of the Tourism and Hospitality Workforce
Emirati participation in the hospitality sector
Dubai, UAE, October 2003: Tourism and hospitality leaders in the
UAE have been urged to spearhead a nationalisation drive in their industry
by a human resources expert, who cited the 0.2 per cent rate of Emirati
participation in the sector as a serious cause for concern.
“By 2006, there will be another 150,000 nationals entering looking for employment – increasing the size of the total workforce by 20 per cent. So, if we are to absorb these increasing numbers, we must invest in customised training to take the needs of both the employer and the job-seeker into account.”
Al Khaja pointed out that women are a largely untapped resource for employment, and the rate of unemployment for UAE national women is the highest among all groups in the UAE labour market at 8.3 per cent.
He added: “The tourism and hospitality sector can lead a nationalisation drive, not least because the industry is perfect for Arabs thanks to this region’s natural lean towards hospitality. But this drive requires both investment and commitment.
“National women especially can be trained to play a pivotal role in niche areas such as banqueting departments for weddings, outside catering, or children’s events – in fact, any activities that allow them to be away from the ‘shop floor’.”
The Dubai chapter of Skal, the international organisation of tourism leaders, was launched in September 2002 with the support of Dubai Tourism & Commerce Marketing (DTCM), and 20 founding members. Membership is on target to reach 100 by year end.
Registered as Dubai Chapter 672 through the Skal headquarters in Torremolinos, Spain, the Dubai members join more than 25,000 tourism professionals in more than 525 clubs in 80 countries in their pursuit for the sound development of tourism worldwide.
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|Middle East Hotels - Trends and Opportunities / HVS International / October 2001|