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Will Dubaï welcome a new hospitality school?

As part of its touristic development strategy by 2020, Dubai launches the creation of a new hospitality school offering vocational education. The aim is to cope with the growing need for skilled professionals in the industry.

Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing announces the launch of a hospitality college: Dubai College of Tourism (DCT) which will welcome its first students in September 2017. This initiative follows Dubai’s desire to attract 20 million visitors by 2020 and to cope with a growing demand for a skilled workforce – which should represent 500,000 jobs in 2020.

The college will first offer an introduction to the tourism sector through five core pillars: tourism, hospitality, events, culinary arts and retail. From January 2018, Individual and in-depth certificate and diploma courses will be offered. The length of these training programs will last one to two years. In addition to this, the college will also offer short training courses that cover the culture and history of Dubai to professionals already working in the sector. This operation is realized in partnership with the Australian Group TAFE SA, which will bring its teacher training expertise.

As a reminder, in 2016, Dubai’s airport registered an increase in its traffic by +7.2% in comparison to 2015, which represented about 83.6 million passengers. Dubai's hospitality sector is however in decline in the first two months of this year. Sector professionals have registered a RevPAR in decline by -3.2% on that period, in comparison with 2015, according to the data of OlaKala_destination Database. This decline can be explained by the strong increase in the supply and an aggressive price strategy combined with an economic downturn.
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