UAE’s Gender Gap in Online Learning Narrowing, Indicates New Coursera Report

Coursera, Inc. (NYSE: COUR), one of the largest online learning platforms in the world, today released a new study that examines the pandemic’s impact on skills and learning trends among women. The Women and Skills Report compares pre-pandemic enrollment and performance data with trends observed on the Coursera platform since the onset of the pandemic through June 2021. The new study found that women in the UAE are learning online at higher rates compared to pre-pandemic, with the share of STEM course enrollments from women increasing from 32% in 2019 to 37% in 2021. 

One of the key objectives of the Dubai Plan 2021 is to create an ‘inclusive and cohesive society’. The country as a whole has closed 71.6% of its gender gaps to date according to the 2021 WEF Global Gender Gap report, advancing 48 ranks in the gender gap index in just one year, from #120 rank to #72 globally. The UAE is also identified as the most-improved country in the world for women in parliament.

This aligns with Coursera’s findings in the report. The overall share of Coursera for Government learners in the country is nearing parity with 45% of government learners in the UAE being women. The Abu Dhabi School of Government (ADSG), which partners with Coursera to upskill its entire government workforce, for example, is championing online learning among women. In 2020, women accounted for 43% of overall course enrollments in ADSG’s learning initiative, up from 39% in 2019.

“It’s promising to see how the gender gap in online learning has narrowed since the pandemic”, said Anthony Tattersall, Coursera VP of EMEA. “We are particularly encouraged by how women in the UAE are embracing online learning in the field of STEM. This can help accelerate their return to work, bolster economic growth, and foster gender pay parity.”

Key UAE insights from the Women and Skills Report include:

  • Women are turning to online education at higher rates than pre-pandemic. The UAE has 220,000 registered women learners on Coursera. In 2020, a peak of 47% new registered UAE learners were women. While this share is at 44% in 2021, it still represents an increase from 42% in 2019. Forty-five percent of female learners in the country also use mobile to learn.
  • More women in the UAE are enrolling in STEM courses and entry-level Professional Certificates. The share of overall course enrollments from women increased from 38% in 2019 to 42% in 2021. For STEM courses, the gender gap narrowed from a share of 32% of enrollments from women in 2019 to 37% in 2021. Women’s enrollments in entry-level Professional Certificates have also gone up in the country from 26% in 2019 to 32% in 2021. These certificates, from industry leaders such as Google, IBM, and Facebook, are designed to prepare learners without a college degree or technology experience for a wide range of high-demand digital jobs.
  • Top skills among UAE women show a strong inclination towards business leadership. Top skills UAE women have developed over the past year include communication (110,000 enrollments from UAE women), leadership and management (100,000), and entrepreneurship (80,000). Women are also investing in STEM skills, like probability and statistics (70,000), data analysis (60,000), and machine learning (50,000). The most popular courses among women in the UAE teach job-relevant and personal development skills, including The Science of Wellbeing from Yale University and English for Career Development from the University of Pennsylvania.
  • Businesses, governments, and campuses can play a key role in reducing gender gaps in learning. In 2021, programmes where Coursera is used by various governments and campuses in the UAE saw the share of women registered learners was nearing parity, standing at 45% and 48% respectively. Better gender share is likely to contribute to more diverse talent pipelines for employers. Among businesses, women now constitute 36% of UAE learners.

Key global insights from the Women and Skills Report include:

  • Women learners enroll more than men in courses taught by women instructors. Instructor representation is one of the most important factors contributing to increases in women’s enrollments. Forty-nine percent of enrollments from women learners are in courses with women instructors, compared to 38% for men learners. The most popular women instructors on Coursera include Laurie Santos (The Science of Wellbeing, Yale University), Seung Hae Kang (First Step Korean, Yonsei University), and Dr. Rosa I. Arriaga (Introduction to User Experience, Georgia Institute of Technology).
  • Product innovations help grow women’s participation in online learning. Factors contributing to enrollment increases from women include adding practice quizzes before challenging assessments (+12% increase in share of lifetime enrollments from women), listing most common mistakes for peer-reviewed assignments (+16%), and distributing assessments throughout a course (+8%).

“I earned my computer science degree with only a handful of women alongside me, and while a great deal has changed since then, we still have important work to do to increase women’s representation in technology and leadership,” said Betty Vandenbosch, Chief Content Officer at Coursera. “Access to flexible, job-relevant education can help women learn the new skills they need to enter high-demand roles and achieve better gender balance in the workforce.”

With over 87 million learners and 5,000 courses on the platform, Coursera has one of the largest data sets for identifying and measuring skill trends. The Women and Skills Report includes data from 40 million new learners who registered during the pandemic between January 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021.

Aerospace leaders to outline future roadmap of industry at Dubai Airshow 2021 conferences

This November, Dubai Airshow takes thought-leadership to new heights as it introduces 9 tracks packed with sessions covering the full spectrum of aviation, technology, and space. The conferences will cover an array of themes, including the role of new technologies in revolutionising air travel, major changes happening in the cargo sector, global advancements in sustainability and autonomous transportation, in addition to new space services, satellite connectivity and much more.

