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QTA, Stenden sign pact for tour guide programme.

Issa bin Mohamed al-Mohannadi (left), QTA's chairman, and Wayne Johnson, Stenden University Qatar's president shake hands after signing the letter of agreement. The Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) and Stenden University Qatar have signed a letter of agreement to initiate a new programme to train and authorise professional tour guides for Qatar who are knowledgeable about the nation's history, culture and heritage as well as points of tourism interest.

The Letter of Agreement was signed by Issa bin Mohamed al-Mohannadi, QTA's chairman, and Wayne Johnson, Stenden University Qatar's president. Also in attendance from Stenden University Qatar were Otmane Sadoki, head of Academic Operations, Simone Arnheiter, head of Marketing, Sohair Abul-Haija, Senior Academic Specialist Adviser and Vera Rassam, Student Affairs manager.

"As part of QTA's mission in developing human capital, we initiated the Tour Guide License Programme to ensure Qatar's tour guides are professional. This programme comes in line with QTA's plan to develop the human resources in the tourism sector," al-Mohannadi said.

The Tour Guide License Programme will cover the history of Qatar from the Al Ubaidi Period through the Bronze Age, Kassite Period, Greek and Roman influences, Sasonid Period, Islamic Period, Umayyad and Abbassid Period and Bani Khalid Time right up to British rule and recent contemporary history of Qatar. The programme will also cover the rulers of Qatar, the al-Thani Dynasty and the country's geography, plants and wildlife, land characteristics and weather. In addition, the course will include an introduction to tourism and tour guiding, the tourism system, developing communications skills, customer care, conducting tours, health and safety along with legal and ethical issues.

The tour guide course at Stenden will be open to Qatari high school graduates who are already familiar with the country's history and culture and able to speak both English and Arabic.

Gulf Times Newspaper 2013

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Publication:Gulf Times (Doha, Qatar)
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Date:Mar 29, 2013
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