DCT, which is the educational institution within Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism), signed the agreement on November 11, pledging to have a keen focus on tourism jobs and other sectors with ‘tourism touchpoints’.
Signed by both Essa Bin Hadher, general manager of Dubai College of Tourism, and Mohammed AlHashmi, chief technology officer of Expo 2020 Dubai, the deal plans for a six week training programme running from January to May 2020.
The course will consist of three weeks of classroom training and another three weeks of on-site training. The classroom component will consist of six modules teaching the 350 students about Expo 2020 Dubai, communication, leadership, hospitality and resilience.
Gulf News estimated in April this year that at its peak, as many as 94,400 people could be working for Expo 2020 Dubai. Expo 2020 Dubai has also confirmed itself that it expects more than 30,000 volunteers.
Fatima Alloghani, head of Expo Academy and emiratisation - human resources, workforce & volunteers, Expo 2020 Dubai: “This is a new and unique opportunity offered by the Expo Generation Programme to UAE national graduates to gain experience in organising global mega events and receive training in operational and leadership skills as part of the Expo 2020 Dubai team. The impact will last well into the legacy phase of Expo 2020, with the Expo Academy curriculum to remain part of the Dubai College of Tourism programme.”
Hadher said: “As we strive to achieve the goal of Dubai’s Tourism Vision 2022-25 of making Dubai the world’s most visited city and the destination of choice for global travellers, as envisioned by His Highness, Sheikh Mohamed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, we recognise how crucial it is to build a large workforce of skilled Emiratis and pave the way for more and more locals to take up employment across tourism touchpoints in the city.”
AlHashmi added: “…the agreement ensures continuous impact long after Expo 2020, by helping to prepare and train future generations to host more mega events in the future, contributing to the UAE and regional economy in the long run.”