INTO THE DEEP
PROUD TO BE AUD
“I’m definitely a proud AUD alumnus – I wear my class ring to show off my AUD pride all day every day, even when diving. The main inspiration during my university career definitely came from my professors. From the School of Business Administration, Dr. Abu Ali is a leading example of an educator, showing genuine care for the wellbeing of his students and the educational process. AUD has given me knowledge that cannot be placed against a numerical value, as well as a lifetime family and community that I will always be proud to say I belong to.”
Hassan Khayal is a man who has dived into the deep end – by choice. Graduating from AUD’s Bachelor of Business Administration program in December 2014, he now owns and runs a successful scuba diving company and credits his studies for helping achieve his dreams.
“Having already known the industry I wanted to work in – scuba diving – I wanted to obtain the skills that would aid me to operate in this industry, which is why I chose Business Administration and specifically Accounting and Finance. AUD was the obvious choice as it has the strongest business program in the UAE,” explains Hassan.
As a testament to Hassan’s dedication and entrepreneurial spirit, he opened his scuba diving company, Fantasy Diving, while still a student at AUD. Today, he’s living the dream by spending his time diving in some of the UAE’s most talked-about dive spots while still having a strong handle on running a company in today’s competitive world.
“The scuba diving industry is extremely enjoyable but also extremely challenging,” he continues. "Activities range from educational, as we teach and certify people at all levels, to entertainment, as we take certified divers on pleasure diving trips across the UAE and Gulf region. In addition, we organize international trips to many famous diving destinations.
"Working in an industry that I'm passionate about makes me excited to get out of bed each and every single day. My days even stretch well into the late evenings at times when we have students for our Night Diving specialty.”
Hassan’s AUD professors, including Dr. Abu Ali, would take pride in their former student’s passion for teaching. “The various students make every day different, and the joy they get out of diving completely makes my day worth it, every single time,” says Hassan.
“I especially enjoy teaching introductory level courses for people who are just entering the world of scuba diving. I can experience their joy and fascination, which reminds me of my own beginnings in diving and fills me with pride for being able to share my passion and love with the world.”
Hassan is hoping to raise awareness and knowledge of the underwater world and emphasizes the importance of protecting the environment. He has already started work on special environmental awareness diving courses and is a partner with Project AWARE, an international non-profit organization for marine life sustainability.
He also plans to return to AUD to continue his studies and enroll in the Masters of Business Administration (MBA) program to further his goals.
“What I have learned in AUD directly impacts my everyday life at work. While not directly applicable to scuba diving, business skills are a necessary part of any company, and my AUD education has greatly helped,” says Hassan.