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Dubai College of Tourism (DCT) was established by Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism) to be a world class vocational tourism college that would drive professional excellence capability in all tourism and hospitality service personnel in Dubai.
Our vision is to become the premier vocational training institute for the tourism, hospitality, retail business, culinary arts and events industries in the MENA region and to be renowned by both students and employers alike.
DCT offers certificate and diploma courses in five core subject areas: tourism, hospitality, culinary arts, retail, and events, and a specialised Dubai Programmes faculty. The programmes follow the National Qualifications Framework for the UAE (QFEmirates) and are approved by the KHDA.
The ‘job-focused’ training on offer at DCT will be attractive for high school leavers 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 college accepted its first intake of students in September 2017.
In line with the strategy set by Dubai Tourism and the Dubai government, DCT works directly with Dubai’s tourism industry on providing fundamental training programmes specifically designed for those working within the tourism industry, such as Dubai Way (an online video based programme for tourist-facing staff in Dubai) and Dubai Expert (an interactive online training tool for international travel agents). Both programmes have the ultimate goal of enhancing the overall tourist experience for all visitors to Dubai.
The college is responsible for running Medyaf, an initiative of Dubai Tourism (Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing) to attract Emiratis to work in Dubai's tourism industry. DCT has developed excellent recruitment, training and industry on-boarding programmes, to support and encourage young UAE Nationals to be part of the city’s evolving tourism sector.