Gates Hospitality, a leading hospitality group founded by its CEO and Founder: Dr Naim Maadad, proudly announces a strategic partnership with Dubai College of Tourism (DCT), a world class vocational tourism college that drives professional excellence capability in all tourism and hospitality service personnel in Dubai, established by the Dubai Department of Economy and Tourism (DET).  

Through this collaboration, students of Dubai College of Tourism will have the unique opportunity to gain practical insights and hands-on experience at some of Gates Hospitality’s venues, including Reform Social and Grill, Bistro des Arts, and Folly in Dubai. 

Key Highlights of the Partnership:

·         Internship Opportunities: Gates Hospitality will offer exclusive internship programmes, allowing students to apply their theoretical knowledge in a practical setting. This hands-on experience will be invaluable in preparing them for the challenges of the dynamic hospitality landscape. 

·         Training Initiatives: Gates Hospitality is dedicated to fostering a culture of continuous learning. The partnership will facilitate training sessions and workshops conducted by members of the GATES Hospitality team, thereby exposing DCT students to experienced professionals sharing real-life case studies, best practices and current trends within the sector. 

·         Mentorship Programmes: Recognising the significance of mentorship in professional development, Gates Hospitality will provide mentorship opportunities for students. Seasoned professionals from the organisation will guide and inspire students as they navigate the complexities of the hospitality industry. 

Essa Bin Hadher, General Manager of Dubai College of Tourism, stated, “Dubai College of Tourism (DCT)’s partnership with Gates Hospitality aligns with our mission to provide students with a comprehensive education that extends beyond the classroom. We believe that this collaboration will play a pivotal role in preparing our students for successful careers in the hospitality sector and is line with the goal of the Dubai Economic Agenda, D33 to further consolidate Dubai’s position as one of the top three global cities for business and leisure.” 

Naim Maadad, CEO and Founder of Gates Hospitality, expressed his enthusiasm for the collaboration, stating: “It is with great pride that we join forces with Dubai College of Tourism in shaping the future of the hospitality sector. Through this partnership, we aim to create a bridge between academic knowledge and practical experience, empowering students to thrive. As the hospitality sector continues to evolve, this partnership reflects Gates Hospitality’s commitment to investing in the next generation of industry professionals.” 

The ‘job-focused’ training on offer at DCT will be attractive for students who do not want to continue with ‘academic’ study and would like a clear path to a myriad of exciting and rewarding career opportunities within Dubai’s tourism and hospitality sectors.  

The vocational training on offer has been designed in partnership with the industry; students will gain practical experience through internships that will lead to jobs after completion of the course, as well as enhanced future opportunities for progression within the industry. 

The partnership between Gates Hospitality and Dubai College of Tourism signifies a powerful synergy between academia and industry, creating a pathway for students to emerge as skilled and confident professionals in the field of hospitality.


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