Abu Dhabi: The capital city has invested Dh79 million on the country's first industrial simulation academy, Gulf News has learnt.

The facility can enrol and accommodate up to 650 Emirati and expatriate students on its newly inaugurated campus.

Simulation training is known as the most effective method of teaching operations personnel of industrial plants to observe the consequences of their actions without any direct impact on actual plant operations.

Even though less than ten students have enrolled for the first class, scheduled for next week at the Emirates Simulation Academy's (ESA), it is expected that 18 expatriate students will join the programme in the next batch.

"We will enrol up to 200 students this year in our five classes at ESA, said Pavol Harangozo, the institution's General Manager.