19 new tour guides, including five UAE nationals, charged with bringing the emirate’s 7000+ year history to life, were certified at the graduation ceremony on June 21, 2022
Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates: The 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 successful graduates of the 2022 Tour Guide Training Program, the first post-pandemic course.
Among the new guides are five UAE nationals from across 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 emirate’s fascinating heritage and traditions.
Designed for those aspiring to a tour guide career, the program is designed to provide candidates with the skills and knowledge needed to maximize career opportunities in the tourism industry and meet industry standards. The courses are conducted by lecturers and trainers who have years of experience in the fields of cultural heritage and apply their knowledge against global standards, resulting in world-class tourism professionals.
During May and June, participants took part in hands-on overland training courses, mastering the art of effective commenting, active listening, managing difficult situations and conducting effective tours, both small and large, as well as a host of additional skills to advance their careers. During a graduation ceremony held at AURAK on June 21, 2022, the candidates who successfully completed the course and passed both the theoretical and practical exams received an official certificate and tour guide card issued by Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority were issued. The newly certified tour guides are now eligible to join tourism-oriented organizations and companies that offer cultural experiences for visitors, including city tours, heritage site visits and other sightseeing around the emirate.
Prof. 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 strives to develop and expand the number of professionals entering the industry to sustain the tourism sector of Ras Al Khaimah and UAE and contribute to growth. Working hand-in-hand with our strategic business partners and business institutions, we look forward to equipping our youth and the next generation with the knowledge, know-how and expertise to dare and explore the unfathomable.”
comment on the success of the training course, Raki Phillips, Chief Executive Officer, Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority said: “We place great emphasis on the growth and development of our next generation of tourism talent. Today’s travelers want to go beyond the traditional vacation experience and are more likely to seek new and fulfilling experiences that allow them to immerse themselves in the destination for a sense of purposeful travel. It is therefore important to have qualified, passionate tour guides who will showcase the rich culture and heritage of Ras Al Khaimah and bring our unique, authentic Arabic experience to life with a new 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 regions in the world, home to three Arabian tribal traditions that span coast, mountains and desert, all of which still exist can be experienced today. As part of its Sustainable Balanced Tourism Strategy and its vision to become a regional leader in sustainable tourism by 2025, the Authority has made concentrated efforts for sustainable development through cultural tourism, which not only protects natural and cultural heritage, but also creates of jobs. Cultural sustainability projects include a three-phase restoration program at Al Jazirah Al Hamra, as well as a customized tour of the emirate’s key archaeological sites. Four of the historical sites have also been included in the UNESCO Tentative World Heritage List – Al Jazirah Al Hamra, Julfar, Shimal and Dhayah Fort.
For more information on Ras Al Khaimah, visit www.visitrasalkhaimah.com