In cooperation with the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation, the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) recently organised a Recruitment Open Day to encourage Emirati youth to work in the tourism sector.

The event, which was attended by students from Zayed University, UAE University, Abu Dhabi University, Higher Colleges of Technology and European International College, served as an invitation to UAE youth to participate in the development of Abu Dhabi as a tourism destination and as a platform for investing in, while helping to develop professional cadres to drive the industry.

As well as the more than 250 job vacancies offered to Emiratis in the tourism sector by DCT Abu Dhabi, 15 hotels from Abu Dhabi also participated with 61 job vacancies on offer. The hotels included Emirates Palace, InterContinental Abu Dhabi, Rosewood Abu Dhabi, Radisson Blu, Dusit Thani, Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, Fairmont, Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort, Shangri-La, Park Hyatt Hotel, Aloft Abu Dhabi, Ritz-Carlton, St. Regis Saadiyat, Marriott Hotel Al Forsan, Holiday Inn Abu Dhabi and Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi Yas Island.

Fatima Farhan, director of Recruitment Department at the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation, said that the strategic partnership between the Ministry and DCT Abu Dhabi was based on the integration of their roles and missions, which in turn would contribute to increasing Emiratisation in the private sector.

“The tourism sector in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi is filled with career opportunities that meet the aspirations of Emiratis, especially those preparing to graduate and join the private sector, which provides broad prospects for professional development and growth,” said Farhan.  “The importance of the recruitment open days that we organise at the Ministry in cooperation with our partners lies in their ability to reach a wide number of students and graduates, as well as in attracting national human resources to fill the available positions in institutions and companies working in the economic sectors.

“By linking companies with jobseekers, these events play an active role in allowing companies to identify the abilities and skills they need in their work structure, as well as providing students with information on the nature of jobs provided and their requirements.”

Maha Jassim Al Mansoori, director of the People and Performance Department at DCT Abu Dhabi, said: “We were pleased to organise this event in cooperation with the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation, to present a strategic platform to attract Emirati students and university graduates to work in the tourism sector.

“DCT Abu Dhabi's efforts have succeeded in the localisation of jobs in the tourism sector, which comes as a result of the active response of the private sector, and its commitment to providing more jobs for those wishing to make a difference in an industry that plays a key role in diversifying the economy of Abu Dhabi.”

“DCT Abu Dhabi is committed to providing valuable training opportunities to develop the skills of Emiratis, so that they can contribute positively to the growth of the tourism sector, while also strengthening their professional experience towards a successful and productive career.”

Participants learned about the expertise required to work in the tourism sector and were introduced to opportunities in the field and at DCT Abu Dhabi, which promotes Abu Dhabi, its cultural heritage and its attractions. They were also presented with the family entertainment activities that DCT Abu Dhabi offers to residents and visitors, which contribute to enhancing the emirate’s position as a sustainable, world-class tourism destination.

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