Emirati job seekers are getting a taste of careers in the tourism industry.
Emirati job seekers get taste of tourism industry
ABU DHABI // Emirati job seekers are getting a taste of careers in the tourism industry.
More than 60 UAE nationals have taken part in Taster Days, an initiative to introduce them to opportunities in Abu Dhabi's growing tourism sector.
The aim is to double the number of nationals in the industry to two per cent by 2012.
During the two-day initiative, Emiratis worked in hotels, resorts, entertainment companies and attractions. A week-long programme will follow, beginning October 31.
"There is no substitute for hands-on experience. By being part of an organisation, job-seekers get an informed perspective of how businesses are run, the inherent challenges and opportunities, and potential future career paths," said Nasser Al Reyami, Tourism Standards Director at Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority.
He said the initiative would provide important career skills and help create a dynamic talent pool.
The programme was organised by the tourism authority and the Emirates Foundation's Tawteen programme.
"We believe that it is the right time to increase their contribution to the growing tourism and hospitality industry in Abu Dhabi," said Mohammed al Nuaimi, director of the Tawteen organisation.