Career Choice: Hospitality & TourismUpdated on April 15, 2014 // Created on July 30, 2013
There’s no question that the UAE’s hospitality and tourism industry is booming: headline after headline offer strong examples of growth, “Abu Dhabi hotel stays up 23 per cent” and “Dubai International tops Paris CDG as second busiest airport in the world”. Coupled with a 2012 report forecasting 67 per cent growth in the UAE’s hospitality market by 2016, all indications point to a promising time ahead for this sector. Indeed in March 2013, Laimoon found that six out of the top 25 hiring firms in the UAE were hotel groups. So, this is a great time to enter the hospitality and tourism profession, or strive to achieve the ever-growing number of senior positions. Investing in your personal development is the ideal way to achieve that.
Want to become a CEO?
For those with considerable experience in the sector and aspiring to the top job, a Master’s degree is the best option for you. This is a top-level qualification to meet the growing need for highly-skilled, highlyexperienced and committed employees. Such a qualification really will set you apart from the competition.
High school Graduates?
A Bachelor’s degree is an ideal option for high school graduat es hoping to fast-track to management positions within the sector. While others start their career with issuing tickets and cleaning rooms, you will begin by learning how to manage these services and how they impact on the success of the business as a whole. You can take your career worldwide and even start your own business.
The MSc in International Hospitality Management is offered by The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management in Dubai. Owned by Jumeirah Group and in academic association with Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne, programmes are internationally recognised and fully accredited in the UK, Australia and the UAE. This is the GOLD standard for hospitality education. The next intake is September 2013, entry requirements apply. Find it here.
The Bachelors in Hotel Management, Travel and Tourism is offered by Manipal University - Dubai Campus. This threeyear, full-time programme is offered at Dubai International Academic City. It has been created with industry experts, and is designed to meet the imminent needs of the sector. Next intake is September 2013, entry requirements apply. Find it here.
The top hiring companies in the UAE Hospitality Sector include Accor, Jumeirah Group, Rotana Group, Fairmont, Etihad Airways and Emirates Airlines.