Saturday, January 28, 2017

Miral to create 1,000 new tourism jobs in Abu Dhabi

Farah Experiences, a subsidiary of UAE-based Miral, has launched a new training and recruiting program to help boost employment among Emirati nationals in the travel and tourism sector.

The program supports Miral’s ambition to contribute 2,500 jobs to the Abu Dhabi tourism industry by 2018; 1,000 of which will be part of the Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi theme park opening.
The innovative program, still in its pilot phase, was developed to meet the demand for new Emirati skills, by identifying and engaging with local talent, said a statement from Miral.

The program has already placed 40 new staffers, identified during the first recruitment day. Miral has committed to welcoming another 160 over the next 12 months, it stated.

The three-month, paid program, offers young Emiratis six weeks training in Ferrari World Abu Dhabi and Yas Waterworld, with the highest performers considered for full-time employment on Yas Island, including the upcoming Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi.

“This is a unique ambassador program, as it offers an extremely hands-on approach to training at one of the most dynamic and renowned leisure facilities in the region,” remarked Miral chief executive Mohamed Abdalla Al Zaabi.

“We have already witnessed fantastic demand, and success in the early stages, which is encouraging, as we look forward to enrolling more trainees throughout the year. Our model extends beyond the traditional Emiratization approach by allowing students to demonstrate and improve their skills first-hand, in one of the most in-demand and exciting sectors in the world,”stated Al Zaabi.

Mariam Al Musharrekh, the associate director of Human Resources at Miral, said: "We are fully committed to contributing 1,000 additional jobs to the tourism sector in the UAE by 2018, and this innovative program will play a major role in identifying and selecting the best local talent."

“We begun rolling out the project at the end of 2016, and we are proud to announce we have already identified a number of rising stars among our ranks. Given the complexity of the industry, the program will be crucial in developing future specialists and leaders of tourism in the UAE, beyond traditional recruitment models,” she noted.

Waleed Ahmed Abdulla Al Katheeri, one of the first recruits to join the program, is already flourishing in the new role, having been accepted through the initial opening day.

“As an Emirati keen on growing my skills in one of the country’s most demanding industries, this incredible experience has already been invaluable in providing me with insight into how the travel and tourism sector works,” he said

“Since enrollment, my passion for the travel sector has grown with gusto, and I hope to be considered for a full-time role upon graduation, to help Abu Dhabi during this formidable growth period.”

The program further demonstrates Miral’s commitment to creating opportunities in the travel and tourism sector, as it expands and develops world-class facilities on Yas Island, in support of Abu Dhabi’s ambition to diversify its economy.-TradeArabia News Service

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