Abu Dhab:i Pupils from 30 girls' schools attended the Najah Education Training Careers exhibition on the second day here on Monday.

This is a significant increase in the number of those who attended the fair compared to last year.

Over 1,000 visitors arrived at the exhibition hall between 10 am to 2 pm during specified hours for females only.

Christine Weaver, Group Exhibition Director at IIR Middle East, who organised the event, feels the quality of visitors during the first and second day of the exhibition is more proactive than last year.

"Students and job seekers are more focused in finding roles within companies and are talking to various educational institutes, whether within the UAE or abroad. I think we will probably top the estimated figure of 6,000 visitors this year. It will far exceed last year's number of 4,000," said the exhibition director.

Last year's exhibition was a trial, she went on to explain. "I think this year's exhibition shows maturity. This year we are working more closely with government bodies that are very keen to support the exhibition and make it a strong one and that was witnessed during the first day and today."

Mohammad Al Balloushi, a student and graduating senior studying Business and Economics at UAE University, witnessed the inflow of anxious job seekers and students seeking a higher education during the exhibition.

"Even though I was in the exhibition to support a new programme called i-space which is designed for students' success through workshops and leadership programmes, I received a number of questions regarding new majors, job opportunities and master degrees in UAE University," said the cheerful student.

Officials feel that the exhibition has also added closeness between family members. Dr. Mugheer Al Khaili, Director General of Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC) feels it's important to guide rather than force children into careers. "We believe it's important that parents work closely with their children and jointly decide on a career path that aligns the talents, abilities and personality of the child to the career, training or higher education options on offer."

Various universities were present at the exhibition to offer options and advice to students.