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The United Arab Emirate’s Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research (MOHESR) has added Les Roches International School of Hotel Management to its global list of recommended higher education institutions in 2013.
Industry watchers in the Middle East say the move is considered significant for the hospitality industry as it helps shift perception of the region as a temporary cash-cow work posting, towards a place where serious, long-term careers can be made.
In 2012, the travel and tourism industry in UAE directly supported 158,500 jobs (4.7 percent of total employment). This is predicted to rise by 4.1 percent a year to 245,000 jobs by 2023 (5.6 percent of total employment).
With sector-level expansion comes increased competition among companies to recruit and retain top talent. In the UAE, most of workforce is expatriate and spends just a few years in the country before moving on.
So, how do hotels, tour operators and professional conference organisers (PCOs) encourage people to choose to develop careers in the sector and then remain in the country to help the sector grow further? The hospitality sector and the government have been scratching their heads over this one, and different strategies are being devised and implemented, as covered by a recent article in Meet Middle East.com
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So, what do you think?
Are these the right strategies and incentives for companies to retain hospitality talent in the UAE and the Middle East region? What would make you interested making the UAE a long-term base for your career?
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