Dubai's DPR picks 10 for Emiratisation study in US

The 10 chosen Emiratis will receive a full scholarship to the University of Central Florida in Orlando, US, to study theme park management under DPR's Helmi Programme

10 Emirati students will study theme park management in the US under DPR's programme.
10 Emirati students will study theme park management in the US under DPR's programme.

Dubai Parks and Resorts has revealed the first 10 Emirati graduates who will receive a full scholarship to the University of Central Florida in Orlando, US, to study theme park management as a part of its education initiative, Helmi Programme. 

The Helmi Programme, launched in September, 2015, is a part of Dubai Parks and Resorts’ Emiratisation programme, which is set to hire more than 1,000 UAE nationals in the next 12 months.

The company has signed an agreement with the Rosen College of Hospitality Management at the University of Central Florida, recognised as experts in theme park related education, to offer an exclusive certified programme for Emiratis.

Helmi is one of three programmes launched by Dubai Parks and Resorts as part of its commitment to empower nationals and grow a new generation of talent for the theme park industry.

The programme aims to train professionals through a six-month intensive study in order to play a central role in driving the operations of the company’s three theme parks, water park, hotel and retail, and dining districts, set to open in October 2016.

In addition to the 10 Emiratis who will study in Florida, a later stage of the project will involve a further 40 UAE nationals participating in the same course with a visiting faculty in Dubai.

Raed Al Nuaimi, chief executive officer of Dubai Parks and Resorts, said: “Dubai Parks and Resorts is committed to developing the fast growing theme park and leisure industry from a long term sustainability perspective, which includes everything from infrastructure to talent cultivation.

"Through its extensive Emiratisation programme and innovative education programme we aim to cultivate experts in the industry and develop a new generation of Emirati talent.”

The 10 chosen Emirati graduates will be putting theory into practice during their course, which will include study as well as practical on the job learning at several theme parks in Orlando.

The graduates will make their journey to Orlando on 31 October, 2015, to begin their six month training on 4 November.  

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