If you are thinking about building your career in hospitality and getting further experience by working abroad, look no further than Dubai.
Although Dubai is located in the United Arab Emirates (known for being rich in oil resources), it is distinct from the other emirates as the majority of its revenues come from tourism. The axiom “Wherever there are tourists, there are jobs for tourists” holds true here in Dubai, as expatriates make for just over 70% of the emirate’s population count.
Along with Dubai’s boom in tourism comes a significant increase in employment opportunities within the hospitality industry. The number of hotel guests increased by 228% in just a period of ten years, with the number of operating hotels jumping from 293 in 1996 to 415 in 2006. Data also shows a 492% increase in hotel revenues from 1997 to 2006, which translates to great opportunities for employees in hospitality. The hefty growth in budget could also translate to more lucrative job prospects available.
The city is due for an even bigger increase in the near future with the upcoming developments scheduled. The construction trade reports that 15-25% of the 125,000 operational cranes in the world are located in Dubai. Dubailand, which is currently under construction, is expected to attract 15 million visitors in a year. Plus with the developments of man-made islands (Palms in Jebel Ali, Jumeirah and Diera) as early as December 2008, opportunities can only go up and get better.
Recent data shows that Europeans and Asians make up the two largest groups of tourists in Dubai. There is high demand for the right communication and customer service skills in the hospitality industry, and with the right skills, it is relatively easy to get your foot in the door or gain international experience.
Landing your ideal job in the foodservice, hotel, or resort industries is a dream come true for many people. Combine that with the opportunity to gain valuable skills and the chance for adventure abroad makes this opportunity one that should not be missed.
Source: Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing, “Hotel Statistics” http://www.dubaitourism.ae/statistics/default.asp?stat=hotels
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