Dubai College of Tourism Accreditated from Renowned Institute of Hospitality

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Accreditation obtained for DCT’s Certificate and Diploma programmes across four core specialisations - Culinary Arts, Events, Hospitality and Tourism

Dubai College of Tourism Accreditated from Renowned Institute of Hospitality
  • College lauded for successfully managing learning process during pandemic by leveraging online training platforms

Dubai, UAE, 30 August 2020: Dubai College of Tourism (DCT), a part of Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism), has received accreditation for eight of its core certificate and diploma programmes from the Institute of Hospitality, the world-renowned entity dedicated to the career development of tourism professionals worldwide.

DCT submitted eight programmes for accreditation, namely, Certificate in Culinary Arts; Certificate in Events; Certificate in Hospitality; Certificate in Tourism; Diploma in Culinary Arts; Diploma in Events Management; Diploma in Hospitality Management; and Diploma in Tourism Management. These programmes were developed by DCT with the twin goals of meeting the demands of the industry for skilled young professionals and to prepare Emiratis for careers across tourism touchpoints, in line with Dubai’s tourism growth strategy.

The London-based Institute of Hospitality is an international membership organisation of professionals based in over 100 countries and representing all sectors of the industry, from hotels and food service to leisure, tourism and academia. It also functions as a recognised international body in the field of Accreditation and Endorsement for hospitality, leisure and tourism programmes of learning, and is known for its rigorous evaluation of educational programmes to ensure they meet accepted international standards.

Commenting on the accreditation, Essa Bin Hadher, General Manager of DCT, said: “Dubai College of Tourism is proud to receive this globally recognised accreditation from the Institute of Hospitality.  It is testament to the integrity of our international standards across curriculum and faculty and allows us to provide students with the highest quality and relevant training that helps them achieve their academic goals, as well as enabling us to meet the needs of the industry. Gaining accreditation by such a prestigious professional body is also a recognition of DCT’s commitment to continuously strive for excellence to ensure that our graduates are even more readily welcomed by employers in the tourism sector.”

Peter Ducker FIH, Chief Executive, Institute of Hospitality said, “The Dubai College of Tourism is an excellent college offering exceptional vocational training and we are delighted to welcome them to our global network. We believe that their certificate and diploma programmes meet the highest quality standards and will provide learners with the skills and knowledge required to progress an exciting career in the hospitality industry.”

In meeting the criteria for accreditation, Dubai College of Tourism was commended for its well-designed and comprehensive certificate and diploma programmes, its strong relationships with the industry and its the innovative approach to maintaining the industrial placements for students, the publication of a Quality Management Handbook, the range and thoroughness of DCT’s policies and procedures and its intention to appoint External Examiners.

The institute’s accreditation panel of experts, in particular, praised the detailed and well-considered adjustments that DCT made in meeting the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, in both facilitating online delivery and in the virtual environment for all aspects of the programme and the support given to students especially in the areas of professional skills development. With the health and safety of students being the key priority of DCT in the current situation, DCT provided a range of innovative virtual internships to students who finished their academic year to ensure they were able to prepare for the next stage of their career without any disruption to their studies or affecting their mentorship and training opportunities.

The eight programmes were developed in line with the requirements of Dubai’s Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) framework and are designed within a Vocational Education and Training (VET) progression pathway that will culminate with an applied bachelor’s degree. Designed around industry best practices, these programmes are aimed at maximising career opportunities within Dubai’s travel and tourism workforce. All programmes at certificate and diploma level include mandatory internships with leading industry partners. The accreditation by the Institute of Hospitality is an international assurance of the quality of the programmes and makes it even more compelling for students to pursue a career path at DCT.

With many students in Dubai having recently received exam results which may determine where they attend college, DCT aims to support potential students who are interested in pursuing a tourism-related career. The College looks at each student individually and holistically and not just at testing results and has a range of scholarships and awards available for the new academic year commencing in September. Details of the 2020 Scholarships Programme are available at DCT is also conducting Open Days by appointment for students and parents interested in seeking more information. For details visit


About Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism)

With the ultimate vision of positioning Dubai as the world’s leading tourism destination and commercial hub, Dubai Tourism’s mission is to increase the awareness of Dubai among global audiences and to attract tourists and inward investment into the emirate. Dubai Tourism is the principal authority for the planning, supervision, development and marketing of Dubai’s tourism sector. It markets and promotes the Emirate’s commerce sector, and is responsible for the licensing and classification of all tourism services, including hotels, tour operators and travel agents. Brands and departments within the Dubai Tourism portfolio include Dubai Business Events, Dubai Calendar, and Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment.

About Dubai College of Tourism (DCT)

DCT runs the first-of-its-kind multi-disciplinary educational platform in the region. The College provides foundation, certificate and diploma courses in tourism, hospitality, retail, events and culinary arts through the TVET accreditation framework. DCT aims to be recognised as the premier vocational institution in the region with its courses bridging the gap between in-house training and a full bachelor’s degree, ensuring a steady stream of highly trained tourism professionals for the city. The college is also responsible for delivering fundamental programmes specifically designed for those working within the tourism industry, such as ‘Dubai Way’ (for tourist-facing staff in Dubai) and ‘Dubai Expert’ (an interactive online training tool for international travel agents). For more information, please visit