Career Choice: Hospitality & TourismPosted on July 25, 2013


There’s no question that the UAE’s hospitality and tourism industry is booming: headline after headline offer strong examples of growth, “Abu Dhabi hotel stays up 23 per cent” and “Dubai International tops Paris CDG as second busiest airport in the world”. Coupled with a 2012 report forecasting 67 per cent growth in the UAE’s hospitality market by 2016, all indications point to a promising time ahead for this sector. Indeed in March 2013, Laimoon found that six out of the top 25 hiring firms in the UAE were hotel groups. So, this is a great time to enter the hospitality and tourism profession, or strive to achieve the ever-growing number of senior positions. Investing in your personal development is the ideal way to achieve that.

Want to become a CEO?

For those with considerable experience in the sector and aspiring to the top job, a Master’s degree is the best option for you. This is a top-level qualification to meet the growing need for highly-skilled, highlyexperienced and committed employees. Such a qualification really will set you apart from the competition.

High school Graduates?

A Bachelor’s degree is an ideal option for high school graduat
es hoping to fast-track to management positions within the sector. While others start their career with issuing tickets and cleaning rooms, you will begin by learning how to manage these services and how they impact on the success of the business as a whole. You can take your career worldwide and even start your own business.





The MSc in International Hospitality Management is offered by The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management in Dubai. Owned by Jumeirah Group and in academic association with Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne, programmes are internationally recognised and fully accredited in the UK, Australia and the UAE. This is the GOLD standard for hospitality education. The next intake is September 2013, entry requirements apply. Find it here.


The Bachelors in Hotel Management, Travel and Tourism is offered by Manipal University – Dubai
Campus. This threeyear, full-time programme is offered at Dubai International Academic City. It has been created with industry experts, and is designed to meet the imminent needs of the sector. Next intake is September 2013, entry requirements apply. Find it here.

The top hiring companies in the UAE Hospitality & Tourism Sector according to include Accor, Jumeirah Group, Rotana Group, Fairmont, Etihad Airways and Emirates Airlines.

2 Responses to “Career Choice: Hospitality & Tourism”

  1. Shahnaz July 28, 2013 at 3:00 pm #

    My name is Shahnaz, i’m from Tajikistan(Central Asia). Now studying in Malaysia, MBA in Leisure and Tourism management. I wanted to know is there any chance to get If i can get scholarship, does your university cover tuition, room and board in university dorms, rou the job for fresh MBA students with no experience in that sphere or maybe at least transfer there and finish my last semester than receive the job? Also,..will you cover tuition fees, flight…?
    Your sincerely Shahnaz.

    • Bobbi Hartshorne August 20, 2013 at 12:15 pm #

      Hi there,

      I’m Bobbi, Head of Education Partnerships at

      Thanks for your comment.

      I think you would struggle to find anywhere in the whole world that would cover your flight costs, your tuition fees etc financially, and then find you a job. If such a service existed wouldn’t we all know about it?!

      Scholarships are available at many institutions in the UAE, however in general they are only available for students who start a course from the beginning, not transfer students. Although it is not beyong possibility that some scholarships or discounts may be available for some transfer students. The only way to know is to ask the institutions directly themselves. You can find many of the UAE’s MBA and Hospitality course providers here and here and you can get them to call you back with answers to all your questions using the form that appears when you click the ‘request’ info button on the courses you like the look of.

      As per the article the UAE’s Hospitality sector is in boom time – so I’m sure with the right education and persistance to get some great experience you will have a very fulilling career here with great progression opportunities! Good luck!

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