One of the most frequently gathered cities f the world is Dubai. This is the main reason that the country’s economy and GDP are mostly contributed by the Tourism industry and hospitality sector. There were a big number of 8 million visitors in 2011 for either work or vacation. Beaches, parks, museums, and entertainment places are the main attractions of Dubai.
There are several other upscale properties in Dubai serving as tourist destinations. The goodwill of the UAE’s hospitality industry is added by large number of delicacies prepared by world famous chefs. Dubai’s development in a cosmopolitan style has been helped by a large number of franchised brands. Foreign hotel chains have the dominancy over the local in the Food and Beverage (F&B) service sector. This shows the less willingness of the local entrepreneurs towards high risk taking. Another factor that comes into light with this is that the number of culinary experts are very less locally in serving the UAE hospitality sector. However this scarcity of local F&B participants have been adequately filled up by the international players in the hospitality sector.
Demand of increasing trend for hospitality services in Dubai
At the end of 2012 figures show stats of 7.8 million people’s stay as hotel guests and 2.1 million people’s stay as serviced apartment guests in Dubai. The total number reached to 9.9 million guests for the 12 month period in 2012. The demand for hotel guest nights would be 26.0 million if represented in terms of guest nights while 11.4 million would be of service apartment guest nights. This sums up the hospitality sector’s total to 37.4 million guest nights in total in 2012 for Dubai.
As compared to the figure in the year 2008, there is increase of 64% in 2012.Dubai ranks 7th in terms of highest number of international overnight visitors as per the Global Destination Cities Index for the year ended 2013. Among Barcelona, Rome, Hong Kong, and Milan Dubai was still on the top rank in terms of popularity. In the number of international overnight visitors the growth was at its peak in Dubai in 2013 from that of 2012 in comparison with other indexed cities.
In an improving economy in one sector the development starts to percolate to many other ancillary sectors. Similarly many sectors and fields are growing in the UAE hospitality sector. Firstly the tourism has been helped by the development in this sector while finding a boost. However the tourism sector itself supports the hospitality sector. Therefore there is mutual growth in both these sectors or can be said complementing growth to each other.
Dubai marks as the second most popular relocation destination after Hong Kong as mentioned by the latest survey by one of the world’s largest independent financial advisory deVere Group by young British professionals and massive industrial and economy growth are the two most crucial factors behind it.
Rise of professionals’ demand in the hospitality sector
It is not possible for any of the tourism sector or the hospitality sector to grow all alone. Both sectors require each other’s support. Likewise the hospitality management studies are pushed by the education sector due to the increasing demand of hospitality professionals. Again it was not possible to create quality professionals without the support of the education sector and thus there would be lack of trained professionals in the hospitality industry. Even though there is high demand of trained professionals in the hospitality sector and the hospitality personnel are created in large number through the education sector but still the supply of such trained professionals lacks in between. Therefore big numbers of students are found pursuing their studies in the hospitality sector to absorb them in this giant sector of UAE.
Scope of career in the hotel industry
There are no such restrictions that only the UAE people can have jobs in the hospitality sector but companies in Dubai are being joined by professionals from all over the world. However it is also a fact that an Emirati manager is given preference over others. The taste of the local culture has been demanded by most of the tourists even at the time of greeting. So an Emirati manager has the abilities to greet guests with an Arabic touch. Apart from being a manager, the sales jobs in Dubai are also in big number relating to the hotel sector here. Aviation industry, high end food catering services, food and beverages, etc. are also some major areas for jobs in Dubai. Thus job opportunities increase with the increase in growth of hospitality and tourism industry and with these sectors’ growth job in other related industries also increase.