The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management in Dubai is expecting up to 10% of its 2012 graduates to be Emirati nationals – the highest level yet.
Ron Hilvert, managing director of The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management, told Hotelier Middle East that, “eight or nine per cent of those graduating" are likely to be Emirati national students.
“I think we’ve seen a tremendous improvement in the quality of our Emirati students. This is a new industry for them, and 10 years ago there were no Emirati students graduating with hospitality degrees. We can see a real improvement and, therefore, would say in 10 to 20 years down the road, one would have to be optimistic that there will be a number of very good young Emiratis running big businesses in this country,” Hilvert said.
He added that companies in the region must embrace Emirati nationals and make “every effort” to help introduce them into the industry, as “the future is for them”.
“We have a target of 10% at least in the near future and we’re nearly there, so I’m pleased. There’s a long way to go, but this is great.”