Dubai College of Tourism has revealed the first graduates of its interactive training programme, ‘Dubai Way’ designed for government and private sector staff engaged in tourist-facing roles in various service sectors.
The first three ‘Dubai Way’ champions are all from hotels under InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG): Irfan Yaqoob from Crowne Plaza Dubai - Deira, Hassan Hamada from InterContinental Dubai Festival City, and Karena Regro from Crowne Plaza Dubai Festival City.
DCT general manager Essa Bin Hadher awarded certificates to the three graduates at separate events held on June 5 and June 11.
Hadher said: "The response we’ve so far had to the ‘Dubai Way’ initiative has been extremely encouraging. The programme forms part of our overall efforts to continue to raise the bar in excellence in all aspects of Dubai’s tourism industry.
‘Dubai Way’ is designed to empower all those in tourist facing jobs with the relevant information and knowledge so they can use it to create a memorable experience for visitors to Dubai.
"As our tourism industry grows, ‘Dubai Way’ offers standardised information and instructions when it comes to guest services and relations, enabling us to deliver world-class services whilst still retaining Dubai’s culture of hospitality."
The three ‘Dubai Way’ champions have completed level two of the programme, which includes 31 training videos, 15 activities and nine mini-assessments, followed by a final assessment.
The topics covered during the programme include the following: "Introducing Dubai"; "Life in Dubai"; "Getting Around and Basic Services"; "A Tour of Dubai’s districts"; "Dubai Way of Customer Service"; and "Communicating with Travellers".
Irfan Yaqoob, a Pakistani national employed as a concierge at Crowne Plaza Dubai – Deira, said: “Things develop so fast in Dubai that you have to keep updating your tourism knowledge, and the 'Dubai Way' programme is a useful way for people like us in the hotel sector to achieve this.
I am really happy, and thankful to my hotel management for having encouraged me to participate in this programme. The 'Dubai Way' programme has helped me get a better understanding of Dubai’s history, heritage and attractions. Now I am sure my daily interaction with guests will become even more interesting.”
Karena Regro, from the Philippines, and a guest experience specialist at Crowne Plaza Dubai Festival City, said: “This is the first time I have done a programme like this. I feel so honoured to participate and do well. I have been in Dubai for about four years and yet do not know everything about Dubai.
But the 'Dubai Way' programme is very interesting and I did learn so much about Dubai. As someone who is a part of the front office section, I regularly have to deal with guests who ask for different options, like places to visit, where one can have a meal. Thanks to 'Dubai Way', I have become more knowledgeable about Dubai and confident in dealing with guests.”
The ‘Dubai Way’ initiative was launched earlier this year by DCT for tourism professionals who interact with visitors day-to-day, such as staff at hotels, airlines, airports, malls, transportation systems, theme parks, tourism attractions, and even exchange houses.
The online programme, which can also be accessed on all smart mobile devices, is delivered through practical video lessons that offer students the opportunity to learn basic but important information that they can rely on during their regular interaction with tourists.
The video toolkit features online activities and assessments and provides interactive knowledge of Dubai’s history and heritage, its future developments, attractions, infrastructure and as well as lessons in customer service.