Global industry leaders will take part in Dubai Airshow’s conferences, including H.E Dr. Mohammed Al Kuwaiti, Head of Cyber Security for the UAE Government; Javed Malik, Group Chief Operations Officer at AirAsia; Stacy Malphur, Vice President of Environmental Sustainability and Supply Chain at Southwest Airlines; Brian Cobb, Chief Innovation Officer at CVG Airport; Ashish Vikram, Chief Technology and Innovation Officer at SpiceJet, and Brian Yutko, Chief Engineer of Sustainability and Future Mobility at Boeing.

The conferences will be split into different stages: The Hub Stage, Aerospace 2050 Forum, and Tech Xplore. The Hub stage will host Global Air Traffic Management and Cargo Connect, exploring how these critical services supported the industry during the pandemic. The Aerospace 2050 Forum will feature a series of tracks dedicated to key growth areas in aerospace including advanced aerial mobility, sustainability and space. In addition, Tech Xplore, the brand new stage, will explore cyber security strategies alongside emerging technologies helping reboot the aviation industry including AI, 5G and automation. Major entities in the fields of technology, aviation, and cargo, will participate in the conferences, including Boeing, Accenture, G42, Air BP, Intelsat, FedEx, Kuehne + Nagel, SmartKargo, NAVPASS and Lilium.

One of the key sessions in Tech Xplore, “Touchless Travel: Leveraging mobile technology to overcome the challenges posed by the pandemic”, will show how leading airlines are using advanced mobile technology to make travel safe. Furthermore, as part of the Aerospace 2050 Forum, “Investing in the future of sustainable autonomous flight” panel will shed light on Dubai’s mission to ensure that a quarter of all journeys in the emirate are taken on autonomous transport by 2030, as part of its plan to achieve sustainable aviation.

Chris Raymond, Chief Sustainability Officer at Boeing, said: “It’s apparent that the UAE is committed to creating a more sustainable future and we have collaborated with them on multiple initiatives such as founding the Sustainable Bioenergy Research Consortium (SBRC) to develop sustainable aviation fuels. We are also grateful for our partnership with Etihad Airways on the Greenliner programme and the ecoDemonstrator 2020 program, ultimately collaborating to accelerate innovative technologies that further enhance the safety and sustainability of flying for current and future generations.”

Talal Al Kaissi, Vice President of Special Projects and Space Program at Group42, said: “At Group42, we believe that artificial intelligence is the next super utility with a huge potential for positive progress across various industries, globally. Aviation and aerospace is certainly no exception. We look forward to participating at this year’s Tech Xplore to discuss ways in which AI can be leveraged in the sector to increase speed, efficiency, safety and drive the post-pandemic recovery.” 

Dubai Airshow 2021 will be held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister of the UAE, Ruler of Dubai and UAE Minister of Defence – from 14-18 November 2021.

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UAE’s Largest Boat Club Drops Anchor at Al Hamra Marina, Ras Al Khaimah

The Captain’s Club, the UAE’s biggest, full-service premier boat club, today announced the opening of its seventh location in the country. Located at Al Hamra Marina, Ras Al Khaimah, members are guaranteed access to an expansive fleet of more than 100 boats and yachts across three cities. Everyone from newcomers to seasoned sailors can take to the seas without the hassles of ownership costs, maintenance, and mooring.

Commenting on the expansion of The Captain’s Club into Ras Al Khaimah, Zaid Shouly, CEO & Managing Partner of The Captain’s Club said, “We have witnessed a high level of interest and demand within the UAE market, since we provide an economical alternative to boat ownership, and a solution to all the hassles that comes with it. Our expansion into Ras Al Khaimah reflects our commitment to deliver exceptional, hassle-free, boating experiences to new and diverse audiences across the UAE. We invite the boating community at large to join us as we foster a community that celebrates life on the water.”

He added “We are proud to see The Captain’s Club set sail on another great adventure. We started in 2014 with just four boats, and within a span of only seven years, have grown to a fleet of more than 100 boats and yachts. The UAE presents fantastic opportunities for SMEs to thrive, and we are thankful for the cooperation that we have received from the government to make this happen.”

The Captain’s Club is an easy, economically viable way to set sail without the hassles of boat ownership. Every aspect of the Club has been conceptualized for convenience – be it guaranteed access to more than 100 boats and yachts, or robust training to ensure members are confident and capable boaters.

Whether you prefer jetting in a high-performance sports boat or are eager for relaxation in the open seas, take your pick from mini-yachts, wakeboarding boats, fishing boats, pontoons, and Speed Boats. The Club also offers complimentary training for new members setting sail for the first time, as well as refresher courses for those progressing to a larger, more powerful boat.

The new location adds to The Club’s growing footprint across the UAE, including Emirates Palace Marina, Yas Marina, Dubai Harbour, Jumeirah Harbour, Palm Jumeirah and Bvlgari Marina.

Membership at The Captain’s Club offers approximately 90% saving based on estimated costs of owning a boat, with monthly packages starting as low as AED1,450.

For more information about The Captain’s Club, visit