Khalid Merri (what's an "Alternative" Chairman?)
Operations Manager is Alice Chin Keat Sze
Al Qudra Holding is an Abu Dhabi based company with interests in many different economic sectors, CERT is a division of the Higher Colleges of Technology, GSE Systems is a provider of real-time simulation aplications.
ESA facility cost AED 100m according to press release, or AED 76m according to news reports. Funding ratio of the facility is 60% Al Qudra, 30% HCT, 10% GSE (The National).
Last update 28 July 2009
General comments - might not apply to Emirates Simulation Academy
Fees, facilities, education quality varies widely. Allow extra fees for visa, transport, accommodation.
Salaries, accommodation, other benefits for lecturer jobs vary substantially. Check contracts carefully for medical, housing, flight allowances, etc.