Hotel schools in UAE are undergoing expansion

Emirates Academy Dubai to add more classrooms, Abu Dhabi’s Falcon offers hotel course

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By  Sarah Gain Published  October 3, 2006

Educational institutes across the UAE are refining their curricula and expanding rapidly in a bid to provide more qualified hotel staff to the region’s burgeoning industry. A major extension at the Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management in Dubai is well underway and is scheduled to open in early 2007. Meanwhile, the Falcon College of Hotel Management & Tourism has announced the launch of the first hotel management and tourism programme in Abu Dhabi. Additional facilities at Dubai’s Emirates Academy will include extra class/teaching rooms, two auditoria and a large learning resource centre. “The additional campus space and facilities are much needed and will assist us in accommodating the rapid growth we have enjoyed since we first opened in the summer of 2001,” said The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management’s managing director, Ron Hilvert. “With a further intake of more than 85 students joining The Emirates Academy in October this year, the student population will exceed 250. The new facilities, which are state-of-the-art, will allow us to continue offering the highest quality of teaching, service and facilities to the ever-growing international student body.” The new campus extension will feature six additional classrooms, several new offices for the academic faculty, a prayer room and two auditoria each with a capacity to accommodate 88 students. A fully equipped learning resource centre will also open within the new campus building, featuring several study and meetings rooms where students will work on group projects. In addition to its current restaurant and café facilities in the main campus building, the extension will also see the opening of an additional café with indoor and outdoor seating, boasting views of the Burj Al Arab. A new mini market and extension of the existing Club House on campus will also be part of the extension plan at The Emirates Academy. “The rapid growth of The Emirates Academy is testimony to the quality of the faculty and the various degree programmes on offer as well as its mature, professional and truly international student body,” said Gerald Lawless, CEO of Jumeirah Group, parent company of the academy. Current degree programmes on offer at The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management are a Bachelor of Science (BSc) Hons Degree in International Hospitality Management, a Bachelor of Arts (BA) Hons Degree in International Tourism Management, an Associate Degree in International Hospitality Operations and an Associate Degree in Business and Tourism. Meanwhile, Abu Dhabi’s Falcon College is now preparing its first hotel management and tourism programme. The college is accepting applications for the degree course, which will start in January. “We recognise that the hospitality and tourism industry in Abu Dhabi and the region as a whole is flourishing and employers require bright, capable people to complement their teams,” said Abdulla Abduljalil Al Fahim, chairman of Falcon College. “The main reason for establishing the college was to create new graduates that are capable of keeping up with the developments and prosperity of the tourism sector in the UAE and worldwide,” he added. Falcon College is also preparing to expand its facilities and will add a new campus within two years. The educational institute is affiliated to the Cesar Ritz College in Switzerland, one of the leading hotel management training educational programmes in Europe.

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