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Summer Tourism Programme for Emiratis.

Summary: ABU DHABI u The Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA) will stage a summer tourism programme for young Emiratis with the aim of introducing them to the industry and enlightening them of the many career opportunitiesC it offers.

More than 70 Emirati students, including those with special needs, between 15 to 20 years old will be offered complimentary places in the youth tourism programme.

Being the first initiative of its kind in the UAE programme will run from July 12 to August 6.

"Our research shows that nationals have a limited understanding of the many varied career options available within the industry and this camp is one of a number of initiatives we are undertaking to right this misconception," said Nasser Al Reyami, Director Tourism Standards at ADTA.

The summer programme, which is supported by the Armed Forces Officers Club (AFOC), is also designed to develop student's leadership and teamwork skills, gain a greater understanding of the ADTA and Abu Dhabi's tourism promotion, gain hands-on experiential learning in hospitality operations and appreciate the tourism industry's crucial role in diversifying the emirate's economy.

"The students will get to see the hospitality industry, both in the front line and back room which should not only enlighten, but enthuse them," added Al Reyami.

Included in the curriculum are visits to the Shaikh Zayed Mosque; trainings at AFOC's food and beverage, front office and recreation departments; familiarisation trip at Emirates Palace, Shangri-la Hotel Qary'at Al Beri and Tourism Development and Investment Company, the company behind the development of many of Abu Dhabi's leading tourism destinations.

The students will also visit Sir Bani Yas Island in Abu Dhabi's western region and Al Samaliyah Island where they will explore sustainable tourism, the preservation of biodiversity and heritage.

Fact finding tours of Abu Dhabi's Heritage Village and Falcon Hospital are also on the itinerary as well as trips to the restored Al Jahili Fort in Al Ain and Al Ain Palace Museum.

A visit to the upcoming 'Summer In Abu Dhabi' family carnival is also aimed to give the students greater C understanding of Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Centre as an all-round venue.

During the programme, the students will be asked to work on special projects that will win them prizes at an award ceremony that will be held at a later stage.

"The main project will be to design a tour itinerary for a visitor to Abu Dhabi in 2012. The results should give us a glimpse into the shape of the destination (that has yet) to come," said C Al Reyami.

The programme's mode of instruction will be in Arabic with both male and female students participating in one group.

More information on the programme can be had from

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Publication:Khaleej Times (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)
Date:Jun 7, 2009
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