More than 4,000 have applied for Emaar's hospitality talent hunt
Emaar Hospitality Group's three year development programme aims to hone the winner for corporate director or general manager positions
More than 4,000 candidates from around the world have applied to Emaar Hospitality Group’s global talent competition to find professionals who are passionate about a career in the hospitality industry, according to a statement from the operator.
The group of young professionals, all below the age of 26, comprise graduates from top hotel and business schools with many having academic specialities in the areas of business, IT, engineering and science.
Applicants come from countries including the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Canada, USA, Australia, China, Singapore, India, France, UK, Portugal, South Africa, West African nations, Switzerland and The Netherlands, among others.
Emaar Hospitality Group corporate director of human resources Aseem Kapoor said in a statement: "We are passionate about the development of our associates, and believe that identifying and nurturing talent not only has a long-term cost-benefit but also helps attract and retain talented individuals. Our global talent scouting competition has enabled us to identify a pool of next generation skilled professionals who are passionate about the industry.
"With applicants from across the world, the talent scouting competition underlines our success as an organisation that young professionals want to work for. As a homegrown Dubai-based company with an international focus, our commitment is to providing superior guest experiences and in this journey, we look forward to working with the brightest young talents."
Applicants sent through their entries online by submitting a personal video message. Eight candidates are being short-listed; they will be invited to Dubai in July for a one-week "casting" that combines traditional and non-traditional selection techniques, such as a putting together a performance at a high-end venue and multiple individual and team-based business simulations.
The short-listed candidates will be evaluated for their personality, creativity, innovative approaches and genuine passion for the industry. The winner will undergo a three-year training under Emaar Hospitality Group’s senior leaders and work across the board to gain hands-on insights on corporate hospitality leadership.
Emaar Hospitality Group now has 13 operational hotels and three serviced residences in Dubai under Address Hotels + Resorts; Vida Hotels and Resorts, the upscale lifestyle hotel and residences brand; and Rove Hotels, a contemporary midscale hotel brand. Emaar Hospitality Group now has a pipeline of upcoming projects in the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt, Turkey and Maldives.