Dubai Parks opens education program for Emiratis
Dubai Parks and Resorts will provide a scholarship programme for 10 UAE Nationals to undertake a six-month study at the University of Central Florida in Orlando in Theme Park Management
Dubai Parks and Resorts has launched its ‘Helmi Programme’, an educational initiative that will offer Emiratis the opportunity to gain expertise in the operations and management of theme parks in Orlando, USA as part of its new plan to hire over 1,000 UAE nationals.
As part of Helmi, Arabic for ‘my dream,’ which compliments the Dubai Plan 2021 and the 7-Year National Agenda to promote Emiratisation and empower national talent, Dubai Parks and Resorts will provide a scholarship programme for 10 UAE Nationals to undertake a six-month study at the University of Central Florida in Orlando in Theme Park Management.
A further 40 Emiratis will undertake the same course with a visiting faculty in Dubai.
Dubai Parks and Resorts, which last month launched an Emiratisation programme to recruit more than 1,000 UAE nationals in the next 12 months, has signed an agreement with the Rosen College of Hospitality Management at the University of Central Florida, to offer an exclusive certified programme for Emiratis.
Participants in the programme, which is open to Emirati graduates under the age of 25, and with a GPA of 3.5 or above, will receive practical and on the job placement at several theme parks, including Legoland Florida Resort.
Another 40 nationals will complete their training in Dubai with visiting faculty from the Rosen College of Hospitality.
Helmi is one of three programmes launched by Dubai Parks and Resorts as part of its commitment to dedicate more than 1,000 jobs to Emiratis within the coming 12 months.
Each programme will empower participants to become well-trained professionals, who will play a central role in driving the operations of the company’s three theme parks, water park, hotel and retail and dining district in Dubai that are set to open in October 2016.
Raed Al Nuaimi, CEO of Dubai Parks and Resorts, said: “Dubai Parks and Resorts’ partnership with the Rosen College of Hospitality is an exciting platform within our Emiratisation programme, which will not only provide graduates with on the ground training but also practical knowledge to help develop a new generation of Emirati theme park
Dubai Parks and Resorts plans to expand the number of scholarships provided to Emiratis for the Helmi programme. These professionals will play a central role in driving the operations of the company’s three theme parks in Dubai that are set to open next year.