Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism) has announced the launch of the Dubai College of Tourism, dedicated to training the next generation of tourism professionals.
The government-backed vocational college will be accepting its first batch of students in September, state news agency WAM reported.
Its mandate is to educate and empower future leaders, entrepreneurs and employees of Dubai’s expanding tourism industry, ensuring a steady pipeline of highly trained hospitality professionals for the city, WAM said.
The opening of the institution is in line with Dubai Tourism’s strategy that aims to welcome 20 million visitors to the city by 2020.
In addition, the college will also serve as the base to develop and roll out training programmes that encourage young UAE nationals to be part of the city’s evolving tourism sector.
The college's practical and flexible vocational courses are focused around five core faculties - tourism, events, hospitality, retail and culinary arts, WAM added.
The educational programmes will be accredited by Dubai’s Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA).
Essa bin Hadher, general manager of the college, said: "Developing a knowledgeable and well-rounded hospitality workforce that delivers exceptional customer service is key to Dubai’s rapidly expanding tourism industry.
"Supported by the Government, Dubai College of Tourism is dedicated to delivering ‘best-in-class’ vocational educational programmes that will develop key skills, provide practical on-the-job experience and ensure we meet the needs of both learners and employers."
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