Tasked with bringing the emirate’s more than 7,000 years of history to life, 19 new tour guides, including five UAE nationals, certified at the graduation ceremony held on June 21, 2022
Ras Al Khaimah, UAE: Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA), in partnership with the American University of Ras Al Khaimah (AURAK) – Center for Executive & Professional Education, has certified 19 graduates of the Tour Guide Training Program 2022, the first post-pandemic course .
Among the new tour guides are five UAE nationals from Ras Al Khaimah who will use their skills to share the destination’s rich tribal history and take visitors on a unique historical and cultural journey into the fascinating heritage and traditions of the emirate.
Established for those seeking a career as tour guides, the program is designed to equip candidates with the skills and knowledge necessary to maximize professional opportunities in the tourism industry and meet industry standards. Courses are delivered by lecturers and trainers who have years of experience in cultural heritage fields and use global standards to impart their knowledge, resulting in world-class tourism professionals.
In May and June, participants took part in hands-on on-land training and mastered the art of effective commentary, active listening, handling difficult situations, and effectively conducting small and large tours, as well as as various additional skills to advance their careers. At a graduation ceremony held at AURAK on June 21, 2022, candidates who successfully completed the course and passed the theoretical and practical exams received an official certificate and tourist guide card issued by the Development Authority tourism in Ras Al Khaimah. Newly certified tour guides are now eligible to join tourism-focused organizations and businesses that organize cultural experiences for visitors, including city tours, visits to heritage sites and wider tours in the emirate. .
Teacher. Hassan Hamdan Al Alkim, President of the American University of Ras Al Khaimah said: “Today is a proud day for us as we celebrate the graduates of the RAK Tour Guide Training Program. Tourism is one of the main pillars of Ras Al Khaimah’s economy and AURAK is keen to develop and increase the number of professionals entering the industry to support and help develop Ras Al Khaimah’s tourism sector and the United Arab Emirates. Working hand in hand with our strategic economic partners and economic institutions, we are excited to equip our young people and the next generation with the knowledge, skills and expertise to venture out and explore the unexplored.
Commenting on the success of the training, Raki Phillips, Director General of Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority said, “We place great importance on the growth and development of our next generation of tourism talent. Today’s travelers are looking to go beyond the traditional vacation experience, instead seeking new and fulfilling experiences where they can immerse themselves in the destination for a sense of purposeful travel. As such, it is important to have qualified and passionate guides who showcase the rich culture and heritage of Ras Al Khaimah and bring our unique and authentic Arabic experience to life with a fresh perspective.
Ras Al Khaimah has an incredible history dating back over 7,000 years to the Bronze Age, making it one of the oldest continuously inhabited areas in the world, home to three Arab tribal traditions covering the coast, the mountain and desert that can still be experienced today. As part of its Sustainable Balanced Tourism Strategy and its vision to become the regional leader in sustainable tourism by 2025, the Authority has focused its efforts on sustainable development through cultural tourism, leading not only to protection of natural and cultural heritage, but also to job creation. Cultural sustainability projects include a three-phase restoration program at Al Jazirah Al Hamra as well as a tailored tour of key archaeological sites in the emirate. Four of the historical sites have also been included in the tentative list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites – Al Jazirah Al Hamra, Julfar, Shimal and Dhayah Fort.
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